Reused Materials at Iconica Social Club

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

There is an exciting new addition to downtown Northampton coming soon…Iconica Social Club! This multi-purpose space will serve as a juice and coffee bar, art gallery, event space, and a cozy upstairs study area. Owners Em and Fitzpatrick Withenbury have been working on the renovation of this unique space for over two years and found lots of building supplies from EcoBuilding Bargains! Fitzpatrick and Em say they had a “determination to reuse” and loved finding used items and fixing them up for their space. They noted that old things have much more character and are typically built better. Their renovations look amazing, and this unique space is sure to be a hit!

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Creative Reuse: Sink Planter

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

Are you looking for a creative way to spruce up your garden? Do you love upcycling? We have the perfect project for you! We turned this old pastel sink into a beautiful garden planter in just a few easy steps.

Materials: 

  • An old sink
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Soil
  • Compost (optional, but will help your plants grow!)
  • Flowers
  • Water

Steps:

  1. Pick out your sink

You can do this project with an old sink that you have lying around your house, or you can purchase a used sink and help keep waste out of the landfill! We got ours from EcoBuilding Bargains for only $25! They have a wide variety of pastel sinks available. We chose this pretty pink sink because it went best with the rest of our garden.

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How to Plan a Zero Waste Event

By Lexie Vining, Outreach and Education Fellow 

At CET, we are proud of the work we do to help people and businesses reduce their waste. When planning our recent 2nd Annual EcoBuilding BBQ, we made sure that it was a zero waste event from start to finish! The theme was to connect with community members to celebrate spring, going green and re-use. We had a variety of ongoing events such as vermicomposting, crafts and upcycling demonstrations. It was all conveniently located at EcoBuilding Bargains, which is the largest used building materials store in New England. Listed below are the steps we took to create a zero waste event! If you are interested in reducing waste at your events, please consider the suggestions below!

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Second Annual EcoBuilding BBQ!

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

EcoBuilding Bargains is hosting its annual public barbeque to celebrate spring and reusing and upcycling materials next Saturday, May 20 from 12:00-2:30pm! This free event will feature a multitude of family fun activities, such as composting and reuse workshops, along with live upcycling and composting demonstrations and crafts for kids. Participants can also enjoy free food from the Holyoke Hummus Company while listening to music provided by local DJ Kevin Legends.

Join us in learning from salvage craftsman, Palo Coleman who is returning for a second time to the EcoBuilding Barbeque for a live demonstration of the Japanese charred wood technique of coloring, finishing and preserving siding. Coleman is a talented salvage craftsman based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who specializes in turning reclaimed materials, such as trees, industrial machinery and old furniture, into useable, aesthetically pleasing items. Coleman will be joined by Joe Rosatti, an experienced local upcycler and frequent customer at EcoBuilding Bargains. Rosatti will demonstrate how to upcycle an old bureau into a new piece of furniture.

Come meet our red wiggler worms! CET’s outreach specialist, Ed Rutledge, will give vermicomposting demonstrations throughout the day. He will show how to create a simple compost bin and explain how the worms help turn food waste into productive, finished compost. This event will also have family-friendly projects at the kid crafts table. Attendees can learn how to transform tiles into coasters and decorate bricks to display in the garden.

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Creative Reuse Project: Make a Wall Planter!

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

We recently learned how to upcycle a cabinet door into a hanging wall planter, and we’re going to show you how you can too. This is the perfect project to bring a little life into your indoor spaces, whether it is flowers in your living room, or basil and parsley in your kitchen, this wall planter can be used in so many ways!

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