Second Annual EcoBuilding BBQ Recap

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

This past Saturday, we hosted our second annual EcoBuilding Barbeque! This public event, sponsored by PeoplesBank, was our way of celebrating spring, reuse, and waste reduction. Activities took place in the EcoBuilding Bargains lumber yard and we were thrilled with the gorgeous weather and a great turnout, with over 500 guests in attendance! DJ Kevin Legends did a phenomenal job playing music for us all to enjoy, and The Holyoke Hummus Company provided some delicious Mediterranean food.

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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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5 Reasons Why You Should Deconstruct Not Demolish

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

Why use demolition when you can give your building materials new life? At EcoBuilding Bargains, we work with contractors who will carefully take apart your house and save the valuable construction materials so they won’t go to waste. We then take those deconstructed materials and make sure it goes to someone who needs it!

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should deconstruct:

You Save Money: Deconstruction can save you more money than demolition in the long run. Items that you deconstruct from renovations and remodels, and then donate, are tax deductible! Disposal costs will be much lower, and many facilities offer free pick up services.

Keep Materials Out of Landfills: Last year
EcoBuilding Bargains diverted 430 tons out of landfills! Even if a deconstruction seems small, when each item is put together, the environmental impact is huge. You also get the benefit of not having to keep unwanted items around your home.

Variety of Accepted Items: At EcoBuilding Bargains, you can donate a variety of different used building materials, furniture items, or appliances! As long as it is in good condition, we take doors, windows, cabinets, toilets, flooring, sinks, lighting, lumber, and more! See what we accept to get a better idea of what we’re specifically looking for.

You Help Others: By deconstructing, we are able to salvage items that others can reuse in their homes! Because they are donated, these items can then be sold affordably at 1/2 to 1/3 of the original cost.

Donation Pick-up is Free: EcoBuilding Bargains offers free pick-ups 5 days a week! We can come to your home, job site, or business to pick up large volumes of deconstructed materials. Just call 413-788-6900 to schedule or use our online donation form.

 

Revamp your Lamp!

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow


Do you have an old lampshade that could use a fresh look? Instead of throwing it out and buying a new one, you can save money and reduce waste by redecorating the one you have! We recently revamped one of our old lampshades, and we’re going to show you how you can too! We got ours from our reuse building materials store, EcoBuilding Bargains for under $10 dollars. EcoBuilding Bargains’ inventory is constantly changing, but recently we got a donation of 60 lampshades from a hotel! We have multiple different shapes and sizes, and there are so many different techniques you can use to redecorate them. So stop on by, grab a lampshade, and start redecorating!

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EcoBuilding Bargains’ Newest Reuse Rockstar!

By Kevin Pink, Marketing and Development Specialist

Allison Wyman stopped into EcoBuilding Bargains looking for a vanity. She didn’t find the vanity she wanted, but what she DID find was pretty special: a bright orange sink.

“Even though it wasn’t practical at all, I fell in love with it and we brought it home,” she said. It’s a story we hear quite often at the store, and it left Allison feeling like she “won the lottery.”

When you buy a bold sink like that, it’s the kind of item you build a room around. The Wymans worked with a local countertop and cabinetry shop to build a custom countertop. This left them with a somewhat unusually-sized piece, so Allison’s husband built a custom cabinet and drawers to fit underneath the sink and countertop.

The bathroom makeover wasn’t finished there, however. They added tile and a light fixture to the wall above the sink.

What’s next? Allison tells us that the next step is to replace the linoleum floor with tiles, for which they plan to return to EcoBuilding Bargains. Fortunately, they are the new owners of an EcoBuilding Bargains gift card as a result of winning the Reuse Rockstar contest!

Watch as Allison and her sons William and Sam tell you more about their project! Congratulations, Wyman family!

 

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