10 Ways to Give Sustainable Gifts

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow  

These sustainable gift giving ideas will help guide you through your holiday shopping this year!

1. Help Others Go Green
Give a gift to your friends and family that will encourage them to go green! Reusable water bottles and mugs, decorative tote bags, reusable containers, fun dish towels, or a solar powered charger are all great options.

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Giving plants, flowers, or terrariums as gifts can be a great way to brighten up a room during these cold winter months.

3. Buy Used
Look for unique vintage or antique items by shopping at thrift stores, antique stores or used books stores.

4. Buy Local
Try to buy goods from local businesses and artisans that are made of sustainable materials: cotton, bamboo, wool, or recycled materials.

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GoGreen Mailbag: LED Lighting

From time to time, we receive several inquiries about the same topic. We’ll try to address those topics in a brief, practical way in this ongoing series we call the Go Green Mailbag. This time, we discuss LED lighting.

What are LED bulbs, and how do they work?

LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode. A diode is a semiconductor with two terminals. When electrons move from one side of the diode to the other, they release energy, in the form of light. The color of tled1he light emitted is based on the chemicals that have been applied to the diode, so LEDs can be made in a variety of colors, including warm colors like the light emitted by traditional incandescent bulbs.

For more on the science behind how LEDs work, check out this article from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

How are LED bulbs different from incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs?

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Reuse Rockstar Competition- Fall 2016 Launch

by Aliza Heeren, Marketing and Green Homes Fellow

It’s that time of year again! We are excited to announce the launch of our fall Reuse Rockstar competition!

Reuse Rockstar is a friendly competition held to showcase all of the creative ways EcoBuilding Bargains customers transform materials they found at the store into beautiful and innovative pieces. Last year we saw doors turned into benches and headboards, a desk turned into a dining room cabinet, and so much more! Check out these submissions from last year for some inspiration:

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This crafty hanging file bench was submitted by Mary Jane Dunlop, and re-purposed from an old headboard.

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Upcycle a Cabinet Door Into a Chalkboard!

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and Green Homes Fellow

Ever think about what you could do with all of those old bottle caps? We have the perfect upcycling project for you! See how we turned a cabinet door into this beautiful chalkboard decorated with reused bottle caps!

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EcoBuilding Bargains Instagram Launch and Contest

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

EcoBuilding Bargains Instagram Launch and Contest 

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the EcoBuilding Bargains Instagram account! With so many one-of-a-kind pieces coming into our store, we want to be sure to highlight these unique urban treasures. We will feature many new and noteworthy items beyond our signature windows, doors, and cabinets. We will also provide creative ideas to upcycle and convert recovered products. The featured photos will inspire you to refurbish and revamp your home with something new, while helping the environment by diverting items away from landfills! It’ll be the perfect place for anyone looking for affordable and creative ways to furnish their homes!

One exciting feature is our weekly “Transformation Tuesday” project. This will typically be an upcycling project that has also been featured on Mass Appeal during our live TV segment. These upcycling posts will inspire viewers to come to EcoBuilding Bargains to gather supplies and then try these upcycling projects on their own!UPCYCLE Mikes school stuff cabinet

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