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!


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.

2. Growing Giftsb1-terrarium
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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