DIY Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

For some people, February is a month full of dreary winter days and anguish over never-ending slush on the ground. For others, it’s excitement over the days beginning to get longer and the anticipation of spring. For yet others, it’s a month of looking forward to Valentine’s Day. This holiday is often full of loving surprises, beautiful flower bouquets, and an assortment of candies. Yet, like many other holidays, this day is also dominated by industries who sell products that are bound to end up in the trash. Valentine’s Day, however, does not need to be a drain on the environment. Read on to hear some creative DIY gift ideas and get your eco-friendly crafting juices flowing!

Cardboard Heart Cards

Instead of buying cards at a store, why not create some of your own from materials at home? Pictured below is a cardboard heart cutout design, and makes for a pretty card to give someone. This is just one of many ways to reuse household products for cards—you could also use old magazines or newspapers, among other things!

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with CET

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building Fellow

Tomorrow, November 28, join the worldwide movement and give back to your community by participating in Giving Tuesday! This international celebration of giving has already raised $177,000,000 across 98 different countries, and the day has not even arrived yet! Tomorrow as people come together to give what they can to influential charities and organizations, we hope that you keep in mind the Center for EcoTechnology, and the work we do in your communities.

One of the best ways to get involved is at the local level. Here at the Center for EcoTechnology, we help our community make green make sense! Last year our outreach and education team connected with over 3,400 people around western Massachusetts. We traveled to 119 events, reaching from the Berkshires to Boston, helping people to save money and find even more ways to be environmentally conscious. We love the work that we do, but as a non-profit we need help doing it.

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How to Green Your Office

By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

Green Office

We’ve written many articles on how you can make your home greener, but what about your office? In 2016 in the U.S., people spent roughly 7.99 hours a day at work. During the course of our lifetime, assuming an average lifespan of 78 and working between the ages of 18-65, we spend between 15-35% of our lives at work! So why not make that space green and sustainable as well? Small changes made by individuals can make a huge difference and inspire others to do the same. Here are some of our favorite tips to help you green your office!

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Top 14 Ways to Reuse your Paper and Plastic Bags

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

Massachusetts has often been at the forefront in sustainable development and environmentally progressive policies. As of September 2017, 55 Massachusetts cities and towns, representing 19% of the state’s population, have passed a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. Plastic bags can take hundreds of years to decompose and since recycling plastic bags is a costly process,
less than 5% of plastic grocery bags in the U.S. end up being recycled. Since Northampton passed a plastic bag ban, your options are to bring your own reusable grocery bags or be provided with paper bags at the counter. Learn how you can reuse your old plastic bags and paper bags in creative ways that keep them out of the landfill!

 

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The Weight and Impact of EcoBuilding Bargains

By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

The Center for EcoTechnology is proud to say that we have successfully been making green make sense for the past 41 years. One of the many ways in which we make an impact is by operating our EcoBuilding Bargains store (formerly the ReStore Home Improvement Center). EcoBuilding Bargains is the largest used building materials store in New England. It supports CET’s mission by keeping thousands of tons of materials out of landfills – last year alone EcoBuilding Bargains kept over 300 tons of usable building materials from being dumped into landfills!

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