EcoBuilding Bargains’ Spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar!

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Marketing EcoFellow

The spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar competition put on by EcoBuilding Bargains, our building materials reuse store, has come to a close. Reuse Rockstar is a friendly, bi-annual competition that highlights customers who have upcycled, transformed or repurposed items from EcoBuilding Bargains into creative and functioning pieces. This year, we decided to let the public decide who should win! We hosted a live voting for the winner at our annual EcoBuilding Bargains Bash event and the winner is……local craftsman and owner of Piedmont Woodcraft, Matthew Johnson!

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Spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar Competition Winners

By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

The Spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar Competition has come to a close. Thank you to all who submitted entries and voted on the winner! This competition highlights some of the ingenious projects our customers make with materials from EcoBuilding Bargains. There were many creative entries, totaling 17 unique projects, all of which you can see here. The community voted for the project they liked best at our EcoBuilding Bargains Bash last Saturday. Thank you to everyone who participated! All the projects were amazing and we can’t wait to see what you come up with for our fall competition! Here are the top projects for Spring 2018:

Honorable Mentions

Colleen Adams – Bathroom Remodel

Colleen and her husband wanted to turn an unfinished space in their cottage into a second bathroom. They used materials from various reuse stores, including EcoBuilding Bargains! The two painted two raised panel doors, used for storage cubbies, and the biscuit-colored sink, nickel stand, and matching toilet helped complete the look!

 

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Spring Clean Your House: Reuse and Recycle Your Old Furniture!

By Avery Cross, Green Business Fellow

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According to the EPA, approximately 8.5 million tons of furniture waste is sent to landfills each year, even though many of these items are still usable, either as parts or as a whole. With limited landfill capacity – that’s an incredible waste of space! Additionally, throwing out furniture for disposal demands more energy and resources as new furniture is produced and transported to replace it – emitting associated greenhouse gasses in the process. Rather than sending unwanted furniture to the landfill, we can reuse and recycle it.

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Fall 2017 Reuse Rockstar Competition Launch!

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

Here we go again! EcoBuilding Bargains is kick-starting our Fall 2017 Reuse Rockstar Competition! Reuse Rockstar is a friendly competition held to showcase all of the creative ways EcoBuilding Bargains customers transform materials they find at the store into beautiful and innovative pieces. Last year, our customers turned a wooden beam into a light fixture, old wood into a rustic coffee table, old bowling alley lane flooring into a counter top and so much more! Check out these submissions from last year for some inspiration:

 

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Len Scanici made a beautiful kitchen island using reused bowling alley planks for the counter top!

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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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