Donate, Divert, and Deconstruct!

When it comes to moving, remodeling, or renovating it’s important to consider the financial and environmental costs of waste disposal for the items you no longer need or want. The process of demolition, where building materials are smashed with heavy machinery, fills up dumpsters very quickly. The standard protocol to dispose of unwanted building materials is to throw them in a dumpster and send them to a landfill. There is an alternative: these unwanted building materials have the potential to be reused and reinstalled into new homes through the process of deconstruction. Deconstruction is the careful disassembly of a building so that the materials inside can be reused in a new space. While this process can take longer than traditional demolition, 70% of building materials can be recycled, and 25% can be reused. Deconstruction is a more environmentally conscious alternative to demolition.

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Spring 2019 Reuse Rockstar Competition Winners

Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Spring Reuse Rockstar Competition! This competition highlights the creative and skillfully made projects our customers make with materials from EcoBuilding Bargains. The community voted for the project they liked best at our EcoBuilding Bash on Saturday, May 11th. All of the projects submitted were inspiring and creative, we are so grateful we have customers who choose to reuse and upcycle!

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Fourth Annual EcoBuilding Bash Recap!

Thank you to everyone who showed up to our annual EcoBuilding Bash this past Saturday! We had a great turnout with over 200 guests in attendance. This event is our way of celebrating reuse and our customers, while also providing home improvement tips from industry experts.

We loved meeting our guests in the lumber yard where the grill was going all day, plus Powder Hollow Brewery provided excellent local craft beer. 

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Kitchen Remodel Using Salvaged Cabinets

Using salvaged cabinets to remodel your kitchen can sound like an impossible task, but is actually really doable. One solution is to visit EcoBuilding Bargains, where there are always a variety of high-quality cabinets that need homes, but it can make you wonder how to integrate them into the spaces in your home. The Gaylords, who live in Easthampton, have integrated a beautiful salvaged cabinet set with the help of their contractor.

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DIY Vintage Halloween Light Fixture

Halloween is all about the creative costumes and fun decorations. Rather than utilizing disposable decor from the store, read more to learn how to make a completely plastic-free light that will make a spooky addition to your window display or front porch! Adjust your desired design to fit any holiday or celebration, you can cut out any shape to be illuminated!

 

Materials Needed:

  • Clear or white round light fixture
  • Light orange paint
  • Textured sponge
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or tape
  • Light source (lantern, battery-operated candles, fairy lights)

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