Reuse and Crafting at Hancock Shaker Village

Papermaking at the Hancock Shaker Village

The Center for EcoTechnology is thrilled to partner with Hancock Shaker Village to bring information about energy efficiency and waste reduction to their events and activities!

This past Friday we offered upcycling activities for children at the Village’s Free Fun Friday extravaganza. In one activity children repurposed tiles from our EcoBuilding Bargains reused build materials store into decorative coasters and trivets. We also offered a papermaking workshop, where kids made bookmarks out of recycled paper and pulped corn husks. About 150 children took home amazing tiles and bookmarks!

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Creative Reuse Project: Make a Wall Planter!

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

We recently learned how to upcycle a cabinet door into a hanging wall planter, and we’re going to show you how you can too. This is the perfect project to bring a little life into your indoor spaces, whether it is flowers in your living room, or basil and parsley in your kitchen, this wall planter can be used in so many ways!

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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.

 

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!

 

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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