We can finally look forward to warm temperatures because spring is here! For many, the blossoming of flowers and the budding of trees renew our dedication to cleanse our homes of all the dirt, dust, and any other debris we’ve accumulated during the winter.
There are several cheap and sustainable alternatives for household cleaning, which allow us to get away from chemically driven cleaning products. Dirt and dust aren’t the only culprits for indoor air pollution, the off-gassing of chemicals in cleaning products are also to blame. Time to make the switch!
Look at what you have on hand, and what you use it for. This will help you find eco-friendly substitutes for any harsh chemicals you may have.
Baking soda effectively cleans, deodorizes, and cuts through grime.
- For a heavy-duty toilet and shower cleaner mix ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse after applying the solution.
Lemon juice annihilates bacteria, mildew, and mold.
- Tired of bleaching your cutting boards? Lemons are a great alternative to disinfecting wood or plastic cutting boards. All you need is to cut a lemon in half, scrub over the desired surface, and let it sit for ten minutes before rinsing. Talk about a non-toxic solution!
Watch this video to hear more about the solar hot water installation at Barrington Brewery!
Since 1995, Barrington Brewery has been serving their own Barn Brewed Beer and food made from scratch. Barrington Brewery was the first brewery on the east coast to install a solar panel that supplies solar-heated hot water for brewing and restaurant use. Solar hot water systems capture heat from sunlight and circulate the thermal energy to a hot water tank. Solar hot water reduces the usage of traditional water heating fuels, such as oil, electricity, or propane, saving consumers money on their energy bill (Mass Clean Energy Center).Read More»
This Tuesday, November 27, join the global movement and give back to your community by participating in #GivingTuesday! Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. The campaign connects diverse groups of individuals, communities, and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
For 40 years, the Center for EcoTechnology has helped people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. Each year, through our outreach and education efforts, we attend over 100 events—farmers markets, festivals, and other community and business events—and help thousands of people make green changes in their lives. Our mission is to make green make sense for everyone!
The leaves have started turning beautiful colors and fall is under way! With the new season comes new opportunities to find creative purposes for your fall leaf litter. We have five tips to help you get the most out of your fall leaves!
- Add your fallen leaves to your compost pile!
The carbon in leaves is essential to a healthy compost pile by adding nutrients and keeping moisture. You can pile them up next to your compost and add them in gradually all year. Don’t have a compost pile? Get started here, or check out your local farm to see if you can donate your leaves to their compost pile!
- Use them in your potted plants.
Mix dried leaves in the top two to three inches of soil. Overtime the leaves will decompose and increase nutrients, giving your potted plants a healthy start!
- Feed your lawn by just mowing over leaves!
Instead of raking up your leaves, just go over your whole yard with your lawn mower, this will chop up the leaves, spread them out, and allow them to decompose throughout the winter. Shredded leaves are also a cost effective alternative to store bought mulch and will help protect grass, flower buds and seeds in your yard.
- Create art projects with your fallen leaves!
Pick the most beautiful fall leaves to preserve and use for seasonal decorations. Leaves are a versatile art material. You can use them to stuff scarecrows, make a pretty fall wreath, and even for leaf rubbing art. If you would like to make leaf rubbing art, place dried leaves under a sheet of paper and shade over each leaf with a colored pencil!
- Gather leaves and help the critters.
Many wildlife species live or rely on the leaves to find food or make habitats. If you want to keep your yard clean, but help with wildlife then rake up the leaves and pill them up in a far corner of your yard. If you have a woodsy area on your property you can place them there!Read More»
As the warm weather comes to a close and the leaves begin to fall, apple cider donuts and pumpkin spice lattes aromatize the autumnal breeze. The cool weather, sweet smells, and blurs of orange and red trees remind us of the upcoming holidays and celebrations to come. This DIY craft is great for getting into the fall spirit and is the perfect way to make your holiday celebration meaningful, creative, and festive! If you have children, this is a great way to get them involved in decorating for the holidays and showcasing their artwork on the dinner table for friends and family to admire. Read on to learn about what materials are needed and how to create this beautiful centerpiece!Read More»