Celebrate #GivingTuesday With CET!

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!

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5 Ways to Repurpose Fallen Leaves

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!

  1. 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!

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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!

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Fall DIY Decor: Salvaged Wood Centerpieces

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!

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Make Your 4th of July Red, White, Blue, and GREEN!

Summer is here, and party season is in full swing. With Independence Day just around the corner, there are preparations to be made! We have some tips to help you save some money, reduce your waste, and make your 4th of July green, as well as red, white, and blue!

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Planning

  • Bring reusable bags while shopping for supplies and food.
  • Ask guests to RSVP so that you can get the right amount of food and drinks. This will reduce wasted food and also prevent you from spending unnecessary money.
  • Choose natural or reusable decorations and reduce buying plastic items that will be thrown away.
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EcoBuilding Bargains Bash Recap

By Willow Cohn, Community Outreach and Education Fellow

This past Saturday, we hosted our annual EcoBuilding Bargains Bash! This public event was our way of celebrating spring, reuse, and waste reduction. Activities took place in the EcoBuilding Bargains lumber yard and throughout the store! Desite the gloomy and wet weather, we had a great turnout, with over 400 guests in attendance! DJ Kevin Legends did a phenomenal job playing music for us all to enjoy, and The Holyoke Hummus Company provided a wide verity of delicious Mediterranean food. We also displayed all of our Reuse Rockstar contestants, and guests could vote on their favorite project!

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