When Beauty Standards Apply to Food

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building EcoFellow

Roughly 133 billion pounds of food is wasted every year in the U.S, and 6 billion of that is produce lost before harvesting or selling. This subset of food waste is attributed primarily to aesthetics, meaning the produce was too small, too large, off-colored, scarred, misshapen, etc.

6 billion pounds may not seem like very much in comparison to all of the food that is lost, but when you consider the resources – water, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel, and space – that are expended on food that is never eaten, it leaves quite the negative impact.

Aesthetic standards prioritize uniformity, targeting the consumers’ narrow view of what their produce should look like, but these images in our heads have little to do with flavor or nutritional value. We have to rethink what our food should look like and embrace their natural peculiarities.

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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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Get a Jump on Air Source Heat Pumps!

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building EcoFellow

In New England, heating our homes can become a lifestyle, whether it be chopping wood to stoke the fire, or incessantly monitoring the thermostat – we care about how much energy we use and know we’ve done well when we can see the change on our utility bills. That’s why Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) could be a great option for you! ASHPs are not necessarily new, they’ve been certified with EnergyStar since 1995, but as technological advancements continue to improve their efficiency, they have become the cutting edge of heating AND cooling. That’s right – they can do both!

Can you find the ASHP in this modern home? They are discrete enough to hide in plain sight! Home by Jeremy Levine Design

What are Air Source Heat Pumps?

Air Source Heat Pumps are highly efficient heating and cooling devices that run on electricity. They work by taking heat from the outside air and moving it into the home in times of cold weather, but with a flip of a switch they can remove heat from your home and channel it outside. This is different than most heating systems, which have to generate heat before it’s able to be used, as ASHPs only move heat.

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How to Host a Green BBQ this Labor Day

By: Avery Cross, Green Business EcoFellow

Labor Day is this coming Monday, September 4th! Many of us honor the American labor movement and the end of the summer by getting together for a delicious BBQ, why not make it green?! A lot of people and a lot of food does not necessarily mean a lot of waste. There are many opportunities to make your get-together a green event. You can do so by minimizing your environmental impact through waste reduction and efficient energy use. Not only could you help our environment, but also save money and enjoy yummy food! So as you fire up the grill, here are some green tips on how to host a Labor Day BBQ that will reduce food waste, lower emissions, feed your friends, and save money!

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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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