Creative Reuse Project: Make Your Own Paper!

Looking for a fun summer project? How about a family-friendly paper making activity! Paper making is a fun and interactive way to engage children in thinking about the paper recycling process and issues of waste reduction. This hands-on project demonstrates how used and discarded paper can be recycled into ‘new’ paper in order to conserve trees and save space in landfills. This is a great activity to do with children, but is fun for all ages! At the end of this rewarding project, each person will be able to make, decorate, and bring home their own hand-made piece of paper!

For this activity you will need:

  • Shredded or torn paper
  • Blender
  • Mold/Frame
  • Deckle/Screen
  • Roughly 3 gallons of water
  • A wide, shallow basin
  • Sponge(s)
  • Piece of cardboard or clean construction paper

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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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6 Ways to Stay Environmentally Friendly on Vacation

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’re probably starting to plan a fun summer vacation! While traveling, keep these 6 environmentally friendly tips in mind:

1. Bring Reusable Items 

Bringing a water bottle, reusable utensils, coffee cup, or foldable bags on your trip will reduce the need to buy single use products that are oftentimes more harmful towards the environment.

2. Support Local Stores

Supporting local entities maximizes both social and economic benefits of nearby communities while additionally supporting the culture and environment of the places you are visiting.

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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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Money and Energy Saving Tips for Spring Yard Work

The temperatures are rising and the flowers are blooming! With the longer days and warmer weather comes some yard work. While you’re getting your lawn and gardens ready for the season, we have a few tips that can help you save money while reducing waste and your carbon impact!

Compost yard waste

You’re going to be removing all kinds of carbon-rich “browns” from your yard. Thatch (a layer of dead organic material between the root and green parts of grass), sticks, dead leaves you didn’t clean up in the fall, and similar materials are great additives for your compost pile. You want three parts “browns” to one part “greens” (more recently-alive, nitrogen-rich materials, such as plant clippings) to keep everything decomposing well. You can add the finished compost to your garden soil or lawn later in the season to promote growth.

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