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Sustainable Braintree takes reduce, reuse, recycle to new heights with the South Shore Celebration and Make a Difference Day

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 3, 2011 04:45 PM

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Sustainable Braintree is promoting two weekends of events this month with the South Shore Celebration and Make a Difference Day, both of which will promote sustainability and promote a mentality to give back to the community.

The Celebration will take place on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. at the Marshfield Fairgrounds, where Sustainable Braintree will join with over 70 vendors showcasing everything green.

From green energy usages to green cleaning products to sustainable and local clothes, jewelry, food, and wine, event organizers are hoping to draw a crowd that wants to learn about going green.

According to organizers, Greener Hull will also host a “Living with Wind Turbines” table to answer people’s questions about the green energy.

One booth at the event will also be collecting unwanted, old electronics for them to be recycled in a reasonable way. There is a fee between $3-$25 depending on the size of the item.

“Our workshop line-up has something for everyone as you journey from the healthy kitchen to the green garden, the solar workshop and more,” a release said.

Admission to the event is $3 per person, or $6 per family.

October will also welcome Make a Difference Day, which wil take place from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the weekly Braintree Farmer’s Market on Oct. 22.

This is the third time Sustainable Braintree has sponsored the national event, which will transform Braintree Town Hall into a collection center for new and gently used items.

Created by USA Weekend Magazine, the event takes place the fourth Saturday of every October in order to make a profound difference in a national sense, organizers said.

For Braintree in particular, in return for donations participants will receive a free, locally grown pumpkin, donated by Rockland Trust, while supplies last.

The list of what is collected is seemingly endless, showing the expansive need of many of those in the South Shore.

Acceptable items include children’s fall and winter clothing for Kids Clothes Closet, adult interview attire and household items for Interfaith Social Services, baby items for the Lucky Day! Thrift Shop, movies, music, and books for the Friends of the Thayer Public Library, musical instruments and equipment, board games, and game systems for the Braintree Community Youth Center, eyeglasses for the Lions Recycle for Sight, and cell phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Toiletries, non-perishable food and paper goods, cleaning supplies, and dry dog food are also welcome donations.

“I think [donating these things is] really important. It’s a good way to recycle items people have and never use anymore. Clears out their house and benefits the people that are needy,” saidDonna Ingemanson, a Sustainable Braintree official.

Ingemanson hopes for a good turnout on Oct. 22, saying that the event has been well supported in the past.

Additionally, it's all in an effort to expand what Sustainable Braintree can do for the community, she said.

"We’re always open to new ideas of sustainability and the environment. So it does expand over time," Ingemanson said. "The reasons I got into it was because I thought Braintree needed a farmer’s market for many reasons – to get local food, health benefits to the town, and environmental reasons. And it's built from there."

For more information on the Make a Difference Day event, click here or call 781-794-8338.

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