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Meet a Green Biz: Community Toolbox

By Emily | Apr 28, 2014 | in

Who: Community Toolbox Inc.

Community Toolbox obtains still functional household items (cabinets, doors, major appliances, sinks, etc.) and sells them at discounted prices. These collected goods must meet the business' strict criteria to ensure they work properly before being sold. Sales from these products support Community Toolbox's volunteer-driven "Fix-It Program," the core of its business. The team of volunteers works to help at-risk homeowners with small repairs focused on safety, health and accessibility. Their "DeConstruction" process offers the careful removal of materials for reuse and recycling.

Where: 135 Mirona Road, Portsmouth


What makes it green:

  • Keeps waste from used home goods out of landfills.
  • Takes brand-new goods from local retailers forced to update their inventory.
  • Furnished the store and offices with used furniture and building materials.
  • Recycled shelving used at Community Toolbox store.
  • Appliances that can't be resold in-store are sold to a metal recycling plant.
  • Recycles paper and plastic waste in office.

Poco's deck is finally open!

By Sam | Apr 25, 2014 | in

It’s never too early to declare the start of margarita season, right? As we all know, the weather’s warming up, and it’s time to hit the deck – specifically, Poco’s Bow Street Cantina, a seacoast staple.

Poco’s deck is officially open for business, and it’s one of the best spots on the seacoast for outdoor dining and drinking. Situated right on the Piscataqua, the breeze rolls in and sets the perfect tone for locally-sourced and organic Mexican fare. And it’s built with all sustainable materials, too. What more could you want?

As always, with your Green Alliance card, you can get 10% all food and drink at Poco's! Get a head start on your Cinco de Mayo and celebrate the oncoming warm weather at the greenest Mexican cantina in town.

Blue Ocean Society Makes Global Top 10 List for Marine Conservation

By Mary | Apr 25, 2014 | in

There are many for-profit organizations who claim to help save marine wildlife, but how many groups are truly making a difference? Realistically, only a number of groups deserve recognition for their extensive efforts, which is exactly why One Green Planet created the list of “10 Amazing Organizations Bravely Fighting for Marine Conservation.”

One Green Planet is an online resource that informs users about conscious choices worth making with concern to people, animals, and the planet as a whole. It recently released a list of the top ocean conservation groups around the world in order to help the public identify non-profit groups who are genuinely dedicated to preserving the world’s oceans. A Green Alliance’s Business Partner, the Blue Ocean Society, just so happened to be one of those noteworthy foundations.

Spring Discount with Acorn Organic Salon

By Ali | Apr 25, 2014 | in

Give your hair so extra love by visiting the Acorn Organic Salon! They have changed locations for your convenience and are now located under the Dover Natural Marketplace. Check out their new place by visiting the Green Alliance page and get a virtual tour!

When Dover natives Laura MacKay and Allison Degan created the Acorn Salon they knew they wanted it to be a sustainable business. Now, several years later they are environmentally conscious of their products and waste management. All hair care and body products used and sold are extensively vetted for toxicity, naturalness, safety and organic ingredients; Acorn’s standards go well beyond certified organic and look at each individual ingredient using respected scientific resources. Ever heard of vegan nail polish? We hadn’t either until visiting the Acorn Salon. The nail polish is free of carcinogens that can leak through the nails and into the body. The Acorn Salon also donates and promotes A Matter of Trust, the organization that makes oil spill mats with all the recycled hair.

Metal Wave Offers Sustainable Asset Management Solutions

By Mary | Apr 25, 2014 | in

Don’t make the mistake of throwing your unused i-pod or cell phone in the trash! Choose the sustainable option and bring it to Metal Wave Inc., a Green Alliance Business Partner, who will recycle your waste responsibly. Domestic e-waste at Metal Wave gets broken down to the bare essentials in order to minimize environmental impact. Metal Wave works hard to properly recycle any e-waste you have and want to get rid of, making sure it doesn’t end up in a lousy landfill.

It offers a single source solution that maximizes the recovery of aged IT products. Customers are guaranteed to be satisfied whether it’s sold or purchased complete systems, de-manufactured parts, or processed and recycled materials. Metal Wave is knowledgable about a wide range of products and has long-term experience when it comes to processing and reclamation.

Metal Wave aims to provides transparent domestic downstream for end of life recycling. Data and asset security is the most important part of any IT liquidation process, which is why It removes all asset tags and customer identifiable markings off products. Complete data sanitization services are offered for all types of storage devices, too.

Eco Sound Builders Offer a New, Sustainable, Life for Homes

By Craig | Apr 24, 2014 | in

By Kyle Bonus
Green Alliance Contributor

Looking to remodel your current home, or build one you’ve always dreamed of? Eco Sound Builders is an excellent choice when it comes to a company dedicated to quality, sustainable work while preserving its architectural integrity. Since 2007 Eco Sound Builders has utilized green design and materials in their many projects. It's a process that is both wallet and environmentally friendly.

Ever since joining his father on construction sites as a boy, co-owner, Ethan Korpi has had a passion for sustainable building. Through Roger Korpi, Ethan's father and business partner, Ethan has learned to honor the historical value of a building. His appreciation for older architecture in each project Eco Sound Builders does is shown by an effort to retrofit previous design into the newer renovation. However, instead of implementing new materials and structures, Eco Sound Builders look for ways to sustainably renovate and restore: sourcing wood from FSC and SFI certified forests incorporating efficient insulation and subcontracting with local outfits who specializing in non-toxic paints and reclaimed homegoods.

Take Advantage of Community Toolbox April/May Discounts!

By Mary | Apr 23, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is proud to welcome Community Toolbox into its tight-nit network of sustainable businesses and consumers. Community Toolbox is a non-profit that accepts donated home building supplies to sell at their outlet store on Mirona Road in Portsmouth. Funds from the sale of old and new parts goes towards their Fix-It program, which provides home repair to local residents in need.

As part of their new membership, Community Toolbox has decided to offer some amazing discounts during the months of April and May. The folks at Community Toolbox are selling Green Alliance year-long memberships for only $35! All Green Alliance members receive discounts with over 115+ of their business partners on the Seacoast.

5K Rescue Run for Marine Mammal Rescue

By Mary | Apr 23, 2014 | in

RYE -- The Seacoast Science Center is hosting a 5K trail race this Saturday, April 26, in order to raise money for rescuing marine mammals and providing New Hampshire ocean education. The 5K race and two mile walk are sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank, one of the Green Alliance's Business Partners. The scenic Rescue Run, formerly known as the Whale of a 5K Trail Race, will begin at 9:00 a.m. Participants will run or walk through the historical cross-country trails in Odiorne Point State Park. The 5K will provides runners with landscape views of the forest, old military fortifications, and sandy beaches.

The Rescue Run is both competitive and non-competitive. Those who place in the top five will be awarded a prize, however, it is not mandatory that all runners and walkers compete with that goal in mind. Families with young children can choose a two mile, stroller-friendly trail instead. The walking path is an alternative route to running that makes sure the whole family can be involved. All teams need at least five members and are encouraged to make matching t-shirts.

Seacoast Energy to Offer Highly Efficient European Furnace Options

By Patrick | Apr 23, 2014 | in

Seacoast Energy has recently expanded its product range to include appliances from WoodMaster – a Minnesota-based furnace manufacturer.

Upon agreeing to showcase WoodMaster’s European-style biomass products, Jack Bingham of Seacoast Energy was flown out to Minnesota where he received comprehensive training on product itself and the support that authorized sellers provide.

Forged in the name of efficiency, this union will benefit both parties enormously. Seacoast Energy will be the region’s only seller and servicer of WoodMaster’s product line while WoodMaster will break back into a market they had previously been dropped from.

Sales and Marketing Manager for WoodMaster, Todd Strem reflects on his link-up with Bingham and the technology his business will bring to the region.

“Anybody that really does research like Jack does – he reads, he hunts, and he looks at things; they realize that the European style of biomass heating is the way to go,” said Strem. “Their technology is further ahead than ours here because they’ve been mandated by their government for years to clean up.”

Minute Men Painters Painting to Please

By Kyle | Apr 22, 2014 | in

While a fresh coat of paint can change a room's aesthetics and your mood, it can also leave behind a terrible toxic smell. Clear your head of those toxic fumes with Minute Men Painters, who are dedicated to incorporating and emphasizing low toxin or toxic-free paints in all of their interior projects. The staff at Minute Men Painters know first hand how dangerous chemicals typically found in paint are. Some have lost all sense of smell because the toxic fumes have caused irreparable sensory damage to nerves. To avoid excess chemicals, Minute Men Painters use low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paints. Priced the same as their harsh chemical counterparts, choosing Minute Men painters is the healthier and environmentally friendly choice. Get in touch with them today!

Ridgeview Construction seeks Seasoned Site Manager

By Madelaine | Apr 22, 2014 | in

Ridgeview Construction is an award-winning custom home builder committed to leading the way in responsible home building. Our culture is focused on sustainability and being an engaged corporate citizen. Our success is based on the belief that when we support our employees to continually grow their skills and engage them in improving our building processes, we as a team can deliver better dream homes to our customers. Every employee is extremely passionate about what they do.

Due to our success and continued growth we are looking for a seasoned site worker who is ready to grow with us. We are looking for somebody who can be responsible for residential and commercial site work. The person in this role needs to be able to leave the traditional way of working behind and try new methods to improve the Ridgeview Construction experience and our product.

If being a passionate site worker (both residential and commercial), delivering high customer service, being able to plan multiple site work projects, sounds like you, and you are well experienced with residential and commercial site work, (being a licensed septic installer is a requirement), than you would be a great fit for our team.

900 Degrees' New Dinner and a Movie Deal

By Madelaine | Apr 22, 2014 | in


Spend $15 at 900 Degrees and receive a movie ticket at matinée price! Movie tickets are valid at O’Neil Cinemas, which has locations in Londonderry and Epping, NH.

Yankee Thermal Imaging is Growing - Become Part of Its Team

By Madelaine | Apr 22, 2014 | in

Here at Yankee Thermal Imaging (or "YTI" if that's too much of a mouthful) we are changing the insulation and energy efficiency industry. We offer both consumer and business options that help improve energy efficiencies by providing affordable audits and solutions.

At YTI we offer not only innovation, but also a unique work environment.

Have you always wanted to work for a construction company that fits an entire work week in four days (in other words, Friday's off)? Are you not afraid of small spaces? Would it be enjoyable to see New England while serving clients? Then you might be a great fit for one of our teams!

We are currently looking to grow our Weatherization and ISP Program and are looking for individuals with a strong work history that are eager to learn and grow with the business.

We are looking to add the following members to our team:

Weatherization program
*Weatherization Crew Leader
with a strong background in construction and Management.
*Asst. Crew Leader
*Crew members

Purely Organic — Green Alternative to Commercial Lawn Care

By Madelaine | Apr 22, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Spring is finally here! While relaxing in the backyard enjoying the sun, you may have noticed some damage to your plants and grass from the winter. Looks like it’s time to start thinking about your lawn care.

Purely Organic Lawn Care can offer you a green alternative to typical commercial lawn care. Organic lawn care provides the same results as commercial lawn care, but without the use of harsh chemicals. Omitting harmful chemicals from the landscaping process helps to keep the environment safe, as well as your community and family. Not to mention organic lawn care conserves resources and saves money. Purely Organic has a knowledgeable trained team that specializes in the following services…  

- Liquid and granular organic fertilizers

- Weed and crabgrass management

- Grub management

- Compost tea for soil enhancement

- Mosquito and tick management

- Soil testing

- Aeration

- Over-seeding

- Seed-o-vating

Check out Purely Organic’s website to learn more about the services it offers, and get a jumpstart on your spring lawn care!

adaptDESIGN Renews with Green Alliance!

By Craig | Apr 21, 2014 | in

By Theresa Conn
Green Alliance Contributing Writer

, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, takes pride in bringing sustainability into every aspect of their architecture firm. Robert Cook and Paul Fowler, co-founders of Adapt, specialize in designing beautiful homes that complement the land they are built on. By focusing on three fundamental aspects of architecture - creative practicality, durability, and regionalism – Adapt designs homes that please environmentalists and architecture lovers alike.

For Cook and Fowler, creative practicality comes with constant assessment of the size, scale and program of each project. By considering how a building will naturally fit into a site, Adapt can maximize energy efficiency. For example, many homes designed by Adapt have large southerly windows that take advantage of passive solar heating. According to Cook, creating energy-efficient buildings is not a far fetched dream; “it’s just good design. We design homes that fit the build site.”

Green Alliance Members save 10% on schematic design services for design projects!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Match of the Month

By Ali | Apr 21, 2014 | in

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a Green Alliance business partner focused on the needs and success of the children in the Greater Seacoast community. The BBBS mission is to provide children in the program a big brother or sister who becomes their life long mentor and friend.

Each month, BBBS highlights a child in need on their waiting list. This month is dedicated to Ryan who is currently living in Newmarket. Ryan is a typical eight year old who enjoys animals, nature, gardening, jump roping, playing soccer, reading and riding his bike. He is an active, energetic, smart and creative individual who is in need of a Big. Ryan is seeking a Big brother to play basketball with and teach him everything an older sibling would normally do about school and growing up.

Eolian Energy is Dedicated to Renewable Power

By Ali | Apr 21, 2014 | in

Eolian Renewable Energy is taking the road less traveled by creating their path using alternative energy. Their projects range from clean energy and real estate development to permitting and construction. CEO Jack Kenworthy says he is proud to oversee a company leading the way into a brighter, more sustainable future.

Each of Eolian’s founding partners has a curiosity for clean energy and a passion for the environment. Their unique sets of skills and interests bring to the business professional expertise with a sense of responsibility to the community.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Colonial Stoneworks

By Patrick | Apr 21, 2014 | in

Who: Colonial Stoneworks

What: Adam Bennett, a New Hampshire native, is a master craftsman who tackles stonework more as an artisan than a laborer. With a priority of working with the natural landscape of each project, Bennett seeks to create outdoor environments that build upon and complement the organic environment.

Focused on "green hardscaping," Bennett works with reclaimed and recycled stone to craft walkways, mailboxes, staircases and elegantly rustic fireplaces. Colonial deals mostly with granite and other natural stone, resources inherently greener than amalgamated materials such as concrete.

Where: 142 Castle Hill Road, Windham


What makes it green:

  • Uses biodiesel in equipment and trucks.
  • Sets up 500-gallon tank to store biofuel to reduce trips to fill up.
  • Recommends paperless billing and invoicing to cut down paper waste.

Places a high priority on sourcing much of the materials locally or from the yards of the customers.All GA businesses are green certified. Read Colonial Stonework's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at

Join the Green Alliance Team for the 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure

By Mary | Apr 18, 2014 | in

The third annual Race for the Cure is less than a month away! The Green Alliance is proud to be a crystal sponsor for such an amazing breast cancer awareness race. The Vermont-NH Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen organization is coming to Portsmouth on May 10 to spread the word about the pink ribbon movement. The run/walk will begin at Strawberry Banke Muesum located at 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth. Proceeds from the event will go towards breast cancer research, treatment and educational programs in New Hampshire and Vermont. Every year, millions of women and their families are impacted by this disease. Just about everyone knows of someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer.

Participants can sign up as individuals or create their own teams. The Green Alliance has registered to run the race as a team, so now you can join us in raising money for breast cancer patients and survivors! Race registration costs $35. Exisitng Green Alliance members who sign up to join the Green Alliance team will receive a free Green Alliance t-shirt and a one year gift membership to give to a friend. Non-members interested in signing up to run with the Green Alliance Komen team will also get a free Green Alliance t-shirt. If you would like to run or walk with the Green Alliance, please email

Limelight Deal on a Gundalow Sail for Two!

By Mary | Apr 18, 2014 | in

Itching to get outside for some spring-time activities? Why not take a leisurely two hour sailboat ride on the Piscataqua? The Piscataqua is The Gundalow Company’s reproduction of a traditional flat-bottom gundalow. It’s the iconic symbol of the Seacoast of New Hampshire. The Gundalow Company is a Green Alliance Business who provides environmental education programs for Seacoast tourists on sailboat rides. The Gundalow Company is an eco-friendly nonprofit who was chosen as Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice winner in 2013.

They’re offering a two person sailing charter special for $30 from now until Monday, April 21! Take action today because this two-for-one Limelight Deal won't be available for long. Don’t miss your chance to take a scenic coastline tour with an expert guide. Those who sign up will save 50 percent on a sailing trip typically worth $60. The Piscataqua begins it journey at the Prescott Park dock located at 60 Marcy St. in downtown Portsmouth.