14 December 2005

gifties

yeah, i know the formatting is screwed up, but it's late. i'm tired.

Ok, this post doesn't concentrate on organic products, per se, but it's in the same vein. At the forefront of sustainability practices should be REUSE. It gives me a big warm fuzzy to see this idea becoming popular in arts, crafts and design. Below are some affordable examples of goods made by recycling.


This clock, made from an old NYC taxi cab sign is $25 at eco-artware. All items available on the site are made from recycled, reused and natural materials.





These earrings are another example from eco-artware. They're made from real typewriter keys and cost $25-30.





I suppose this is not the most exciting gift. But it is made of recycled rubber and is only $20-some dollars at Target.







In these necklaces,
Antique Chinese pottery shards are set in silver. $45







For the parents out there--This here Radio Flyer is made of 100% recycled plastic. $130 sounds like a lot, but a cursory look at Radio Flyer wagon prices shows it's the same or not much more than regular models.






Sustainable materials are something to look for if you are buying new. Bamboo is an incredibly sustainable wood, that I personally think is beautiful.


I like these bamboo windchimes because they're just like the ones my roommate has. And I love hearing them in the summer. Only $15.






These bamboo platters range from $6.50-$33.50.









Candles are always a popular gift to give, but if you do, look for soy or beeswax candles. Regular candles are made from paraffin, which is a product of petroleum; it produces carcinogens and soot when burned. Soy wax is biodegradable and water-soluble. You can find soy candles at most stores that sell candles.

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