Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Recycled + Reclaimed + Repurposed = Remarkable

OK, we're back! It's been a few weeks since our last posting and I'm so excited to fill you in on some Eco-Goodies I've recently discovered. With so many birthdays, weddings and special occasions in my life....I'm always on the look-out for unique and responsible gift ideas. Eureka!! I found them...
Check out these glasses by Rewined Recycled Glassware at These sturdy yet sophisticated glasses are made from 100% recycled bottles, that are reclaimed from local bars and restaurants in Greensboro, NC. The artist, Bodhicitta, uses absolutely NO NEW MATERIALS!!! Make your guests Green with Envy with this stylish and super cool glassware.

Along with drinking good wine...another passion of mine is Sailing. So it was a no-brainer when I stumbled upon Ella Vickers Recycled Sailcloth Collection. Every piece they create is made with authentic recycled/reclaimed yacht sails. And as you can see...these stylish bags are not only Eco-friendly, they are extremely urban chic. The durable and sophisticated designs reflect the nautical lifestyle with crisp white Dacron Sailcloth and hi-performance Kevlar Sailcloth. This gorgeous collection ranges from the small cocktail cache to the functional tote messenger and the ocean durable duffel. They even have shower curtains and doggie beds!!! You can browse their wide range of designs at Here are some of my favorites:

And for those of you who know me of my biggest obsessions is Jewelry. I am very pleased to report that there are hundreds of jewelry designers that are using recycled and repurposed materials in their designs. In my opinion, it's silly not to! To break away from the standard, mass produced designs that saturate the jewelry market today...these designers are drawing inspiration from the earth, using unique and responsible materials to create one-of-a-kind treasures. I absolutely love these simple, yet stunning pieces from Bottled Up Designs. The designer Laura Bergman, creates this beautiful jewelry using recycled antique glass and reclaimed glass from bottle dumps. She even includes "The Story of the Glass" with each piece, detailing what the glass was originally and the approx. age of the piece.

So next time you're shopping for a gift (or for yourself)...why not look for goods that are made with recycled or reclaimed materials. By supporting these Eco-friendly companies, you are not only preserving history, but helping build a more sustainable future for our planet.
Have a great day!

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