I discovered these interesting looking pieces of decorative eco art and home decor at the one-woman shop One Eighty Design. The raw materials for the work consist of reclaimed, found and salvaged metal scraps recovered from salvage yards, dumpsters and manufacturers.
The designer learned her welding skills from her dad who ran several small businesses and her salvage skills from her mom, who is an expert dumpster diver and recycle-based artist.
(above) These artsy, ceramic heart earrings are handmade from start to finish; each bead is shaped by hand, dried, fired in the kiln, glazed and then fired again. Decorated with a deep red glaze and fitted with silver plated clip-ons … a very lovable $23 and change @ the karoart Etsy shop
(above) For those who take things to heart more literally, designer Peggy Skemp makes anatomically correct heart lockets from recycled silver ($275) or half-hearted pendants (for $110) … find your match @ peggyskemp.com
For those of you with a bigger budget you might want to consider the Murano Yellow Sapphire Ring, (above) for your beloved. The ring features fairly traded yellow sapphires caste in 18k recycled white, yellow and rose gold. Naturally, those are G-VS conflict free diamonds … $1121 @ greenoro.com
(above) This charm is created from an upcycled earring, with a cord made from recycled sari remnants. If that cord doesn’t make the cut, replace it with a gold chain you probably already have lying around … a very loving $6.75 @ the cutarug Etsy shop.
(above) Handmade earrings from vintage heart-shaped buttons – lightweight for the lighthearted … $16.90 @ the kapelusznik Etsy shop.
(above) Perfect for spring – Apple and Bee Love Hearts organic cotton tote with nice details and interior zippered pocket … $46 @ NYC-based, kaightshopnyc.com.
Related: more fabulous eco fashion finds discovered by The Alternative Consumer