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retro eco kitsch: upcycled talk radio lamp


vintage radio lamp

Have someone on your holiday gift list that has a style that trends retro-kitsch? This radio/telephone hybrid lamp (above) may be the perfect office addition to your favorite funky-so-and so’s home office or loft. The “Talk Radio Lamp” is the creation of Tyagi Schwartz and his Dog Tag Designs.

driftwood phonedesk lamp

Dog Tag Designs specializes in repurposing upcycled objects into functional object art. Each item is ‘dog tagged’ noting the location it was discovered (provenance), the date it was transformed, and its working title.

Perhaps this will inspire you to hit the basement, garage or attic in search of the raw materials for your own upcycled DIY creation.

related: more eco-friendly home decor featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Green Monday for the Eco-friendly Shopper


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Today, December 9, 2013 is deemed Green Monday, a holiday shopping day coined by Ebay in 2007. Apparently the term has nothing to do with being sustainable or eco-friendly, but since everyday is truly green here at Alternative Consumer, we figured we’d do a roundup of 12 of our favorite eco-friendly e-tailers for all you smart, sustainably-minded shoppers.

  • Faire Collection for beautiful Fair Trade eco fashion and accessories made by artisans around the world: shopfaire.com (be sure to check out their super luxe hand-knit alpaca scarves, stylish Gramercy Hat and fingerless gloves). (more…)
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