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Friday, October 25, 2013


Eco-Friendly Parax Paper – made from stone


Paper has always been the poster child of recycling initiatives and programs, but UK-based Parax Paper has left no stone unturned…

What makes Parax Paper so unique is that it is not made of trees, synthetic paper, or even recycled paper, but actually a combination of calcium carbonate/limestone mineral powder and a “non-toxic photodegradable resin”. What this means is that this paper is extremely environmentally friendly as well as: waterproof, tear resistant, oil-proof, and greaseproof. It’s ready for spills and thrills – you won’t have to worry about spilling on the paper whether you eat or drink over it, or even if you have the urge to take it for a swim! Seriously, you can go snorkeling and jot down a few notes while swimming like a fish.


They feature a line of sleek notebooks and snazzy gift bags. However, Parax Paper isn’t limited to just the products they showcase on their website, they will cater to your customized paper needs. (more…)

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

magical handmade artisan halloween masks

magical fox mask handmade

What to wear to your neighbor’s annual Halloween snooze-fest? You can be the person who wears that très boring, made-in-China mask – or you can masquerade with a unique expression of your inner individuality and quirkiness – a handmade ‘magical’ fox or owl mask.

handmade collage owl mask

These artisan masks are the creation of French artist Ninn Apouladaki. Her owl and fox masks are created from original collages, which have been printed on to heavy bond paper to form the face of her magical creatures. (more…)

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Monday, August 5, 2013

eco art: decorative wall art made from recycled and salvaged wood

abe lincoln profile wall art recycled wood

Here’s great idea for reusing old and discarded lumber – create your own wall art. If, like me, you lack the skill and artistic refinement to create such things as the Abe Lincoln silhouette pictured above, you may want to let an artist and craftsman like John Birdsong create the treasure for you.

whale wall art reclaimed fence wood

Birdsong makes all manner of eco-friendly wall art from recycled, reclaimed and salvaged wood – much of it old wooden fencing he often finds discarded at construction sites. He creates rustic, weathered pieces in a variety of animal shapes (above), the outline of states (below) as well as custom silhouettes and decorative pieces – all by hand.

florida wall art upcycled wood

You can find more of his reasonably-prices work @ rustic state.

related: more eco-friendly design finds from The Alternative Consumer

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

eco art: custom beach signs on reclaimed wood

surfer girl reclaimed wood sign

It is now officially beach season – the perfect opportunity to personalize your summer beach rental – or your weekend getaway – with a vintage-looking original sign created by an artist on reclaimed wood. We always support creating home furnishings and new pieces from eco-friendly salvaged wood and materials – saving trees and keeping valuable raw materials out of the local landfill.

handmade beach sign on reclaimed wood

These weathered-looking signs come complete with a ‘beachy’ vibe and look like they’re as old as the sea – in reality they have been custom-created from reclaimed lumber to add that touch of character and authenticity every beach shack, or waterfront palace, needs. The distressed character of the graphics blends beautifully with the inherent beat-up quality of the reclaimed wood – the perfect canvas for this kind of thing.

handmade high tide low tide sign

Designer and artist, Christina, of Mango Seed also makes wedding signs, prints and a variety of home decor items in her distinctive vintage distressed style – all on beautifully distressed reclaimed wood.

beach house rules sign

mermaid beach sign

Each item is handmade in North Carolina and designed to reflect the rustic artistry, old-world craftsmanship and relationship to the environment that went into their creation. The custom signs retail for $35 and up @ Mango Seed.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spotlight on Eco-Art: Australia’s Amazing Air Gardens

Melbourne Airborne Garden

Warning: cliché superman pun imminent. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s — Airborne, Australia’s living air gardens, swaying and rotating peacefully in the sky above Melbourne!

airborne gardenThe creative product of Lloyd Godson, Airborne is a series of suspended sustainable garden art installations. The floating gardens are constructed from salvaged bicycle tires and frames adorned with bromeliads. These species of plants don’t require roots or soil to grow, making them ideal for such a project. They photosynthesize at night, taking in all necessary water and nutrients via a cell within the leaves called a trichome. The Airborne installations are super sustainable, creating no waste and requiring almost no maintenance, other than biannual trimming; the first two gardens were installed during the Sustainable Living Festival in February 2013, and have since managed to survive without the installation of any watering system. A new garden will go up every 4 weeks above Melbourne’s Northbank area, until 8 total are installed and left on display for the remainder of 2013.

top photo via: interface design

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Eco-Art: The Tour of Twalumba

On April 24th, 2013, Zimbabwean art and sustainability ambassador Twalumba began her nationwide road-tour to spread awareness of waste management, recycling, and conservation. A celebrated resident of Victoria Falls, there is something a little different about Twalumba, whose name means “thank you” in Tonga. You see, unlike most ambassadors, Twalumba is…


…a larger than life rhinoceros sculpture made entirely of recycled beverage cans and recovered snare wire. Crafted in just six days, Twalumba is the product of a collaboration between the Environment Africa Victoria Falls Green Fund and the Ruoko Project, a community of artists. Twalumba was constructed to beautifully manifest the ideals that art and sustainability can support and complement each other in the search for creative and innovative solutions to our current global problems. The snare wire used to construct Twalumba’s huge horn was recovered by the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit, a deliberate symbolic choice: in Africa and globally, the wild rhino population is decreasing rapidly due to illegal poaching.

As part of her tour, Twalumba is visiting the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair and the Harare Festival of the Arts before eventually returning to Victoria Falls for the United Nations World Tourism General Assembly in August. She will be joined by similarly life-sized recycled sculptures of a lion, cheetah, buffalo, and elephant, and the sustainable art ambassadors will collectively be known as the Big Five.

You can stay updated on Twalumba’s journey on her facebook, Friends of Twalumba.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

handmade architectural birdhouses from reclaimed wood

reclaimed wood birdhouse

Spring has sprung and many of our fine-feathered-friends are looking for quality housing. A great functional and visual solution for both your backyard and your avian buddies — the architecturally tasty birdhouses created by Ted Freeman and his Roundhouseworks’ Shop.

designer birdhouse

Ted creates his whimsical, architecturally detailed birdhouses from vintage wood, tin and metal roofing reclaimed from deconstructed old farms and homes in his local Midwestern area. The eclectic, odd pieces of wood and hardware are transformed into birdhouses of architectural beauty and distinction, featuring metalwork flourishes and styles that evoke Art Deco, Tudor and medieval times.

handmade deco birdhouse

Each birdhouse is handmade and designed to serve the needs of small backyard cavity-nesting birds – chickadees, wrens, titmice, nuthatches, finches – and meets the ornithological recommendations of The Audubon Society and The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in regard to interior dimensions, materials, ventilation, predator guards, and clean-out access.

Freeman prides himself on the fact that each birdhouse features a distinct architectural style and aesthetic appeal – exhibiting a balance of architectural sophistication, utilitarian value and a visual appeal created by the rustic materials and their weathered textures and patina.

How do you price a handmade piece of art? The birdhouses range in price from $120 to $250

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Monday, April 8, 2013

green decor: handmade sculptural glass terrariums

handmade glass terrarium

Green your home with a low-maintenance, micro-environment. These lovely handmade glass terrariums are created by Ashley Bram-Johnson in Philadelphia. The sculptural geometric designs of the pieces make them both visually unique and very functional. The planters are created in a variety of shapes to accommodate shapes, sizes and needs of different plants. A fun design project, and neat way to add fresh outdoor elements into your indoor space.

handmade terrarium

Terrariums with openings can be placed with the opening skywards for plants that do not need a sheltered environment, like herbs, flowers and hearty succulents. Or, the planter can be placed on its side as a terrarium, with enclosed sides and only one opening at the front to create a micro-environment suitable for cacti, succulents and air plants.

handmade glass hanging terrarium

The solder used in construction is lead-free. Appropriate terrariums come with a kit that includes the supplies you need to get started: pebbles, activated charcoal and helpful tips on care and planting. Plants, soil and planting mediums are not included. Most of the terrariums sell for between $45 and $150 @ the ABJ Glassworks shop.

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