I was really glad we received an email from Carolina Fontoura Alzaga. She makes elegant, Victorian-style chandeliers out of recycled bike parts. I love to see projects where I have to look really hard to figure out what the parts were in their former lives.
Yes, at random, Environmental Tuesday is back. As I’ve been decluttering, I have not been able to toss out the mason jars full of wine corks I’ve collected for years. I never really intended on making a corkboard out of them (though this is a good idea and a great way to recycle them), but I could not bring myself to add them to a landfill even though I was trying to purge clutter like crazy. Perhaps I sensed that there was somewhere out there that would take them all along, because…
…There is a great new organization called ReCORK by Amorim that combines two of my favorite things, WINE AND SHOES! They want your used corks. Started California wine country in 2008, ReCORK is partnering with restaurants, wineries and airlines to collect used corks so that they can be reused in products like floor tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment…and SHOES! In particular, they have partnered with a shoe manufacturer called SOLE to make shoes out of the wine corks.
A quick glance at how it works: Check the ReCORK site for drop-off areas in your city and take your corks. If you don’t have a drop off area, ReCORK will send you a shipping tag, however, in order to keep carbon footprint down and not erase all of their good efforts, they want 15 pounds of corks at a time. Atlanta, even though I first read about ReCORK in the AJC, according to the site, we don’t have any drop off centers yet! Atlanta restauranteurs and wine shop owners, how about it? You may sign up just to recycle your own corks, or to be a collection partner, so that people can drop off their corks with you.
By the way, if you have any green resources or ideas you’d like us to spread the word about, please let me know in the comments section. I’d love to revive this series.
all images via ReCORK.org
Oh, canopy beds. So romantic and dreamy. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted a canopy bed but have never found the right one — mainly because modern canopy beds used to be hard to find. In recent years, more and more of them have been popping up and now there are quite a few great options out there. Enter the MASH Studios PCH Canopy Bed (or as I like to call it, the Most Perfect Canopy Bed Ever). Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s made from sustainable, plantation grown, grade-A solid teak coated with a natural, nontoxic oil finish. Beautiful and eco-friendly? Yes please!
Say hello to the Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier AKA my new personal favorite light fixture from Lights Up!. I am a huge fan of faux bois everything and these shades are no exception. Gorgeous! If faux bois isn’t your thing, don’t worry — this chandelier comes in 31 shade fabric options and they are all made from 100% Recycled PET fabric! If that’s not enough to make you fall in love, you even have a choice between candle clip shades (shown above) or a large drum shade (shown below). How great is that?!
Sometimes we design bloggers get worn out. We look at so much design all day that it takes a lot to impress us; sometimes nothing seems new. Sometimes I think if I hear “Hollywood Glamour” or “Brooklyn Modern” one more time I might just throw up, and those are two styles I actually like.
Then there are some times when you go on a virtual house tour that gets you really buzzing with excitement again. This was the case when I saw Alysia’s Treehouse by the Lake on Apartment Therapy L.A. Alysia’s decorating philosophy was inspired by The Recycled Home by Sally Bailey. She begged, borrowed, swapped and repurposed. One of the best results was this ottoman she reupholstered with an old coffee bean sack a local roaster gave her.
See the entire house tour here.
images via Apartment Therapy L.A.