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Looks Good on Paper: Recycled Leaf-Shaped Bowls

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In the year and a half I’ve been running Green Your Decor, I’ve seen LOTS of items made of recycled paper. Mirrors, vases…even tables. Still, I’m always amazed by the ingenious ways artisans re-imagine paper as a medium. This set of recycled paper bowls are among my favorite finds yet.

They are very clearly made of recycled paper, but the shapes, reminiscent of paisley, are also something all their own that transcends their humble beginnings.  Every time I write something like that, I wonder how it must sound to other people when I get excited over something like paper bowls. I can’t help it, though. In addition to the simple beauty of the bowls themselves, what’s even better is the story behind them:

This product is made as part of a program that helps street children and other social work projects in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The program is designed to help poor and neglected children and adolescents earn an income and get an education, but it also provides training and promotes self-reliance for disadvantaged families and people of ethnic minorities.

If you ask me, this would be $20 well spent.

Why It’s Green:

  • Handmade by Vietnamese artisans
  • Made of recycled magazine pages
  • Made as part of a social development program to help disadvantaged kids and families

Price: $20

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  • Susan King March 11, 2010, 8:45 pm

    These are soooo cool!!! And I love the story behind them too!! Can you imagine how much work goes into making just one of these?? I definitely want to order one of these!! 🙂

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