Lovely Lighting: Recycled Cardboard Lampshades

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Recycled Cardboard Lampshades by Use UK

Recycled Cardboard Lampshades by Use UK - swatches

The whole idea of going green means being conscious in our daily lives, not only in the things that we purchase, but the things that we keep and what we choose to throw out. One of a decorator’s greenest techniques is to restore and repurpose items that we already have in our homes to create a fresh, new look without running out an buying all new products, only to throw away whatever we are replacing. These gorgeous Recycled Cardboard Lampshades from Use UK reminded me of that ideal.

My husband and I have a pair of lamps that we bought early in our marriage that I now loathe. They are bland, boring and everything I dislike, and I had considered getting rid of them. I had planned on giving them away, but these lampshades have made me reconsider. They are bold, graphic and fun, and there are lots of patterns to choose from. The lampshades are handmade from 100% recycled cardboard and printed with a limited edition pattern: no more than 30 shades are ever made in each colorway. There are 8 standard sizes to choose from, and custom sizes are available, so you will have no problem getting a shade (or shades) that fit your needs.

So do what I’m planning on doing and give your old lamps new life. And you can always recycle the old lampshades for some other purpose. As soon as I come up with a great project idea for them, I’ll share it.

Why It’s Green:

  • Handmade from 100% recycled cardboard (80% post-consumer waste and 20% post-manufacture waste)
  • Allows you to repurpose existing lamps instead of buying new

Price: £32-71, or about $63-140

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  • Aaron Dalton June 9, 2008, 11:40 am

    Ooh – another great find!
    I visited the website and love how the shades are limited edition.
    There’s something nice about knowing that the decor in your home isn’t exactly the same as the decor in a million other homes around the country…

    - Aaron Dalton, 1GreenProduct.com

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