It can be tough finding wallpaper that holds up to the scrutiny of the most environmentally-friendly decorator: there is production of the paper itself and the backing to consider, as well as the paintstaking and sometimes toxic task of putting it up. The “Eco-Wallpaper” collection from Charles Rupert does a good job of answering that challenge. These wallpapers are all printed on 100% paper base (not vinyl) and use water-based inks. The formaldehyde-free paper is produced from sustainable, managed forests, and the production process creates mostly benign byproducts such as water. Additionally, the inks and coatings are water-based with very low VOC levels. And for the final part of the wallpapering process, all wallpapers are installed with traditional wheat paste or cellulose paste, which are made from powder and mixed with water and produce no VOCs.
I will say right now that this beautiful chandelier is one of the most innovative examples of repurposing that I have ever seen. It is one of a limited number of 20 made by inspired artist Stuart Haygarth. And you will never believe what it is made of. The Spectacle chandlier is created from 1020 pairs of prescription glasses (hence the name spectacle) which are linked together to resemble a traditional tiered chandelier. According to Haygarth’s website, “By using prescriptive spectacles which were once an essential tool for seeing an interesting analogous line is drawn between their old and new purposes.” The light fixture inside reflects off each pair of lenses for a truly unique lighting effect.
These cute pieces will let you dress up your table, even when you have to put a drink on it. Use them as coasters or as trivets. Each set comes with four pieces: an outer and inner ring in each of two colors: slate and chestnut. That means you can mix and match them. They are made of 100% eco-certified felted wool. The outer ring is 7.5″ diameter, and the inner ring is 4.75″ diameter, so they are big enough for all your tabletop needs.
Price: $22 for the set
All too often, environmentally friendly bedding can only be found in boring shades of ivory, cream or white. Well, feast your eyes on these! This 100% certified organic cotton duvet cover and pillow shams from Plover Organics are marked by a beautiful, sophisticated pattern in shades of blue, green and brown. The duvet does reverse to all white if you want that crisp, fresh look, and all the pieces are pure from fiber to finishing — no formaldehydes or synthetics were used in their production. And if the beautiful plants on the shams don’t take you right back to nature, I don’t know what will.
Have you ever been to a flea market and thought “All I can find here is junk.” Well, this unique timepiece just might make you rethink the way you look at flea markets. Stroke of Art finds interesting objects at fleamarkets and turns them into functional jewelry, clocks and art. This particular clock combines a rotary phone dial with a vinyl record to make a unique pendulum clock with a vintage phone mouthpiece on the end. Now that’s what I call recycling!