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Beauty with a Twist: Mango Wood Flowing Vase


There are a lot of things I love about having been born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, not least of which are the year-round warm weather and beautiful, white sand beaches. But some of my favorite memories are of fresh picked, organic fruits from the trees in my own back yard. From what I remember, we had avocado, papaya, pomegranate, coconut, genip and mango trees, along with some passion fruit plants.

At the time, I wasn’t very appreciative of being able to pick these fruits fresh whenever I wanted them, but looking back on it, we were really living the life. Now, I can only wish for a mango tree in my back yard like the one I grew up with, which was so huge and full, I could reach it from my second story back porch. So in tribute to my beloved mangoes, which I can now find only occasionally at Kroger or the farmer’s market, I’d love to bring home this vase.

Beside the fact that the twisting, curvy shape literally speaks to me, this vase from Uncommon Goods is made of sustainable mango wood. Mango wood is sustainable because the trees are allowed to live out their natural, fruit-bearing life. They are harvested for wood only when they no longer bear any fruit. I don’t remember our mango tree being quite this beautiful, but then again, it’s hard to pay attention to the bark of a tree when you’re busy wiping mango juice from your cheeks.

I also couldn’t resist the urge to show you what mangoes look like on a tree when they are ripe for the picking. If you were wondering how I could possibly be gushing like this over a mango tree, these beautiful, red, ripe grafted mangoes should answer your question 🙂

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of sustainable mango wood

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Bri
    June 24, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I could always gush about mangoes! That vase is beautiful as well. I’m so jealous that you had all of that fruit just hanging around. I got to make a sculpture out of a dead avocado tree a few years ago and it had the most beautiful wood.

    Bris last blog post..Food Crush

  • Erika
    June 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I love mangoes, but didn’t know about mango wood as an aesthetically pleasing and sustainable option. By the way, it sounds like you grew up in paradise, I’m trying to land there as an adult:)

    Erikas last blog post..Jun 24, Home Made Baby Food Recipes Book Review


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