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America Recycles Day: Prettify Your Home with Recycled Materials


ardsmallI normally don’t publish a post on Sundays, but I figured I could break tradition for America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. This may seem like a no-brainer topic for a green blog, but you wouldn’t believe how much recyclable material still makes it to the landfill. Plastic bottles, glass jars and cans that could easily have a second life as something else are routinely tossed out with the trash, and eventually, there will be no place for all that trash to go. So in honor of this day, I wanted to feature some of my favorite, most stylish housewares from recycled materials. Some of these are conventional recyclables like plastic and metal, and others are more unconventional, like wood and Hopefully once more people become aware of the beautiful items that are a result of recycling efforts, more people will be encouraged to do it.

1. Preserve mixing bowls: All of Preserve’s plastic products are made from polypropylene, better known as #5 plastic, which is collected from regular people through their Gimme 5 program, as well as from companies like Stonyfield Farm. When I want to recycle my #5 plastic, I send it to Preserve. I love these colorful mixing bowls, which I think are just the right mix of modern and casual. Price: $24.99 for set of 3

2. Plates with Purpose: These plates are beautiful, but their commitment to social and environmental responsibility is twofold. First, they are made of 100% recycled glass. Second, proceeds from each design benefit the non-profit organization that created it. Price: $36-78

3. Inhabit Pillows: This is my go-to company whenever I’m looking for stylish, eco-friendly pillows. They’ll bring a graphic pop to any room, and they’re made of recycled polyester in a manufacturing process that is very environmentally friendly. Price: $60-68

4. Recycled Aluminum Desk Chair from Pottery Barn: If you knew that your empty soda cans would turn into this, wouldn’t you make that extra effort to recycle them? I love the matte finish and the Napoleon chair styling that is ornate, but not fussy. Price: $299

5. Ink+Wit posters: I love fun, whimsical artwork, and  all the posters by ink+wit definitely qualify. I’m especially fond of the Aesop’s fable posters like this on featuring The Tortoise and the Hare.  They also happen to be printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper with soy inks and packaged in a recycled paper mailer. Price: $50

This is just a very small sampling of the beautiful products that are created using recycled materials. And the great thing about products made with these materials is that they are generally also, in turn, recyclable. Don’t you just love the idea of a home full of closed loop products?I know I do 🙂

Want more second-life goodness? Just search Green Your Decor for the word “recycled.”

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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.

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