Friday, September 28, 2007

Recycled Metal Garden Art

This beautiful heron is handcrafted from reclaimed copper and bronze and has gem eyes. Perfect for the garden or inside your apartment or house. Hardwood base. 27 in. or 40 in. high.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Eco-Friendly Tote Bags

They're back with more bags! The Carrot Bag was such a success that the designers at SKN have added 4 more of these eco-friendly grocery totes to their lineup: Asparagus, Tomato, Lemon, and Blueberry. Perfect for those trips to the farmer's market, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and anywhere else you shop. 100% unbleached cotton, made in USA. 12 in. x 16 in. x 6 in.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

BB2 Table & Chairs

These colorful, and tres moderne table and chair sets are not only made for kids, they are environmentally friendly too. Constructed from Euro-grade industrial plywood with a waterproof finish. Lotus, persimmon, ozone, and natural. Set includes table and two chairs. Table is 18 in. high with 34 in. diameter. Seat height is 11 in.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cob Shed with Green Roof

This cob shed, complete with a green living roof, was built as part of a demonstration project at the City Farmer Demonstration Garden in Vancouver, B.C.. Cob is an ancient building technique that uses clay, sand, and straw mixed with water to create an adobe-like material. It doesn't refer to "corn cobs", but rather "cobs" of moist earth or clay. Cob building is considered a sustainable building technique that while made from inexpensive materials, is labor intensive.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Organic Loofahs

These retro-looking animal, fish, and vegetable loofahs, which are a type of gourd, are organically grown in South America. Fun for the bath or the kitchen. Colored with vegetable dyes. Fair trade, vegan, and biodegradeable.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Batik Hemp Cloth Napkins

Since The Eco-Modernist is on a bit of hemp theme these week, check out these gorgeous cloth napkins made from sustainable, eco-friendly hemp. Batiked by hand using natural dyes in fair trade cooperatives in Thailand. 18 in x 18 in squares, 7 patterns available.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Beach Stone Doormat

This door mat is made from beach and river stones polished smooth by the action of water, glued to an indoor-outdoor rubber backing. While it may not be 100% natural, I still like this idea. Doubles as a bath mat too. Let the polished stones massage your feet! 30 in. x 20 in.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

HoneyDrip Cocktail Table

From David Brunicardi, this circular cocktail tabletop with a beveled edge is made from a material called HoneyDrip. HoneyDrip is an innovative eco-friendly plywood made from wood chips that uses formaldehyde-free resins.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hemp Bale House

You've heard of straw bale homes, right? This BC couple intended to build a straw bale home but when straw bales were not available switched to hemp bales. While more difficult to work with, there are some big advantages to using hemp bales instead. Read The house that hemp built to learn more about this alternative "green" home.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Colorful Hemp Apron

Aprons aren't designed just for suzy homemakers anymore, and these colorful aprons prove it! Made from hemp, a sustainable material, these aprons are made by hand and come in sage (green), evening haze (purple), acorn (brown), blue indigo, natural, and russet orange. 23.75 in. x 25 in.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Wine Barrel Lazy Susan

This beautiful lazy susan is made from recycled wine barrel heads, including the original metal barrel hoop. Pine stain finish. 23 in. diameter x 4 in. high. Perfect for fall and winter cocktail parties.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

iWood Sunglasses

These sunglasses may be a bit pricey for some people but they are oh so eco-chic! Made from sustainably harvested wood with Italian temples (the parts that go over the ears), these shades are available in three different styles. Optical quality lenses with 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Spun Bamboo Stools

These colorful spun bamboo stools are made from bamboo, a renewable resource. "Spun" refers tot he spinning process used to make the bamboo smooth and circular in shape. A groovy piece of furniture for your mod pod, er, pad.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Green Barkitecture

Barkitecture, coined by Fred Albert in his book Barkitecture (check out what I'm reading to the right), really refers to the architecture of doghouses, but lambs can use them too! I love this doghouse with a green "living" roof. You can have one custom made for you or do-it-yourself.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Coffee Wrapper Purse & Clutch

Remember those gum wrapper chains you used to make when you were a kid? Well, here's a little something along the same lines, but for the grown-up you. Made from recycled Green Mountain Coffee Coasters wrappers, this purse and clutch are a must for the eco-chic crowd.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Recycled Trash Baskets

These waste baskets are made from recycled trash like detergent packets that are collected by scavengers in Indonesia. Not only are they colorful and unique, they are durable, waterproof, and completely washable.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Cork Bath Mat

Now this is my idea of a great bath mat. Made from sustainably harvested cork. And since cork doesn't absorb water, it dries quickly and there's no mold, bacteria, or fungi to contend with. Here's what one person has to say about it: cork bath mat.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Banana Leaf Furniture

Banana leaf is a renewable resource and Austrian-based Lars Bambussen Design has taken advantage of this versatile material to create elegant furniture reminiscent of the mod designs from the 1970s. Looks like there's a bit of Art Nouveau influence in there as well.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tree House Office

Tree office? Why not! If I lived in a moderate climate conducive to year-round outdoor living, I'd definitely be in the market for a tree house office. Surrounded by nature, dappled sunlight spilling across the floor, a leafy view, birds chirping. Absolutely!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Rocklite Candles

Even though autumn is fast approaching here in the western hemisphere there's still time for a few more nights of al fresco dining on the terrace. And what better way to provide mood lighting than these rocklite candles? Created from rocks selected by hand from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Mexico, these rock candles burn oil through a permanent fiberglass wick.

Rocklite Candle Company