It’s not a complex topic at all. Earth Day, celebrated Tuesday, is all about saving the precious resources of our planet.
But how to go about that becomes a bit more complex. Those united across the world in bringing the message home will point to some obvious steps homeowners can take. Using energy efficient light bulbs, cutting down on water usage, recycling and composting top the list.
Michele Loeper, marketing manager at Ten Thousand Villages, says when it comes to decorating the home, it’s important to consider organizations that look for artisans who also consider the Earth as “one home we all share.”
Ten Thousand Villages, which represents artisans from across the world, strives to improve the livelihood of thousand s of artists.
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“Our artisans create the unique products we sell by using earth-friendly materials that were either sourced naturally from the land such as banana fibers and bamboo, or they use materials that have been repurposed, such as old newspapers, recycled glass or bicycle chains,” Loeper says. “Environmental sustainability is an important tenet of the fair trade movement.”
We also took a look at a company familiar to yoga fans: Gaiam. Always an eco-friendly company, it’s now branched out from fitness products into home goods.
A few of our favorite choices for those who love home and the planet:
Sonoma outdoors leaves cut-out solar light
Choose from bright green, white, blue or red for this light, powered by the sun. $24.99, Kohl’s, www.kohls.com.
Organic yarn-dyed ticking stripe bedding
Sleep tight knowing this elegant bedding was made in a fair trade mill from 100 percent organic cotton. The bedding, made in India, is made with low eco-impact dyes as well. $229 to $279, gaiam.com.
Peacock-blue recycled glass vase
This striking vase was created from recycled glass. With its pretty blue color, it doesn’t even need flowers to grab attention. $59.95, Pier 1 Imports, www.pier1.com.
Moroccan blue reversible outdoor rugs
These Moroccan-inspired colorful rugs work inside or out. They’re made of recycled plastic soda bottles, and stand up well to foot traffic. Believe it or not, although they are made of polypropylene strands, they are soft to the touch. $68-$138, gaiam.com.
Recycled glass stemmed votive holders
We loved the shapes of these candle holders, which are made out of all recycled material. $14-$18, Pier 1 Imports, www.pier1.com.
Enchainment candle holder
If you’re a cyclist, you’ll love it, and even if you’re not, you have to admire these candle holders, which are made in India from used bicycle chains. $8, Ten Thousand Villages, 4601 West Freeway, Suite 220, Fort Worth; 817-570-0371, www.tenthousandvillages.com.
Recycled glass head
This quirky guy is a favorite of customers at Pier 1. $19.95, Pier 1 Imports, www.pier1.com.
Shared Lives bread basket
Artists from Baguio City, Philippines, have found a good use for yesterday’s news. These masterpieces are made out of old newspapers. $24, Ten Thousand Villages, www.tenthousandvillages.com.
These handy totes were created from pandanus leaves by a fair-trade group in Indonesia. $30.99-$56.99, www.gaiam.com.
This bubbly carafe, made in Bolivia, was mouth-blown and made of recycled glass. $29, Ten Thousand Villages, www.tenthousandvillages.com.