Affordable Eco Finds

Just in time for Earth Day, April 22nd, I wanted to point out some of the eco-friendly designs I’m seeing out there this spring. 

Photo Blog April 19 Affordable Eco Finds Drapes

InVu Drapery has just come out with a new line of Ready-Made drapery panels made out of recycled water bottles, for instance! You can dress your windows in the Bouteille collection’s three shades — Sand, Limu and Foam — all featuring a subtle, quilted circle detail. p.s. InVu will be giving the first 50 customers who purchase Bouteille drapes with a Tkaro transportable glass water bottle with protective stainless steel cover!

Photo Blog April 19 Affordable Eco Finds Side Table

Crate & Barrel’s Sierra Nightstand would work well in a bedroom or living room. The drawer fronts are made of recycled strips of teak, and finished with a water-based topcoat.

Photo Blog April 19 Affordable Eco Finds Bedding Bed

Photo Blog April 19 Affordable Eco Finds Wreath

West Elm’s website marks eco-friendly items with a green leaf logo, so they’re easy to find. I’m loving the Organic Summer Leaf bedding and Weathered Wood Mirror. The driftwood mirror has a mod-meets-earthy look that I love.

Photo Blog April 19 Affordable Eco Finds Bottles Jars

Another way to achieve this look is with salvaged wine bottles from Pottery Barn. You know I love these because I picked up some vintage versions of my own at a junk shop recently. See my DIY Lighting Project blog post to learn how to make them into lamps — crafty!

Photo Blog April 19 Affordable Eco Finds Chairs

Pottery Barn has also just come out with these gorgeous dining chairs made from sustainably harvested eucalyptus. Perfect for dining indoors or al fresco!

Photo Blog April 19 Affordable Eco Finds Jars Glasses

Why not set up your eco dining area with some adorable tumblers from Ten Thousand Villages, too? These guys are made from recycled glass and hand-woven wicker. Very Euro, don’t you think?

Photo: affordable eco finds - slabs of reclaimed wood

And while we’re eating and drinking, how about serving wine or appetizers off a stunning artisanal cutting board from Toronto’s Urban Tree Salvage? I checked these out at the One Of A Kind Show recently and loved the chunky slabs of reclaimed wood.

Photo: affordable eco finds - couch from Craigslist

Of course, one of my favourite eco ideas is to reuse older items instead of A) throwing them out, and B) using up new resources for a replacement. I’m a huge vintage lover and the eco benefit is great. Why not hunt Craigslist and flea markets for a shapely piece like this (via Craigslist)? With the couch itself ringing in under $400, you can afford to spend more on unique reupholstering and still come out on top. Some of my favourite sources for affordable upholstery fabrics are Fabricland, Designer Fabrics and InVu Drapery/BB Bargoons (yes, they do fabric, too!).

This spring, why not celebrate Earth Day by refreshing an old piece or shopping smart for new items that are sustainable? Happy Earth Day!

Get even more eco-chic ideas in our Green Design Guide.

Photo credits:
1. InVu Drapery
2. Sierra Nightstand, Crate & Barrel
3. Organic Summer Leaf bedding, West Elm
4. Weathered Wood Mirror, West Elm
5. Found Oversized Wine Bottles, Pottery Barn
6. Faraday Dining Chair, Pottery Barn
7. Recycled Glass And Palm Fibre Glasses, Ten Thousand Villages
8. Maple wine and cheese tray, Urban Tree Salvage
9. Sofa, Craigslist

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