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Urbano Eco Trash Can

 

One of my favorite stores ever is UncommonGoods.com. I can always find some really fun and interesting stuff there. Recently I tried the Urbano Eco Trash Can  from the Eco-Friendly Products section of Uncommon Goods and I am in love! I have trash can issues in my apartment, as the one I have hanging over a cabinet door isn’t big enough and I have no real place for a large standing can in my kitchen. I do have pets so I have to be conscious where I put a can so they don’t get into it or knock it over.  This has been an ongoing issue plaguing me ever since I moved into my new place.  The Urbano has afforded me some great opportunities to de-clutter and reuse bags that would otherwise be sitting in a cabinet making a mess.  Although I bring bags with me when I go shopping I do appreciate a reason to use the plastic bags I do accumulate.
The Urbano is the perfect size to fit in my kitchen right against the wall between my oven and one of my cabinets. I can open both without the Urbano being at risk of getting knocked over. I can make use of the plastic bags have and eliminate clutter in one of my cabinets from saving them. The Urbano fits a large amount of stuff in it which I kind of wasn’t expecting.   It isn’t a huge trash can but magically it holds 2 liter soda bottles, cans, plastic containers of different shapes and sizes (yes, I was using it for my recyclables). I tried to cram it with as much stuff as I could and not 1 thing fell out or even made the Urbano sides bulge. That being said I am not trying to say the Urbano holds the same amount as a huge garbage can but a single woman who eats pretty regularly, has 2 pets, cleans more than regularly, and recycles makes some trash and the Urbano is more than capable of handling my mess.

About The Urbano Eco Trash Can at Uncommon Goods: Winner of the 2005 Pratt Product Design Competition, designer Kevin McElroy’s clever trash can allows you to store and reuse the plastic bags that you collect from shopping in a neat, organized way. Simply loop trash bags around the cut-out sides and push them all the way down, creating a visual of stacked handles all along the side. When you are ready to use one, just move it up to the handles and hook so that it won’t fall in on itself. Made in the USA.

Recycled Button Necklace

Recycled Button Necklace

Recycled Button Necklace

In many of my craft and activity posts I have said take old buttons/brooches that you find around the house and use them as adornments to your crafts. I have a thing for buttons and I am not sure why but Great Recycled Gifts has a large selection of recycled/overstocked buttons they have crafted into beautifully recycled accessories. Valentines Day is soon to approach and this Recyeled Button Necklace is a spectacular gift to give to someone you love.

Product Description:
Great Recycled Gifts popular jacket brooches have been refashioned into these stunning statement pieces!
Each necklace is made by hand… every recycled or overstocked button is actually hand wired together and hangs on a silver-plated chain. Made in Canada.
Choose from different color combinations! You can choose from Earth Tones, Black & White, Mulit-colored and Ocean.

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Recycled Paper Earrings

Recycled Paper Earrings

Recycled Paper Earrings

I know I have been featuring alot of jewelry lately but I cannot help myself. I am in the Valentine’s spirit! On a semi-serious note accessories are a part of many women’s daily lives and sometimes recycled accessories are outrageously over priced just becuase accessories are said to be  organic, reclaimed, recycled, reused or repurposed. That is no excuse to be over priced. Personally, I think if we are purchasing recycled, reclaimed or repurposed products shouldn’t they be less because 1. We are doing our part and 2. These aren’t necessarily brand new products. This isn’t to say that the charities many of these purchases donate to or that many of these accessories are handmadeisn’t worth the extra money.  I feel high prices deter people from making the responsible choice.  These beautiful paper earrings are amazing and only $12.00!! GreatRecycledGifts.comis becoming my favorite place to shop for everything!

Product Description:

It is hard to believe that these colorful earrings were once a stack of discarded magazines and newspapers!
Each “flower” set is made by hand in Cambodia providing fair, ethical and sustainable livelihoods for some of the regions poorest people.
Each pair is cut out, folded and assembled – then coated and attached to earring wires. Delicate and beautiful… you’ll receive compliments wherever you go! Each pair is different and a true original. The Earrings come in Blue, Green, Red & Yellow.

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Button Bouquets

Button Bouquets

Button Bouquets

I for no reason except I think they are cute love buttons. All shapes and sizes. They are fun and you can do soo many fun things with them, such as these eco-amazing reclaimed Button Bouquets!! This is definitely a craft you can do at home however GreatRecycledGifts.com does some amazing things with recycled buttons. This arrangement is great to give to someone as a gift or even for your own home. Its cute, colorful and inexpensive. The best part is the items used to make the bouquet are all reclaimed, reused or recycled! These flowers will never wilt or be out of season! You can have them out all year round!

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Recycled Art

Banjo Gecko's

Banjo Gecko's

These recycled statues are a great gift for someone in the office or for someone who likes a laugh. This could even be something to get for someone that you have no idea what to get them. I know Christmas has passed but in case you need to get some gifts for people later one this is a cute idea. Even something for someone to start of their new year being greener! These Gecko’s can be a reminder to reduce, recycle and reuse!
The Banjo Gecko’s are great to put on a desk at the office or display at home. A teacher or caregiver might that you needed to get a little something for might appreciate the cute design.

Product Description:
Made from colorful strips of recycled aluminum drink cans, these geckos are sure to bring a smile to your face. Stick them on your office desk or hall entrance table… they make a great eco-friendly decorating touch to any décor. Each creation is hand made in Capetown, South Africa and provides training and a sustainable income for local young people.  Each gecko is sold separately – colors vary according to tins collected.

Recycled Glass Nightlight

Recycled Glass Nightlight

Recycled Glass Nightlight

Incase you are a little late getting holiday gifts still here is something that children and adults can enjoy. This Recycled Glass Nightlight is made in the USA by Reborn Glass Studios. Each piece is created with post consumer recycled bottles (beer, wine Perrier, Bombay Gin, Skyy Vodka and a little Southern Comfort) then kiln formed and fused into a one of a kind creation. Every nightlight is curved shape design which insures it is attractive from every angle. Bulb included. The night light is approximately 3.5 x 5 inches.

This is a simple way to show others you care about our environment and give a new greenie a prime example why another persons trash can me another persons treasure. Ideas like this nightlight made from recycled materials can prove how we can reuse or repurpose millions of items that we would otherwise through in the trash without fully realizing their potential.

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