To celebrate Earth Day, we went in search of some handmade products that make it a little easier to be green. Many of these products are made from recycled or reclaimed resources, showing that creativity can transform even the humblest of raw materials. Other products support the eco-friendly habits many of us are working on. Every little bit helps!
1. Our children's lunchbox litter doesn't have to end up in landfills; it's possible to eliminate much of it by using reusable sandwich bags and lunchbags, like these from Waste Not Saks. When you do buy some, it's a great idea to stock up because lots of things tend to go AWOL at school. And, hey, mom and dad can use them for their own lunches, too.
2. Made of used wood and found items, this flower tree assemblage from Bearpaw Rustics brings a touch of nature inside the house.
3. Park that car and get on your bike! But make sure you've got a handy toolkit with you, like Bike Burrito's roll-up version, which can attach right under your bike seat. Love that burritos come in regular, grande and tamale versions.
4. zJayne rescues bottles and jars from recycling bins, making these one-of-a-kind suncatchers.
5. Everything old is new again. This Sweet Pepita tunic is made from organic cotton and recycled fabric.
7. Buy a coffee out every day? Imagine the trail of 365 cardboard coffee cuffs and cups you've left in your wake. How about a set of cheery, reusable felt coffee cuffs from Frank and Me?
8. Greenbelts leather products range from guitar straps like this one, to pet collars, to jewelry. What they all have in common is that they're made from recycled or reclaimed materials. This guitar strap, for example, combines two leather belts.
How about you? Are you using eco-friendly materials in your creative work? What green habits are you working on?