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Review of the The Spotted Door — Online Store with Focus on Recycling

 Fredrica Syren

Occasionally I like to share with you sites that are trying to make a real difference in the environment.  I recently discovered The Spotted Door (http://thespotteddoor.com).

The Spotted Door has a simple promise: “Every item that you see here is held to one standard: it must be made from over 50% recycled content.”  The thing I like most about the site is that each product description includes a “Once Was …” section that tells you what the material used in this product was once used for. This makes the promise real. I am truly impressed with people’s ability to reuse materials in order to create new products. It’s such creative way to accomplish the three Rs — reduce, reuse and recycle. As an example, check out these sunglasses, each pair is made from recycled post-consumer CDs & DVDs and enhanced with carbonized rice husk (from agricultural waste). The frames are made from 100% “trash.”  I also really like these earrings made from bottles and this pouched vertical planter created from recycled rubber.

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I think the current product selection caters to a younger crowd, but with Father’s Day coming up, I started looking for a gift.  There were lots of clever items in the bar area, like glasses made from recycled Absolute bottles.

I did find the site a bit hard to use until I found the categories button. At first, it doesn’t look as if much is there. When you find it, you will discover they have a good variety of items:

• Home Decor
• Lighting
• Kitchen Bed & Bath
• Furniture
• Home Improvement
• Bags And Accessories
• Pet Supplies
• Jewelry
• Clothing

They are just beginning.  It is exciting to see shops that focus exclusively on recycled products coming online.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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