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