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Fab Five: Outdoor Eco

May 4, 2009
Feed bag planter from VivaTerra.

Feed bag planter from VivaTerra.

Despite being all but banned from my own backyard thanks to the never-ending rain we’ve had lately, I’m more stoked than ever to outfit my new outdoor space. And while there are millions of ideas floating around in my head (see also: Wanna See My Big Deck?), right now I’ve been thinking a lot about eco accessories to brighten up the area. Herewith, five of my favorite outdoor eco finds:

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  • Made from the leftover materials from a flip-flop factory, these recycled rubber door mats from VivaTerra are fabulous replacements for those worn out mats out on the deck, and are available in four sizes, including a 22″ by 60″ runner. Perfect for cleaning off my pups’ feet when they’ve been in the mud!
  • Also available at VivaTerra, these recycled feed bag hanging planters (above) are a clever alternative to boring—and not-so-earth-friendly—plastic pots, and are hand-sewn by disadvantaged Cambodian workers.16668_med
  • I was always so fascinated by hummingbirds when I was a kid—my grandmother had feeders and there were always tons of them flitting around the backyard—and I totally love this fabulous hummingbird feeder from Uncommon Goods. Crafted of recycled retro milk glass, this lovely little jewel is handmade in Mexico and includes shiny red flower feeders that are sure to have hummingbirds zipping around my window.
  • Nothing ruins a summer night (in the south) outdoors quicker than mosquitoes. And the oppressive humirecycledlantern14inavf9rdity. But at least the mosquitoes can be combated a little easier, and in style, with natural citronella candles in these cute lanterns from CB2. Made of recycled iron package sheeting, the lanterns are ideal for both tabletop use and for scattering around the perimeter of the deck.
  • And finally, from CB2’s big sister, Crate & Barrel is stepping up its green game and those offerings include some great glassware.  Shown here, the Cabo stemless drink glass is cabostemlessdrink11ozs9handblown in Mexico of recycled glass, and is available in a great green hue. The all-purpose glass boasts a sturdy rounded design, perfect for holding any tasty beverage for beating the summer heat!
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  1. May 13, 2009 8:30 pm

    I love the feed bag planter and that is the best humminbird feeder I have see. Keep up the good work on the organizing!

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