Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse

I belong to several online shopping "clubs" that you join by membership only. Sounds exclusive yes? Not really but they have interesting and unusual items in many categories, clothing, cooking items, furniture, art and prints, etc. For example at the Foundary, the online sales last a few days each and are usually not the type of items you would find in a retail store. Which makes it a fun site for gifts that the recipient will not have already seen. It's advertised as designer items at up to 70% off. I have bought a few things here and was even sent a $20 coupon to spend on anything at any price. Which meant free because I was looking at the $19.99 items.

If you would like receive an invite so that you can see the sales you can click here. Yesterday they had an unusual sale on items that I have to say I have not seen anywhere else. The merchant explained himself thusly:
Integrity matters when searching for interior d├ęcor. BottleHood products are made from recycled bottles, with the passion for a sustainable environment and appreciation for local craftsmanship. These lamps, pendant lights, and sconces are made from repurposed bottles.

Sounds great. Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse. This merchant featured glass lighting pendants in some beautiful colors, but upon closer inspection  their origins became clear. Remember those bottle cutters you received when you were a kid so that you could make glasses out of bottles? Check these out.

I loved the dark blue colors of these pendants:

And also this paler blue:

And this jewel green was pretty but sort of a weird shape:
OK, it took me a few minutes to realize what they meant by "repurposed bottles". The top blue ones are from Skyy Vodka and Tyrant, the pale blue is Bombay Sapphire and the green bottle is Jagermeister. This is the picture where I finally figured it out:
Jack Daniels Sconce
Everything old is new again.

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