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These Cool Home Items Are Made Out of Trash

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We want to save Mother Earth by not buying more things, but what if you still have to furnish your house? You can still be a consumer with a heart by choosing up-cycled pieces of furnishings that have been produced with a low carbon footprint. Here are a few:

1. Interior designer Willie Garcia makes it a point to use as many up-cycled and recycled materials and furnishings as possible in her projects, such as this retro-inspired chair made out of woven plastic waste.


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Bilog Ang Mundo Chair, P7,000, Junk Not!

2. Kultura Filipino not only sells Filipiniana items, but also earth-friendly, repurposed items that employ out-of-school youths and other communities.


Repurposed Fabric Scrap Pillows, P499.75 each, Kultura Filipino

3. You’ll be surprised to find out that Crate and Barrel—which is known for their sleek and sophisticated pieces—uses a lot of earth-friendly processes and materials in their décor.

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Sachi Repurposed Rug, price available upon request, Crate & Barrel

4. Ian Martinez and Virgilio Gutierrez of Vitrum specialize in up-cycling various wine and drink bottles into unique lighting pieces that have an industrial-steampunk vibe.


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Vitrum Recycled Bottle Table Lamp, price upon request, Resurrection Furniture And Found Objects Gallery

5. Another recycled furniture piece from Crate and Barrel. The company sources some of their wood for up-cycling from reclaimed hardwood suppliers, and the unique color and texture of each piece adds to the design.


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Reclaimed Teak Dixon Coffee Table, price upon request, Crate and Barrel

6. Another up-cycled seating piece by Willie Garcia. “I explain to my clients the benefits of each material and how they can contribute in helping our environment and alleviating certain social problems,” the designer says.


Stacking Bangko of Roped Plastic Waste, P5,800, Junk Not!

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7. Resurrection is a furniture store in a repurposed midcentury house in Quezon City. The store and its owners prove that “junk” can be resurrected into something valuable and stylish by jazzing up bodega and junkshop finds.


Console Mate Chest, P18,000, Resurrection Furniture And Found Objects Gallery

Part of this article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of Real Living magazine

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