Young people starting out today are particularly aware of their impact on the planet, and many want their wedding celebration to be environmentally responsible as well as a joyous occasion
Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 15, 2008
Eco-consciousness is spreading throughout all parts of American society, as people share new environmentally friendly discoveries with friends and family.
"We've had more and more requests for hostess gifts that say something beyond the ordinary," according to Reena Kazmann, founder of Eco-Artware.com, a website devoted to gifts from recycled, reused and natural materials. "Our customers are looking for gifts that are well designed as well as eco-friendly."
Eco-Artware showcases designs by 27 artists that are both beautiful and "green". Current offerings that make delightful hostess gifts range from picture frames made from vinyl LP records and stationery made from outdated topographical maps to a clever folding basket made from recycled chopsticks and handmade linen towels and sachets that are printed with flowers and leaves from the artist's garden.
"Many of our items, like the travel kit bag made from recycled billboards and the luggage tags made from discarded circuit boards, are extremely light, which makes them easy to carry with you on a vacation visit," Kazmann said.
One of the most exciting additions to the Eco-Artware collection is hand-crafted soaps from Afghanistan. The delicately scented Arghand soaps are made from locally grown natural ingredients including pomegranates, almonds and roses. Each bar is hand-molded to resemble a river-polished lump of local marble.
Another part of the new eco-awareness is a concern for how products are produced and their effect on local communities. Arghand soaps are produced by a privately funded cooperative started in 2005 by American journalist Sarah Chayes near Kandahar, an area long known for its fruits and flowers. The co-op buys all the ingredients for its soaps from local farmers to diversify the local economy. Eco-Artware also offers hand-woven decorative baskets made from recycled telephone wire by a group of South African Zulu weavers who have been working together for 20 years.
Eco-Artware has also seen an increase in customers in search of unusual gifts for wedding couples. The site offers a range of remarkable decorative and functional items in every category from hand-carved wooden spoons and spatulas to CD racks and — and in every price range, as well.
"Young people starting out today are particularly aware of their impact on the planet, and many want their wedding celebration to be environmentally responsible as well as a joyous occasion," Kazmann added. "We have a whole selection of terrific items that make perfect wedding party 'thank you' gifts as well."
For more information or to browse our collection of beautiful and unique green gifts for any occasion, visit http://www.Eco-Artware.com.