Consider making some green upgrades in your home
After you spring-clean, consider making some green upgrades. Some eco-friendly products for your home.
Founded in 2001 by Princeton freshman Tom Szaky, Trenton-based TerraCycle collects pesky hard-to-recycle waste, figures out a way to make it happen, and turns trash to treasure — or at least useful household items, including this flower pot made from crushed computers and fax machines.
Get the whole family in on Earth Day: West Paw Design’s doggie “bumper beds” and “eco bones” are filled with stuffing made from recycled plastic soda bottles and covered in organic cotton.
$72 (bed) and $10 (bones), www.westpawdesign.com
You can find artgoodies’ block-printed organic cotton tea towels at Northern Liberty’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. $18, www.artstarphilly.com
Available at the Terrain at Styer’s nursery in Glen Mills, these vintage planters had former lives harvesting peaches and grapes in Pennsylvania. $28, www.shopterrain.com
Alkaline and plastic do not return to dust peacefully. Merkury’s “eco speakers” are made from postconsumer recycled cardboard, don’t require batteries and fold flat for less wasteful shipping.
Philly-based husband-and-wife design team Peg and Awl use the scraps of old houses to create new furnishings. This cheese board, made of reclaimed walnut, is available at their Etsy shop.
Reuse and recycle
Don’t let more plastic end up in a landfill. Sponsored by Kohl’s, Second Chance Toys is accepting donations for Head Start, which benefits low-income families. You can bring your clean, plastic, functional toys to the Comcast Center on Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.