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May 292009

5. A teak “lotus” wall hanging: Craftsmen in the hills of Thailand use recycled teak planks from old homes and buildings for these pieces of art (above). They spend hours hand-carving, sanding and waxing the intricate motif. Each panel is cut into 12″ sections that fit together, and comes with recessed hanging hardware. Part of the price goes toward building new community buildings for Thai villages. A 3-foot square piece is $349 and a 5-foot square piece is $598, from Viva Terra.

6. A recycled glass wall vase: Aurora Glass workers in Oregon gather old windows and waste glass to create delicate, colorful vases are suspended from wrought-iron hangers (above, left). These are 14″ tall, come in different colors and are $38. Your money goes to St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, which provides help for homeless and low-income people in the area.

7. The LuLu table lamp: This scuptural creation (above, right) from Fire & Water is made by sculptor David Berman, using recycled plastic, concrete tiles and recycled or scrap steel. It’s from Vivavi, and is $550.