By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now
Those pretty knick-knacks and decorative items around your home likely have a history. There’s the¬†crystal bowl that was an anniversary gift from a dear friend, or the candleholder¬†your mom gave you before she died — they all hold great significance.
We’ve found 20 lovely decorative items with their own stories. Our picks come from¬†far-flung nations or close to home, made by¬†fair-trade¬†artisans or creative artists using¬†recycled, natural materials. Take a moment to shop our selections.¬†(Most of the websites selling these goodies¬†have lots of other green items to check out.)
1. A colorful swirl basket from Uganda: This handmade basket, above,¬†is made with coils of natural banana fiber by women in rural Uganda. It’s 15″ wide and 3″ deep, with a loop for hanging. The money you pay goes to employment and training for disadvantaged women, children, the disabled and those with HIV/AIDS. It’s very wallet-friendly, too, at $4.95 from World of Good at eBay.
2. A detailed retabolo photo frame: Artist Alejandro Chavez of Peru hand-makes these Andean life folk art dioramas (above) reflective of life in his country. The lower panel of this one, for example, re-creates a colorful Andean feast. It’s $34, also from World of Good.
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