You can find accent pieces that help save the planet without compromising your needs or your style sense. Here are some picks:
nBamboo basket. Keep all your collectibles in green style with a durable bamboo and canvas basket. Target, $15.99.
nBamboo placemats. Colorful and green? That’s the dual role of bamboo placements that come a variety of fun, fruity shades. Renewable bamboo means easy to clean, too. Pier 1, $2 each.
nBamboo serving set. There’s no job too small for bamboo. You can even add serving to the list with a set of bamboo and silver serving utensils. Pier 1, $29.95.
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nLeaf-shaped platter. Made from recycled scrap aluminum by brass workers in Moradabad, India, this platter is elegant enough to serve up appetizers at a party but still practical for everyday use at home. Ten Thousand Villages (tenthousandvillages.com), $28.
nBamboo cutting board. A cutting board made of bamboo just makes sense. Not only because it’s made from renewable and sustainable wood, but because it has a harder surface than maple. So it’s plenty durable for all your kitchen chopping needs. Lowe’s Home Improvement, $18.98.
nHandmade soaps. Lather up knowing there’s plenty of good stuff for your skin in these handmade soaps, especially natural scents such as rosemary, cinnamon and rose. $3.50 each. (Find locally made soap at www.soapguild.org.)
nBamboo covered basket. Keep away pesky flies and bees when dining outdoors with a basket made from bamboo in Bali. World Market (worldmarket.com), $10.99.
nRecycled glasses and pitcher. Entertaining has never been this green and socially responsible. These glasses and matching pitcher are made from recycled glass by native Bengali women. Ten Thousand Villages, pitcher, $18, glasses, $6 each.
nNewspaper coasters. Recycled newspapers are surprisingly durable and able to stand up to heat and moisture; made by the Women’s Multipurpose Coop in the Philippines. $18 for set; matching trivet available ($14). Ten Thousand Villages.