Sustainable Style: Our Shop

Last week on the Apartment Therapy blog I spied these beautiful mango wood bowls (pictured above) sold by an online store called Our Shop. The owners are the same duo behind the graphic design agency WorkShop, and they've put together an inspiring assortment of creative and quirky things for creative and quirky people to buy.

I quickly got lost perusing their shop, and I was pleased to find that a lot of their products are made of either recycled or sustainable materials. But rather than ramble on about them, I'll let you take a look for yourself. :)

Another look at the mango bowls.

A larger mango wood serving bowl with beautiful grain.
The reason these bowls are so great is because you can literally use up every bit of the mango tree, and even after it's gone, it keeps on giving. According to the website, "Mango trees are initially grown for their fruit, but once the trees reach a certain size and age, they stop bearing fruit. It is then that the trees can be cut down and used to create wood products. The removal of the old trees makes space for farmers to plant new mango trees. This not only means that none of the wood is wasted, but offers a supplementary income to mango and wood farmers."

Pretty great, huh?

Our Shop also carries these adorable and graphically intriguing cards that are printed using vegetable inks onto 100% recycled uncoated board. Each one comes with a recycled envelope, and the cellophane wrapping it comes in is biodegradable!

Right in time for fall decorations are these bright and festive leaf door stoppers, which are made from recyclable material and come in a box made from recycled paper.

If you've got a thing for London and wild graphics, this tray — hand-crafted from high-quality Scandinavian birch from sustainable forests — features drawings by renowned Swedish illustrator, Maria Holmer Dahlgren, and shows bits of London life, raining cats and dogs, red route master buses, black cabs, Tower Bridge, London Wheel, Big Ben and more.

And, finally, I would love to cuddle up with these recycled wool pillows as the temperatures drop and our severely under-insulated apartment leaves us no choice but to bundle up! :)

Hope you've spied something special to give to a friend, family member or co-worker for the upcoming holiday season. And how great is it that these little beauties have such amazing stories that go along with them!

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