TA-KE Floor Lamp

This “TA-KE” floor lamp is one of many affordable, asian-style lamps available from Shojidecor. Light on resources, it is made of thick rice paper with a satin steel finished base. Available for $89 in five colors from Shojidecor.

Soap Nuts: Natural Detergent

We always like to discover innovative, plant-based products that are being introduced into the marketplace. Take for example, Soap Nuts which are an organic, eco-effective alternative to detergent. The powder is made from the sun-dried fruit of Sapindus Trifoliatus trees in south eastern India which is ground into a fine powder. Nothing further is added to the powder, and it …

Bent Ply Chairs

Even retail stores sometimes offer efficient bent plywood furniture, like Hold Everything which sells this “Bent Ply” chair. You may need to go to their site and zoom in to get a good look at the wood grain. Available in four different stains for $88 (including shipping) from Hold Everything. This attractive “Kinetic Santa Catarina” chair (below) is available from …

Bent Plywood Overlap Tray by Offi

Bent plywood is energy efficient in its construction. Also, less wood is wasted because the wood is not milled but molded instead. This overlap tray by Offi is molded plywood with a Baltic birch veneer, and has a cork covered area for your cup of coffee. Read more about Offi here. Available from Amazon for $99.

Recycled “Spaceframe” by Modernseed

This little fellow is hiding under a Spaceframe, which is made from 100% recycled plastic soda bottles. It’s soft to the touch while still strong enough to build a grand sculptural statement. Kids can configure these into whatever arrangement they can dream up. Available at Modernseed for $169.

Raintree Nutrition: Sustainable Extracts from the Amazon

Need some Maca, Chuchuhuasi, or Cat’s Claw to cure what ails you? You might want to try Raintree. They wild-harvest and export over 60 sustainable rainforest plants, resins and oils from the Amazon. Raintree has developed many proprietary rainforest herbal formulas and extracts utilizing these medicinal plants. They also have a first-rate Tropical Plant Database.

Boomtune Mini: Portable Speaker Tripod

The Boomtune Mini is a portable speaker system that incorporates a tripod design and has a 2 x 1W output. It runs on one AAA battery. Boomtune Mini can be used with almost any MP3 player. It appears to only be available in Japan. More information at Yanko Design – thanks for the tip.

Lacquered Bamboo Dishes

These dishes are made of lacquered, wound bamboo, which comes from Cat Dang, Vietnam. The soaked bamboo is cut into very fine strips and pressed into a curve. The strips are then coiled outward from the centre of each dish. A frame is used to achieve uniform depth and angles. After a coating of cashew oil-based glue, the work is …

Kago Matchstick Lamp

This Kago Lamp has a natural matchstick weave. Available from Oriental Furniture for $24.

Enlighten Lamps: Bamboo and Reclaimed Teak

Enlighten makes lamps using sustainable woods like bamboo and reclaimed teak. The artist, Deaw Intawong, has a rustic-contemporary approach to design. The lamps are handmade in Thailand and fair traded. They are available from YuzuMura for $70.