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Save Money While Saving The Environment

Taressa George

Nowadays, we have so many choices when it comes to shopping.  Not only do we have shopping malls, but local farmers markets, second-hand and consignment stores, as well as an unlimited number of online stores. 

E-commerce has become so popular that even groceries can now be delivered to your front door.  Mattresses, cars, medicine, and even fast-food, can all be delivered nearly anywhere.  Drones are even making deliveries in some places.  

For those of us who value social and environmental responsibility, we think about the impact our purchases have on the environment and society.  We think about the value of purchasing from places that support important causes, give back, and make a difference.  And the companies who take steps to reduce their environmental impact, make us feel better about purchasing from them.

WellaVerde is proud to be among the companies who think beyond the bottom line.  While we cannot compete with retail giants like Amazon or WalMart, we feel good about the products we offer and the way we get them to your door.  We sleep better at night knowing that we deliver something with minimal impact on the environment, and we are glad to provide unique, one-of-a-kind items that can't be found in any retail chain. 

We value our customers not because they make purchases.  We value our customers because they are making a difference.  When it comes to shopping, they have a choice.  In fact, they have a plethora of choices, yet they make a conscious decision to buy a sustainable, recycled, organic, fair-trade and eco-friendly product that supports a bigger mission.  A product with benefits far greater than their original, intended purpose.  

The next time you need a unique gift, consider its source, material, and secondary benefits.  Imagine what it would feel like if everything we purchased had additional benefits.  What a wonderful world this would be. 

Upcycling...

Taressa George

...is the term used for taking an item that is used or considered ordinary and making something new and useful from it.  The term was coined in 1994 relating to the practice of not wasting potentially usefull materials.  In Haiti, an example of upcycling is steel drum art. It is a unique art form recognized worldwide utilizing 55 gallon metal oil drums which have been cleaned, sometimes flattened, hand tooled and soldered. Thus artisans can create decorative pieces of art of environmental value.
For example, this Rustic Iron Patio Firepit is made from these 55 gallon drums with a hand tooled eternity circle design on the side. A recycled, repurposed, handmade product which also gives back a portion of the proceeds to Sister Clara's Clinic in Haiti.

Decorating for Thanksgiving

Taressa George

The Thanksgiving holiday has crept up on us again! And everyone is coming to our house for dinner. The menu is actually organized and down on paper. All that remains is the actual cooking and the perfect centerpiece for our bountiful Thanksgiving table. For instant fall flavor, I'll pull out my driftwood candelabra, scour the back yard for any usable foliage, berries, etc. I check the leftover Halloween items for any gourds, pumpkins, etc., that I may be able to spray paint and use in the centerpiece. With those items gathered, I make a run to the local crafts store to grab some candles and interesting filler items I can tuck into the empty spaces. Since pillar candles can be expensive, I decide to go with only 4 candles and put some of the small pumpkins on the pillar holders.

Watch this short video that shows us putting together this easy-to-make "updated cornucopia" centerpiece. It's so easy to turn this 7-candle candelabra made of reclaimed driftwood into an elegant centerpiece using a combination of natural and store-bought elements. It will be the highlight of the holiday table.

And it works for every holiday. Right after Thanksgiving, I'll take this apart and turn it into a centerpiece or mantelpiece for Christmas.

Natural Seagrass Fruit

Taressa George

Roost utilizes authentic natural, recycled and repurposed materials to create contemporary products for the home. The finished products are truly handmade, small craft production, manufactured in workshops and factories where Roost has formed longstanding, fair trade relationships following ecologically and socially sound practices.

Charming sea grass fruits add an organic, textural element to any arrangement. Sea grass fronds are carefully bundled and hand-cut to form this unusual crop. Each set of 6 includes one each of: apple, short pear, mango, tall pear, lemon and orange.

Rustic Clay Tile Wall Sconce

Taressa George

Kalalou came to life in 1984 when owners Doug and Susan Williams traveled to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and encountered the beautiful handmade baskets being sold in the markets. They promptly turned a vacation into a vocation and then into a viable industry and dependable support for their many artisans and their communities through the Doug and Susan's Kids Foundation. The sales of Kalalou products pay for doctors and medical supplies at Sister Clara's Clinic in Haiti, build schools and provide school uniforms in Honduras, and build homes and provide food for children in Colombia.

A simple terracotta roof tile has been cleverly repurposed and turned into a rustic wall sconce. 19" high, the sconce hangs from a recycled wire hook and holds a pillar candle. Pretty in pairs. Best for use outdoors. Chocolate brown or turquoise wash.

Basket Weave Water Hyacinth Pillow

Taressa George

What is water hyacinth? Water hyacinth is a free-floating water reed that originated in South America but has since been introduced worldwide. It is one of the fastest growing plants known and can completely cover a body of water if not controlled. It has begun to clog up some of the waterways in Thailand, so a very clever Thai designer figured out how to use the fibrous stalks of this plant to create beautiful home accessories and pillows. She has turned a weed into contemporary home products, using traditional Thai craftsmanship and providing additional income to the villagers. A real winner all around -- sustainable, fair trade and gorgeous.

Natural color water hyacinth fibers woven with black jute into a wonderfully unique decorative pillow. Black cotton canvas backing. Pillow insert filled with 95/5 down. Natural color as shown.

Water Hyacinth Cotton Twist Pillow

Taressa George

What is water hyacinth? Water hyacinth is a free-floating water reed that originated in South American but has since been introduced worldwide. It is one of the fastest growing plants known and can completely cover a body of water if not controlled. It has begun to clog up some of the waterways in Thailand, so a very clever Thai designer figured out how to use the fibrous stalks of this plant to create beautiful home accessories and pillows. She has turned a weed into contemporary home products, using traditional Thai craftsmanship and providing additional income to the villagers. A real winner all around -- sustainable, fair trade and gorgeous.

Twisted cotton stripes woven with natural water hyacinth fiber to form stripes of off-white and natural. White cotton canvas backing with 95/5 down insert. 3 sizes available.

Natural Water Hyacinth Round Accent Pillow

Taressa George

What is water hyacinth? Water hyacinth is a free-floating water reed that originated in South American but has since been introduced worldwide. It is one of the fastest growing plants known and can completely cover a body of water if not controlled. It has begun to clog up some of the waterways in Thailand, so a very clever Thai designer figured out how to use the fibrous stalks of this plant to create beautiful home accessories and pillows. She has turned a weed into contemporary home products, using traditional Thai craftsmanship and providing additional income to the villagers. A real winner all around -- sustainable, fair trade and gorgeous.

Beautiful, rippled and round -- a great accent on any sofa. These unique accent pillows are artistically hand crafted from water hyacinth fiber by village artisans. Backed with 100% natural hemp cloth and filled with natural kapok. 19" across.

Natural Sea Stone Coast Hook

Taressa George

Sea stones are made by Mother Nature and gently rounded through years of rolling in the ocean. They are carefully collected from rivers and beaches all over New England. The owners of Sea Stones have a deep respect for nature and our planet. For every smooth stone they collect, a rough quarry stone is "planted" for the water to tumble into smoothness. They also replant 10 times the number of trees harvested in the creation of the solid hardwood backplates.

Coast Hooks are real stones, securely mounted on beautiful solid hardwood backplates. Great for entryways, baths, bedrooms, closets, kitchens and even for holding swags, tiebacks and curtain rods. Wall mountable. Hardware included. 5"h x 2½"w.

Bronze Grid Bowl Collection

Taressa George

The art of metal work has been known to Indians for almost 5000 years. Indian craftsmen have used different metals like iron, copper, silver and alloys like bronze, bell metal and white metal to produce items such as pots, pans, utensils, photo frames, sculptures of deities, mythological figures and animals. Today in India, with scrap metal just as usable as fresh metal, and far less environmentally taxing, it makes sense to promote the trade and use of scrap in manufacturing processes and village crafts.

Repetition of a simple square creates the busy pattern of these bowls. Each hand-crafted piece is assembled from cross-sectioned recycled brass wire that has been burnished to a mottle bronze finish. Set of 3 bowls. 7½"dia to 15"dia x 2½"h.