Handmade gifts are general greener than mass manufactured objects for a whole bunch of reasons, but handcrafters seem to be on an extra green kick this year. I noticed this over the weekend at Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles, where more than 150 indie-crafters brought their unique wares to would-be handmade holiday shoppers.
There, about every other booth touted their use of eco-friendly, recycled, and reused materials. Mushroom toys made of recycled sweaters? Check. “Magic Wallets” crafted from old hardback bookcovers? Check. Upcycled frames painted in new flashy colors? Check.
There were cute lovey eco-friendly cards Fugu Fugu Press — a small letterpress company in Pasadena, Calif. that hand prints its cards with soy ink on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
Erin Zamrzla from Santa Monica had a booth featuring handbound planners made with recycled paper — and bound with vintage book straps!
I thought Sass & Peril‘s Birdee magnets — crafted from eco-fi felt, which is made from post-consumer recycled bottles — could also work as holiday tree decorations.
And Taxi CDC‘s booth offered simple, upcycled eco-fashions.
The Weekend Store‘s booth was crowded with shoppers ogling recycled vintage jewelry made with typewriter keys — perfect for your old school writer friend.
My favorite upcycled jewelry, however, came from murkee — a Colorado company that makes jewelry and accessories from reclaimed skateboards. I bought a pair to wear to green holiday parties –
And the crunchiest jewelry? That honor went to the twig earrings sold by i am dorkas. I was not feeling twiggy enough to wear them. Do you think you could pull them off?
Renegade Craft Fair next travels to San Francisco, where more than 200 crafters will welcome holiday shoppers this weekend, December 18 and 19, in the Concourse Exhibition Center’s East Hall. Won’t be in San Francisco this weekend? Most of the eco-friendly crafters I mentioned have online shops (follow the links). Plus, Renegade Craft Fairs happen across the country in the summer, so sign up to get on the email list and find out about the next fair near you.