Want to make nosh n’ nibble time a bit more artistic, not to mention altruistic? Dine off of — or just decorate with — Plates With Purpose, a collection of handcrafted recycled glassware from Pennsylvania-based Riverside Design Group.

Fifteen percent of sales from each individual dish design — there are 11 total — benefit a unique national or regional nonprofit organization. Not all of the charities are environmental in nature but all are excellent causes. Here’s the rundown:

The Butterfly design benefits Forbes Hospice; the Heart design benefits Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh; the Tree design benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates; the Sunflower design benefits the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery; the Ladybug benefits the United Mitchondrial Disease Foundation; the Elephant design benefits the National Autism Society; the Stars design benefit the Persad Center and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force; the Wheat design benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; the Forget-Me-Not design benefits the Alzheimer’s Foundation; the Healing Garden design benefits the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; and the Bach design benefits the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

Plates with PurposeMost all plate designs are available as 5”x10” rectangles ($36), 9” squares ($38), or 14” squares ($88) with the exception of the Healing Garden which is available as a set of four 7” square plates ($115); Elephant which is available as a 9” square turquoise ($42) or  a 9” square pearl ($38) plate; Ladybug which is available as a 9” square red ($42) or a 9” square pearl ($38) plate; and Sunflower which is available as a 9” square ($38) plate.

All Plates With Purpose are hand-cut and hand-colored in Riverside Design Group’s LEED-certified Western Pennsylvania headquarters and orders are shipped with low-weight packing materials. Buy ‘em as sets if you feel particularly passionate about a certain cause or feel free to mix and match. 

Via [TreeHugger]

Photos: Plates With Purpose/Riverside Design Group

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

A real glass act
Riverside Design Group's post-industrial, pre-consumer recycled glass dishes, Plates With Purpose, benefit 11 different nonprofit groups.