Congratulations are in order!

Strata Community Australia (NSW) is the peak body for the strata sector in New South Wales. … You may be like me and ask.. What is a strata? In Australia, Strata title allows individual ownership of part of a property (called a lot’ and generally an apartment or townhouse), combined with shared ownership in the remainder (called ‘Common Property’ e.g. foyers, driveways, gardens) through a legal entity called the owners corporation — or strata.

The 2014 Whitbread Strata Community Awards were recently announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 18 July. The top award, Innovation of the Year was won by Megasealed. Megasealed was born from the knowledge that shower recess leakage was a major recurring problem and drove the need for a ‘super sealant’. After intensive research the Megasealed crew teamed up with an industrial chemist and invented the perfect product, Megasealed™, which revolutionized the bathroom renovation business.

Recycled Necklaces

If you want to break free of the “same-old, same-old,” I encourage you to check out Novica.  Novica is somehow connected with the National Geographic and it is a website full of fair trade treasures.  They work with artisans around the world helping them bring their crafts to a marketplace and earn a sustainable living.  On the site, there are loads of interesting, unusual jewelry, clothing, handbags and some gift items.  For example, I saw many chess sets and desk accessories.  Here’s some of my favs:

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This necklace is centered by a cow bone pendant surrounded by terracotta and sese wood beads. Colorful beads recycled from plastic bottles and vinyl discs. $34.99 at Novica

 


 

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The necklace is crocheted by hand with beads recycled from plastic bottles and vinyl records.
$67.99 at Novica

 


 

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This stylish sophisticated necklace combines sleek glass beads crafted of recycled glass with recycled plastic disks.

Recycled Robots – for your inner automoton

Found art with personality! First up is Etsy artist, Ken Swallow who creates his “KenBots” in his “Bot Cave” down near Tampa, FL. His artwork runs the gamut of creatures, motorcycles, and ROBOTS. Many of his pieces have a steampunk influence. Very creative and wonderfully inventive! Check out his website at www.kenbots.com or his Etsy Store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KensArt

 


 

Next stop is artist Branimir Misic from Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. His bio mentions that he is a mechanical engineer and has been working on mixed media sculptures from recycled objects for over 30 years. His creations are true works of art. Check out his Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BranMixArt

 


 

Next up is Will Wagenaar from Reclaim2Fame who has been featured on GreatGreenGoods previously. He is a Floridian who has been creating with recycled re-purposed materials for more than 30 years. His work always communicates the powerful message of creative reuse. You can view his creatures on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/willwagenaar/ or read his blog at: http://willwagenaar.tumblr.com/. You can view his Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/reclaim2fame

 


 

Cheri Kudja from Hollywood FL loves to tinker with small found objects, hardware & jewelry scraps and has a special fondness for spark plugs & lugnuts. Her creations generally contain at least 75% of recycled or upcycled items. LOTS of personality in these robots! She can be found on Etsy at BittiBots: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ckudja

 


 

From Erica Elgin who has a degree in sculpture from Portland State University. All of her robots have names and a backstory. Her site is bubbling with enthusiasm. Erica obviously had a lot of fun making these creatures. Her Etsy site is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/enca

 


 

Want to create your own robots? Buy the book!
Available on Amazon

Holiday Cards – Eco-friendly options

Ordering holiday cards online is getting better every year so that now it is has evolved to be the easiest fastest and most painless process! There are many great companies to choose from.

Many people sing the praises of Minted.com They have a unique approach where they hold monthly design challenges amongst graphic designers from all over the world and their community selects the best designs. This guarantees you’ll always be presented with the best hip and happening designs as well as the old tried and true. You can choose between several paper choices with a premium 100% recycled thick paper being among the choices. Options include using your own photo(s) to create your card or choosing from one of the over 240 non-photo cards. Postcards are also available at Minted.com

 


 


Night Owl Paper Goods is another online company worth checking out. Their designs are cute with a distinctive vintage look. They also have many designs available to work around your photo(s) as well as many “no photo” options. The unique feature is their materials …your cards can be printed on wood (eco-friendly sustainably-harvested birch) or paper (eco-friendly, FSC certified paper made with zero-emission wind-generated power). Either choice is sure to be a holiday hit. Many of their designs are created to be reused as holiday tree ornaments which makes them even more precious to the card recipients.

 

Recycled Terrariums

(made from Recycled Electric Meters)


Best part about this is that it already has the screw holes in the back of the unit for easy mounting to a wall or partition. Unusual to say the least!

Available special order from Sprout Home

The terrarium below is hand blown, recycled glass in the shape of a volcano. Available in two options: 1) indirect light 2) direct light. Available from Adore Floral Inc.

From a traditional incandescent lightbulb which is shipped filled with moss and stones (also available empty if you’d like to add your own plants). Click through to see the variety and creativity in Steampunk fashion.

This one is definitely the best value available from SteamedGlass’s Etsy Shop

Teardrop hanging terrarium below solves the problem if you don’t have a wall or counter space to display your greenery. This gives a lovely hanging plant feeling either outside or in. From hand blown recycled glass.
Available at VivaTerra – Eco Living with Style. Find natural home décor, unique women’s accessories, elegant dinnerware, organic gifts and more.