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Glassware that's green in more ways than one

Lightly tinted glassware is made from 100 percent recycled materials

West Elm

The first time I walked into a West Elm store, I knew I would fall in love with it. The company focuses on organic housewares, both in design aesthetic and in the materials they use, and I got a good feeling when I looked around at the natural bamboo furniture and painted branches.

It's this kind of mindful design that is growing increasingly popular, as our concern for the planet waxes and our tastes for expensive luxuries from synthetic material correspondingly wanes. But the pieces that end up in stores like West Elm are no less beautiful than those made with less sustainable materials, making them appealing to a wider audience than to those who have been buying hemp clothing and biodegradable housewares all along.

You can check out these dishes on West Elm's Web site here.