Are you having problems finding that beautiful, well crafted, yet completely affordable eco-gift? Well this Treehugger was struggling on her quest for the perfect eco wedding present when she chanced upon the joy that is La Mediterranea. A Spanish glassware company who set up business in 1975 in Valencia, with the specific intention of making beautiful products from recycled glass.Their mission statement was strikingly simple: ‘Do a good job, respecting both the environment and individuals’. To date this clear aim has served them well, they have been recognised with over 30 awards for design and manufacturing excellence and export to 70 countries around the world. They have two product lines, Vidreco, a collection of practical products for daily use, all made from 100% recycled glass and La Mediterranea, a more decorative design collection, which uses 95% recycled glass and ceramics. The glass is mostly sourced from urban recycling bins and they are currently totalling recycled glass consumption of more than 5 million kilos per year. They use top designers who produce new collections each year and also collaborate on projects with other well known designers, such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, lending them the respectable air of being ecologically minded.
So all in all La Mediterranea is a great find, the only problem now is choosing your favourite pieces! Out of the January 2005 collection by Silvia Garcia we are particularly enamoured with Irta, two flower pots in one; Yembé, a pair of beautifully shaped vases; Égora, a sophisticated set of engraved tableware with chocolate brown silk screen printed plates. We also think that they have the perfect treehugger gift in their water jug on which is decorated with the word ‘ecological’ in several different languages, the great news is that this jug is currently on special offer on their website. We hope you have fun choosing your own favourite gifts, although you’ll probably want to buy most of it for yourself! ::La Mediterranea ::La Mediterranea online shop
[Leonora & Petz]