Singular upcycled wooden boxes called “Frank” combine to create larger design pieces. Tel Aviv has been fortunate enough to experience a recent influx of sustainable design studios, creating anything from rotary telephone desk lamps to wood veneer light fixtures. These studios are slowly bringing upcycled and sustainable design to the mainstream, and two new girls […]
In order to reconfigure glass (from wine or beer bottles for example) it has to endure extremely high temperatures. Chafic Abi Abdallah used to work in the hospitality industry, but grew weary of sitting in front of the computer for twelve hours a day. So he set out on a trip to Southeast Asia to […]
A grape seed, avocado and apricot kernel massage oil is great for eco-intimacy. Recently, the developer of an environmentally friendly, vegan and kosher natural oil for massage and intimacy contacted your Green Love editor with a delightful request. Review their product – TRUST – for the eco-conscious audience in the Middle East. Being ardent advocates […]
Eco-conscious beauty company presents a beautiful new look to inspire consumers to do more than put their best face forward. Since EcoTools’ launch in 2008, the brand has grown tremendously with new beauty products and extensions every year. Hailed as a, “favorite of celebrities, beauty editors and women around the world” including the most famous […]
Bedouin women from Israel are getting a name for themselves at the furniture fair in Milan, where their home-spun woolen rugs are on proud display as a prized example of high-end sustainable design. The Eindhoven designers BCXSY teamed up with SIDREH, the non-profit organization behind Lakiya Negev weaving to create these one-of-a-kind products.
After ten years in Israel, what is Ikea’s regional legacy? When the Swedish affordable home furnishing company, Ikea, came to Israel ten years ago, it filled a void. The store filled the need for a more approachable, affordable place for Israelis to furnish their homes and experiment with interior design. Former Ikea Israel CEO Dov […]
“When you truly ‘listen’ to the material you will find so many possibilities!” says Aya Tager of her green designs. Lots of designers, including designers living and working in the Middle East, like to play with trash. Lebanese fashion designer Ziad Ghanem likes to play with trashed clothes, and lots of Israeli designers are rethinking […]
MezooMe puts the “zoom” back in organic textile design. Like other designers who have turned their energies towards organic baby product design, Israeli designer Anat Biala’s inspiration for MezooMe Designs – a line of organic linens for babies – was her firstborn son, Jonathan. In 2008, shortly after Jonathan’s birth, Biala had a strong urge […]
Fashion designer Naomi Maaravi makes clothes with a story. When Dutch designer Naomi Maaravi moved to Tel Aviv a few years ago, she brought her “clothes with a story” and affinity for recycled fashion with her. She began creating her upcycled, re-designed fashion pieces ten years ago, when she made her first piece for her […]
Ayala Moriel Parums is a world-renowned boutique purveyor of sensual and inspiring natural perfumes, “crafted with passion and integrity,” that rise above the standard read-to-wear fragrances. The concept of wearing au natural scents is gaining traction among consumers around the world, and locally in the Middle East, a region rich in botanicals and natural essences. […]
Yiuco may be the Middle East’s greener Etsy. Etsy, the global online store, has enjoyed great success due to the fact that it enables individuals to buy handmade, unique items from other individuals around the world with the click of a mouse. It has even spurred what some people are calling the “Handmade Revolution” by […]
Colorful, feminine, and elegant, Amit Ayalon’s couture dress upcycles reusable Envirosax bags. Fun, flirty, and stylish, if you looked at the gown above from a distance you may not even know that it was crafted from repurposed reusable Envirosax bags. Normally, upcycled dresses are made out of existing clothing, as in the case of Lebanese […]
MADEO does the leg work for you when it comes to tracking down cool gifts for your eco-trendy friends. You know the scenario: it’s your cool eco-friendly pal’s housewarming/birthday/holiday party/fill-in-the-blank party and you are short one fabulous/original/aesthetic/environmentally-considerate gift. You want something creative yet functional, like a cool hanging wine glass rack or a funky bread […]
Ecoist: an individual that lives a modern, eco-minded lifestyle. (Don’t forget chic.) When it comes to upcycling discarded products or industrial scraps, designers often turn to making fashion or home accessories. They are fun to make, and allow people to feel creative and less wasteful in their accessory choices. Here on Green Prophet we’ve already […]
Bezalel Academy students show us what happens when design meets plastic bags, citrus peels, and dehydrated vegetables. Well known for its innovative and high level of forward-thinking in the arts and design, Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design can be proud of its creative students. Proud enough to show their designs off to the […]
Lebanon Graphic Designer, Leen Sadder, shares with us the design and environment issues behind 'THIS Miswak', an organic and toothpaste-free toothbrush that's also a Muslim tradition. Check out what Leen has to say to critics in this exclusive Green Prophet interview.
We’ve seen billboards turned into handbags, now they’re being upcycled into placemats. Chew on that. The ubiquitous billboards that we routinely see during our everyday lives are made out of PVC, some pretty nasty stuff. Due to the nature of billboards being hung outdoors and subjected to weather, they are made of out a fairly […]
Reuse conference brings designers and entrepreneurs together, showing that reusing is eco-friendly, fun, and profitable too. The concept of reuse is not new to Israel. Over the past few years it has seen “Reuse” exhibitions in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as the emergence of several upcycling, sustainable designers who have brought fun and […]
An entirely ethical outfit from Fashion Conscience with Muslim modesty in mind - Easy to adapt to your styles and the weather. Rate or slate it here.
Reconciling nature and fashion with a new generation of biodegradable shoes. We’ve seen some pretty interesting shoes on Green Prophet, such as these tongue shoes from Israeli designer Kobi Levi and these nature-friendly vegan shoes, but we would never have thought about sprouting new life from smelly worn shoes. OAT Shoes from the Netherlands did, […]
This beautiful table designed to evoke the genie in the lamp was carved out of layers of biodegradable, corrugated cardboard. Sanserif Creatius is not the first designer to notice the jewels that comprise ancient Arabic art, design, and architecture. Mey and Boaz Khan made these lovely ecoolers that mimic ancient Arabic detail and ecological awareness, […]
Ezri Tarazi’s recycled design also draws important attention to how much conflict informs the Israeli identity. Any visitor to Jerusalem can attest to a palpable tension, an energy, if you will, that scrunches together hundreds of years of political and religious positioning. That same aura rises above almost every Israeli and Palestinian home. And it […]
If you have a lot of stuff laying around that you can’t bear to part with but currently has no use, than Hana would be a god send. The Jordan-based eco designer can turn tins into lanterns, skateboards into necklaces and plastic bags into notebooks. Not only is she a budding designer with great flair […]
The ancient art of glass-blowing and glass recycling is applied to make eco-friendly fixtures Apart from very few workshops dotted across the region, most of the glass blowing that occurs in the Middle East is for tourists. In Hebron, people are brought in on buses to stare at glass-blowers and then wander around the workshop […]
Check out the first entirely ethical outfit in Green Prophet's 'eco-hijab' series focusing on Muslim fashion - taking inspiration from UK's Spirit Of Nature, an entirely organic store striving for 'eco-living'.