I'm torn. These lamps from South African designer Heath Nash are beautiful when lit and his profile in Ping Magazine describes his effort to distinguish South African design and employ local artisans. Heath is using recycled plastic bottles and "other people's rubbish" to create lampshades. But are they really green?
Cradle to Cradle might refer to this as downcycling, but maybe not... are these decorative objects finding permanent places in people's homes? I recommend exploring Heath's site. In addition to lampshades, he and his team have created decorative panels, screens, furniture and tabletop items. It may not be a solution, but is a step in the right direction.
(Re-Edited from 2007-7-30 - CB)
(Re-Edited from 2006-10-02 - MGR)