We all like to use a coaster to pop our cup of tea or coffee, to avoid making rings on the table. But many coasters sold in shops are made from plastic (oil) or glass (very energy-intensive to make). Coasters are an ideal item to make use of recycled waste (recycled plastic clothing is not good as it releases microplastics in the machine that go out to sea). But for coasters, the material is ideal. Here are a few inventive finds that you may like to buy as a treat, or as a nice affordable housewarming gift for others.
Seagrass & Jute coasters are nice although obviously not waterproof. Jute is a very easy to grow crop that’s woven with seagrass and a fabric label for a nice coaster (with matching dinner mats) that are handmade in Bangladesh to give jobs in some of the poorest areas on earth. Coloured with eco dyes, wipe-clean only.
These recycled newspaper coasters are sold as a set in their own holder, made from unique recycled papers, just choose your preferred colour combination. Adds a touch of rustic elegance.
These Scottish coasters are made from recycled white milk jugs and bottle caps, and come n a range of pretty colours from pink to purple.
These beach clean coasters are made from ocean plastic and have a cork backing, wrapped in paper belly bands. Flexible and soft to touch, each batch is unique and you can buy matching place mats.