11 Organic Cotton Hammocks, Eco-Friendly and Recycled

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

Recycled Hammocks by Byers of MaineHammocks are a sublime was to relax, but what you’re relaxing in is worth consideration. Whether you’re shopping for an indoor or outdoor hammock, I highly recommend getting one that’s made with eco-friendly materials. I was happy to find a variety of organic cotton hammocks as well as hammocks made with recycled materials, which I share with you in this post.

Most hammocks you find today are made with synthetic materials, such as virgin nylon and polyester. While these synthetics are certainly durable and in some cases inexpensive, they do have big environmental costs.

Many other hammocks, such as traditional rope hammocks, are made with commercial cotton. Alas, while commercial cotton is a natural fiber and therefore more biodegradable than synthetics, it also has a heavy environmental footprint. You can read more details about the problems with hammocks made from these materials at the end of this post.

But first, check out all of these Earth-friendly ways to kick back and relax.

 

Eco-Friendly, Organic Cotton Hammocks by La Siesta

The perfect name for a hammock company, La Siesta is a market leader in organic cotton hammocks. They make a number of Colombian and Brazilian hammocks with GOTS certified organic cotton. “GOTS” stands for the Global Organic Textile Standard, which is the preeminent textile processing standard for organic fibers. Cotton that is GOTS certified means every step in the supply chain is independently certified to meet rigorous ecological and social standards.

Through their SOCiLA initiative, La Siesta furthers organic cotton-growing programs in Latin America. This initiative focuses on:

  • Decreasing pesticide contamination
  • Lowering the carbon footprint of growing cotton
  • Protecting surface and ground water
  • Reducing water usage
  • Maintaining healthy soils
  • Preserving biodiversity
  • Protecting the health of farmers and field workers
  • Supporting small, family-owned farms
  • Enhancing food security
  • Promoting sustainable, organic farming methods

This list should make you feel pretty good as you relax in a La Siesta organic hammock.

1. Socially Conscious, Organic Cotton Brazilian Hammock by La Siesta

Organic Cotton Bossa Nova Kingsize Hammock in Ivory with Couple by La Siesta

The Bossa Nova Family Hammock can hold up to 440 lbs., so it’s big enough for the whole family or a few close friends. It’s made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. La Siesta describes its organic cotton hammocks as “fair to humans, fair to nature, and having supreme softness.”

Your purchase of this hammock will support street children in Brazil. La Siesta donates five euros for every hammock they sell to the Brazilian street kids’ project Dito Escolinha. This hammock comes in ivory and Bordeaux red.

Here’s a video of the Bosso Nova Brazilian Hammock:

Price: ~$242.70

Buy Now on Amazon

 

2. GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Double Hammock by La Siesta

GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Copa Double Hammock by La SiestaAnother GOTS certified organic cotton hammock by La Siesta, the Brazilian-style Copa Hammock is big enough to fit two people or 355 lbs. This hammock is handmade in Brazil and has decorative macramé fringes. Plus, it has tear-proof selvages and multiple suspension cords. It comes in orange/red, brown, blue/fuchsia, and green/yellow. It’s also machine-washable.

Here’s a video about the Copa Hammock:

Price: ~$131.00 – $199.99

Buy Now on Amazon

 

3. GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Colombian Hammock by La Siesta

GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Colombian Hammock by La SiestaThis classic Colombian hammock is another one that’s big enough for the whole family, with a 440-pound weight capacity. It’s made with GOTS certified organic cotton and it comes in orange/red, brown, blue/fuchsia, and green/yellow. It’s also machine-washable.

Price: ~$149.90

Buy Now on Amazon

 

4. Organic Cotton Hammock by Fiber

Organic Cotton Hammock by FiberThis ivory, Bohemian-style hammock with macramé fringe is made with 100% organic cotton. It can be used indoors or outdoors, and it’s machine-washable. It comes in single or double hammock widths. Fiber makes a variety of natural fiber home wares.

Price: ~$45.80 – $55.80

Buy Now on Amazon

 

5. Fair Trade Organic Cotton Hammock by the Toucan Shop

Fair Trade Organic Cotton Hammock by the Toucan Shop
This stretchy, woven hammock comes in ivory as well as fun color combinations, including Rastafarian, rainbow, and the colors of the Brazilian flag. It’s made with organic cotton.

The Toucan Shop is a socially conscious company that imports goods directly from artisans in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Guatemala. Every Toucan hammock sold helps to get homeless, disabled, and vulnerable people out poverty. All of Toucan Shops’ products are handmade and Fair Trade.

Price: ~$109.99

Buy Now on Amazon

 

6. GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Hammocks by Ecomundy

GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Hammocks by EcomundyEcomundy is another premium brand that makes eco-friendly hammocks with GOTS certified organic cotton. With a focus on sustainability, Ecomundy uses only GOTS certified organic cotton to ensure “the entire process, from the production of organic cotton to the spinning, dyeing, weaving, finishing, and transportation to the point of sale” follows the highest environmental and ethical standards.

Price: ~$144.95 – $165.95

Buy Now on Amazon

 

7. Organic Cotton Baby Hammock by Ecomundy

Organic Cotton Baby Hammock by Ecomundy

Ecomundy also makes this cute baby hammock with GOTS certified organic cotton.

Price: ~$56.24

Buy on Etsy

 

8. 100% Organic, Sustainable Handmade Amazonian Hammock

100% Organic, Sustainable Handmade Amazonian HammockThe Jungle Hammock is made by the Warao tribe of the Amazon with 100% natural moriche rope from palm trees. These hammocks are created from a 4,000-year old weaving tradition, and each hammock takes three months to make. They can hold up to 300 lbs.

Price: ~$150.00

Buy Now on Amazon

 

Recycled Hammocks

9. Recycled Plastic and Upcycled Cotton Hammock by Eco-Hammock

Recycled Plastic and Upcycled Cotton Hammock by Eco-Hammock

This environmentally conscious hammock by Eco-Hammock with made with 100% recycled PET plastic bottles and discarded cotton textile scraps. The cotton textile cuttings are sorted by hand, so no re-dying is needed, increasing the Earth-friendly aspects of this cool hammock. It comes in ivory, turquoise, red, orange, and royal blue stripes, and you can use it indoors or outside. This eco-friendly hammock is large enough to fit two people who are 6’5”.

Price: ~$49.95

Buy Now on Amazon

 

10. Recycled Single Hammock by Byer of Maine

Recycled Single Hammock by Byer of Maine

In business since 1880, Byer of Maine makes camping and home ware products, including hammocks, cots, and bird feeders. This colorful, eco-friendly, Brazilian-style hammock is made with a recycled cotton and polyester blend. It’s designed for one person, but can hold up to 300 lbs. It can be used as an indoor or outdoor hammock, and it’s easy to fold up and store when not in use.

Price: ~$89.95

Buy Now on Amazon

 

11. 100% Recycled Hammock by Stubio Art Nature

100% Recycled Hammock by Stubio Art NatureThis eco-friendly hammock is made with 100% recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton. Yet, the material looks, feels, and performs like linen. One hammock keeps 25 PET plastic water bottles out of the landfill or ocean. The blue color comes from the recycled materials used – the hammock is not dyed.

Price: ~$70.00

Buy on Etsy

 

Why It’s Better to Get an Eco-Friendly Organic Cotton or Recycled Hammock

Nylon and Polyester Hammocks

Materials that hammocks are commonly made of today are not gentle on our environment. Synthetic materials like nylon and polyester leave an unfavorable environmental footprint.
Polyester is not considered eco-friendly because it takes a lot of energy to produce. In addition, its production emits greenhouse gases and other harmful chemicals into the environment. Polyester also uses large amounts of water to produce, as well as lubricants that can cause contamination in the water supply. On a more positive note, polyester can be recycled.

Nylon, while durable and lightweight, which makes it a great material for camping hammocks, is also derived from petrochemicals. Like polyester, nylon isn’t biodegradable. In addition, its production emits nitrous oxide (N2O), which is a greenhouse gas that has 310-times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The Problem with Hammocks Made from Commercial, Non-Organic Cotton

Whether cotton is organic or not, it requires a lot of water to grow. For example, it can take more than 5,300 gallons of water to produce two pounds of cotton – which makes the equivalent of just one t-shirt and one pair of jeans. (World Wildlife Fund)

In addition, non-organic, commercial cotton uses a lot of insecticides and pesticides to grow. In fact, 2.4% of the world’s crop land is planted with cotton, and yet cotton accounts for a whopping 24% of the insecticides and 11% of the pesticides used globally. Pesticides and insecticides not only destroy natural habitats and kill insects – like bees – they also cause severe health impacts in field workers. (World Wildlife Fund)

The use of genetically-modified cotton has increased dramatically in recent years. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 94% of the cotton now grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. (USDA)

The list of how genetically modified seeds and crops are harming humans, animals, insects, and the environment is extensive. In the case of genetically modified cotton, it has caused farm workers to become ill with skin and respiratory problems, it has killed livestock that have ingested it, and it’s built resistance in the very pests that the genetic modification was meant to curtail, requiring farmers to increase their use of pesticides even more. (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network)

For additional information on why genetically modified crops are so dangerous, visit the Institute for Responsible Science.

Opt for Organic Cotton Hammocks

While it’s difficult to avoid cotton altogether, wherever possible, opt for organic cotton. Yes, it can be more expensive, but more people buying products made from organic cotton will help drive down the price. And the overall rewards it delivers when it comes to human, animal, and environmental health are undeniable.

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

32 Cool Surf Vans

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

Cool Suf Vans

“I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.”

–Kelly Slater

Like a lot of people, I have a fascination with living a mobile, off-grid life. I love watching YouTube videos of people who are living the van life – especially those who’ve made really cool and unique living spaces by refurbishing vans, trailers, and RVs. I’ve wanted to share some of my favorite van life stories on UniGuide for a while, but there are so many great ones that it’s just too many for one blog post. So, I narrowed it down a little for this post, and I promise to share more later.

Here are some of my favorite videos, stories, and Instagram posts about a special kind of van life – and that’s the surf van life. I’ve always had a soft spot for surfers because so many of them are stewards of the sea: surfers care about the environment. They know what it feels like to be in harmony with the natural rhythm of the Earth – you could even say the Universe – and they want to protect its sanctity. So, in tribute to surfers and other nomadic souls, here are some really cool surf vans.

@Surfer_Vans on Instagram

By far, @surfer_vans is one of my favorite Instagram profiles: a page dedicated entirely to surf vans! OK, it’s true that many of these are gas guzzling vehicles, but I want to believe the people who own them are making up for that environmental negative by living in a more environmentally conscious way in other areas of their lives. If the surf van is your only home, well, I think that does it.

There are a lot of VW surf vans:

1.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

2.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

3.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

4.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

5.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

And a lot of VW surf vans with babes:

6.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

7.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

8.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

There are some natural fiber versions:

9.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

And there are some junker surf vans:

10.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

11.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

12.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

13.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

14.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

Then there are some serious rigs:

15.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

16.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

17.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

18.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

19.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

20.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

Let’s take a look inside some surf vans, shall we?

21.

 

22.

 

23.

A post shared by little_hobo (@little_hobo) on

 

24.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

25.

A post shared by @surfers_vans on

 

26.

 

27.

 

Cool Surf Vans on YouTube

And then, there are the surf vans of YouTube!

28.

One of my favorite YouTube channels is Living Big in a Tiny House with Bryce Langston. In this episode, he talks to a couple from the Czech Republic who convert an ambulance into an epic surf van to tour around in on a trip through New Zealand.

 

29.

Here’s another couple living as working digital nomads in their converted surf van. This video is from Dylan Magaster.

 

30.

This surfer is living the dream, touring around New Zealand in his converted van to find the best surf spots:

 

31.

And if you can’t have anything other than a Mercedes, check out this Sprinter remodel, presented by Sam Butement:

 

32.

Ready to build your own surf van? Well, if you want to know what the cost might be if you want to go first class on everything, check out the Sara and Alex’s van vlog for a breakdown:

 

See you at the beach!

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

21 Cool Doormats: Colorful, Coir, Recycled & Eco-Friendly

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

doormats-natural-recycledIf you’re looking for the perfect doormat for your home, there are undoubtedly a lot of options available. The good news is – many of these options are also easy on our planet. I found a great selection of cool doormats that are made with eco-friendly materials, including many that are fully biodegradable. Coir doormats, for example, are made with natural coconut fibers. When a 100% coir doormat wears out, you can simply toss it into your compost bin.

And if you like to welcome your guests with a little fun – I found some laser engraved doormats by a company called Damn Good Doormats that puts hilarious slogans on their unique selection of funny welcome mats. I also found cool doormats made with recycled and upcycled materials, like reclaimed lobster ropes and flip flops. With so many cool, eco-friendly doormats available, there’s no reason to buy any other kind!

 

Cool Doormats in Coir and Natural Fibers

Natural Coco Fiber Doormats
Doormats made from natural fibers are always a good bet. Once they’re worn out, they will eventually biodegrade and be less destructive to the environment. In some cases, if the doormat is made with 100% natural fibers, like coir doormats (which are made from coconut husks), they can be cut up and used as mulch for gardening, or, as mentioned above – tossed into your compost bin. Many of the welcome mats I present here are made of all natural coir. It’s an ideal eco-friendly material for doormats because you don’t feel badly about disposing of them once they wear out.

1. Coir Doormats by Kempf

Coir Doormat by KempfKempf is a leader in providing a wide variety of both natural fiber and recycled doormats. This style is made from 100% natural coir coconut fibers. There are no plastics in its construction, and it’s totally biodegradable.

  • Materials: 100% coconut fibers
  • Multiple sizes from: 18″ x 30″ up to 36″ x 72″; and approximately 1″ thick

Price: $17.95 – $95.95

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

 

2. Jute Natural Fiber Doormat by Iron Gate

Natural Jute Welcome MatAnother awesome, sustainable natural fiber that makes beautiful doormats is jute. This lovely design by Iron Gate is handmade and is super durable.

  • Materials: 100% jute
  • Size: 18″ x 30″

Price: $18.00 – $29.99

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

 

3. Abaca Banana Leaf Doormat by Green Breeze Imports

Natural Abaca Banana Plant DoormatSometimes called “Manila Hemp,” Abaca is a super strong natural fiber that comes from banana plants.

Price: $28.99 – $80.00

 

4. Crochet Jute Doormat

Crochet Jute Welcome Mat

Magic by Crochet hand makes mats and rugs with jute and upcycled fabric. This mat is made with all natural jute and it comes in a couple different sizes.

Price: $29.00

 

Funny Doormats

5. Funny and Rude Doormats by Damn Good Doormats

The Beware of Wife Doormat (with Shady Kids and Pets)

This is a popular one with UniGuide visitors!

Funny Doormat Beware of WifeJust because your doormat is eco-friendly, doesn’t mean it has to be serious! Damn Good Doormats are made with natural coconut, but they do have a little PVC plastic on them for a non-slip backing. Damn Good Doormats has so many funny doormats that you’ll just have to check out their store on Etsy to see them all. It will be hard to choose!

  • Materials: coconut fibers and PVC
  • Multiple sizes from: 18″ x 30″ to 23″ x 34″

Price: $39.00 – $65.00

 

6. Funny Dog Message Welcome Mat

If you’ve got a barker in the house, this “Knock on the door and let me sing you a song of my people” doormat is a must have. Just contact Hand Crafted by Hayes in their Etsy store and give them the name of your dog or dogs. They also do other custom doormat orders.

Funny Doormat for Dog People

Price: $32.00 – $35.00

 

7. “Hey.” Welcome Mat

Funny Hey Doormat in Coir
How many times a week do you say or text, “Hey”? Why not express it with your doormat too? This welcome mat by Nickel Design Shop is also made with sustainable coir. And if you’re more of a “Hi,” “Hello,” or even a “Yo,” person, Nickel Design makes those mats too. They’ve got other fun styles, including a French bull dog, watermelons, California Bear Republic, and my personal positive affirmation favorite: “Good Vibes Only.” Check out their Etsy store to find yours.

Price: $32.99

 

Animal and Fruit Welcome Mats

If you want a nature motif to go with your eco-friendly doormat, here are some cool designs inspired by nature and the animal kingdom.

8. Biodegradable Welcome Mats

Eco-Friendly Biodegradable Doormat with Birds

Fab Habitat makes a number of biodegradable doormats from coir. They have a variety of designs, with dogs, cats, flowers, and more. These welcome mats are 1oo% biodegradable and compostable. Plus, they’re colored with eco-friendly dyes and water-based paint.

  • Sizes: 30″ x 18″ and 36″ x 24″.
  • Comes in thick or low profile.

Price: $39.00 – $59.00

Buy Now on Amazon

 

9. Pineapple Welcome Mat

Pineapple Welcome Mat

This pineapple welcome mat is also made with coir. A pineapple is the universal symbol of hospitality, so this is the perfect way to welcome guests into your home.

  • Materials: coconut fibers
  • Size: 30″x19″

Price: $43.13

Buy Now on Amazon

 

Colorful Doormats

10. Colorful Doormat Made from Coconut Fibers

Rainbow Doormat in Natural Coir

Entryways offers an array of eco-friendly doormats, some with rainbow stripes and others with slogans printed one them. This colorful doormat is handmade, also from sustainable coconut fibers.

  • Materials: all natural coir
  • Size: 18” x 30” x 1.5″ thick

Price: $42.17

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

 

Rope Doormats

Upcycled rope doormats offer a cheery welcome to your guests.

11. Recycled Lobster Rope Doormats by Cape Porpoise Trading Company

Colorful Lobster Rope Doormats

From their headquarters in Maine, Cape Porpoise Trading Company makes an array of one-of-a-kind, colorful doormats from recycled lobster ropes.

  • Handmade to order in the USA
  • Materials: recycled lobster rope and repurposed flat rope
  • Sizes from: 29″ x 19″ x 1.25″ thick to 39″ x 19″ x 1.25″ thick

Price: $60.00 – $65.00

 

12. Recycled Rope Doormats by Stern Lines

  • Materials: 100% recycled fishing rope
  • Durable, weather-resistant, and reversible
  • Handmade in Maine, USA

Price: $44.00

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

 

13. Recycled Lobster Rope Doormats by the Alaska Rug Company

Recycled Lobster Rope Rugs by the Alaska Rope Company

The Alaska Rope Company creates a variety of colorful recycled rope doormats. They also make larger rugs and other nautical-style products with reclaimed lobster and sailing ropes.

Price: $65.00 – $250.00

 

Recycled Rubber and Neoprene Welcome Mats

NJ East Coasters is a new brand I discovered that makes really cool home accessories with recycled rubber, recycled neoprene, and upcycled wetsuit scraps. Someone at NJ East Coasters is a huge music fan as you’ll see in their designs in their Etsy store. Here are some of my favorite recycled welcome mats that they create.

14. Beatles Abbey Road Recycled Rubber Welcome Mat

Beatles Abbey Road Recycled Rubber Welcome Mat

Measures: 27” x 17” x 0.25”

Price: $30.00

 

15. Cool Recycled Rubber Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead Doormat

Cool Recycled Rubber Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead DoormatMeasures: 27” x 17” x 0.25”

Price: $39.99

 

16. Nautical Welcome Mat in Recycled Rubber and Neoprene

The American Mat Company also makes some cool doormats with recycled rubber and neoprene. Visit their Etsy store to see more designs.

Nautical Welcome Mat in Recycled Rubber and NeopreneMeasure: 27″ x 17″ x 25″

Price: $29.99

 

Recycled Flip Flop Doormats

17. Recycled Flip Flops Welcome Mat

Extra Thick Recycled Flip Flops DoormatThis welcome mat made with recycled flip flops is extra thick and comfy for bare feet when you’re coming from the park or the beach.

  • Materials: recycled flip flops and post-consumer waste diverted from landfills
  • Measures: 30″ x 20″ x 1″

Price: $44.94

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

18. Recycled Flip Flops Doormat

Here’s another style that’s also made with upcycled flip flops.

Recycled Flip Flop Door Mat

Price: $34.99

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

 

Wood and Cork Doormats

If you like a natural aesthetic, but want something different from coir and jute, how about wood or cork doormats?

19. Reclaimed Wood Doormat by Kensington Row Home Collection

Reclaimed Wood DoormatThis doormat is handmade from eco-friendly, reclaimed rubber tree wood.

  • Materials: reclaimed rubber wood
  • Size: 18″ x 30″ x 1/3″ thick

Price: $54.95

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

 

20. Wine Cork Doormat by Sarahracha

Upcycled Wine Cork Doormat

This doormat wins the “uber eco-friendly” award because it’s made with upcycled natural materials. Natural cork is a sustainable material to begin with. So, taking used wine corks and upcycling them into another useful item is sustainable product design in its finest form!

  • Materials: reclaimed wine bottle corks
  • Size: 30″ x 20″

Price: $125.00

 

Recycled Tire Doormats

21. Doormat Made from Recycled Tires by Kempf

Recycled Tires Doormat by Kempf

Here’s a classic doormat by Kempf that is made from recycled tires. Used tires are a huge environmental problem because they can take 80 years to decompose – and there are a lot of them. Americans alone go through 300 million tires every year. So, I love seeing them put to good use in this classic eco-friendly doormat.

  • Materials: recycled tires
  • Sizes from: 18.5″ x 32″ up to 36″ x 60″

Price: $23.64 – $74.95

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

I think you’ll agree that the coolest way to welcome your guests is with a doormat that’s easy on the Earth. Cheers!

Save

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

Funny Cork Coasters with Mistaken Lyrics

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

MistakenLyricCoasters820I’m a huge fans of cork because it’s such a versatile sustainable material. Like bamboo, it can be made into an array of cool products. I came across these fun cork coasters and had to share.

Mistaken Lyric Coasters by Bright Beam Goods

Laser-engraved on the coasters are mistaken lyrics from assorted collections, including songs from the 80s and 90s, lyrics about animals and food, and my personal favorite – inappropriate mistaken lyrics.

Here’s a G-rated version from their collection:

she’s a good girl
loves her mama
loves cheez-its
and america too
–Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’

Producing handmade goods in Austin, Texas, the team at Bright Beam Goods “believes handmade things carry more meaning. They are special, unique, imbued with traces of the human hand, and bring about a sense of wonder and joy.”

Not to mention – they’ll give you and your guests a chuckle.

Price: $25.00

Buy Now on Amazon

Buy Now on AmazonSave

Save

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

17 Suncatchers: Rainbow Makers for Your Home

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

“Life throws challenges, and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.”
―Amit Ray

Isa the Black Cat and a Rainbow Suncatcher
Isa, UniGuide founder Kristen’s cat, enjoys some suncatcher energy, while possibly fine tuning her third eye sensibilities.

Crystal suncatchers, or hanging window crystals, have a way of bringing more joy and tranquility into your home. They also make wonderful housewarming gifts! You can find them in virtually every shape and style to suit your personal aesthetics and home décor. At UniGuide, we believe that every home should have some extra rainbow makers. (In addition to your radiant self, that is.) So, we went on a quest to find the world’s most beautiful hanging crystals.

But first, some rainbow lore…

Rainbow Symbolism and Spirituality

Rainbows are one of nature’s most beautiful gifts, and not surprisingly, they’ve had symbolic and spiritual meaning in virtually every culture throughout history. In Norse mythology, the rainbow serves as a bridge that connects Earth with “Asgard,” which is the home of the Norse Gods. To the Aboriginal people of Australia, the Creator is a rainbow snake. And in Judeo-Christian stories, the rainbow symbolizes God’s promise, dating back to the time of Noah’s Ark, when God promised that that the world would not be destroyed by another flood. And in Buddhism, the rainbow represents the highest state of consciousness before achieving Nirvana. (Wikipedia.)

The Rainbow Chakra Connection

Chakras
The seven Chakras are key energy centers in our body through which our life force flows.

In Hindu, Buddhist, and New Age philosophies, the seven chakras, which represent the energy systems in the body, match the colors of the rainbow. Just as “white” sun rays hit raindrops and bend in different angles, forming the colors of the rainbow, the theory behind chakra balancing or chakra tuning, and sometimes referred to as “rainbow healing,” is that it enables the light from a higher power to enter us, tone our chakras, and heal us.

But even if you don’t consider yourself a spiritual person, and you simply appreciate the science of how rainbows occur, in all likelihood – you’re willing to admit that rainbows are beautiful and that they make you feel good.

And this is why we are publishing this post. While the extraordinariness of rainbows in the sky makes them all the more special to us (even if you’re lucky enough to live in the South Pacific, where they can be quite plentiful), it’s still fun to get some extra rainbow energy into your home by putting suncatchers in your windows. Here are some of our favorites.

Swarovski Crystal Suncatchers

We’re starting this list with Swarovski crystal suncatchers because we’d like to give a shout out to Swarovski AG, the company that makes Swarovski crystal. You’ll see a number of suncatchers throughout this post that use Swarovski crystal.

Swarovski Austrian Crystal Sun DiskSwarovski is a family-owned company based in Austria. Company founder Daniel Swarovski was born in northern Bohemia in 1862 and was the son of a glasscutter. According to Wikipedia, he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass. Swarovski crystals are manmade, but utilize quartz, sand, and minerals. The exact proportion of these elements in the crystal is a company secret.

Swarovski crystal is special because it has the beauty and sparkle of a precious gemstone, but it’s created by a company that believes in maintaining ethical social and environmental standards. Daniel Swarovski is quoted as saying, “Supporting social and environmental projects is the obligation of any responsible company.”

Sparkles with Good Karma

Awareness has grown in recent years about the tolls that the precious gemstone trade, for diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and others, takes on workers who mine them as well as the environment. You’ve probably heard the term “blood diamonds,” which refers to this. (The film “Blood Diamond,” starring Djimon Hounsou and one of our environmental superheroes, Leo DiCaprio, is a great movie that’s set around this issue.) While there are organizations that are trying to build more accountability into this industry, we are still a ways off from ubiquitous fair trade and environmental sustainability certifications in the precious gemstone industry.

This is why we are fans of Swarovski crystal. While quartz, like precious gemstones, is a non-renewable resource, it is also one of the most commonly found minerals in the Earth’s crust. And we were happy to see that some of the artisans creating the window suncatchers we show here use recycled Swarovski crystals.

1. Oval Shaped Swarovski Crystal Suncatcher by Serco Designs

Oval Shaped Swarovski Crystal Suncatcher

Serco Designs creates beautiful hanging window crystals in a variety of shapes. This oval-shaped suncatcher is large, over two inches, and hangs on a strand of aquamarine-colored light Azore crystals adorned with Swarovski crystal cubes.

Measurements:

  • Pendant: 1.5” wide
  • Hanging length with pendant: 13.5”

Price at the time of this post: $44.00

Buy on Etsy

2. Pendulum Aurora Borealis Crystal Suncatcher by Serco Designs

Pendulum Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystal Sun Catcher

This suncatcher utilizes “Aurora Borealis” Swarovski crystals. Named for the Northern Lights, these crystals are highly iridescent and known for their intense shimmer even in low lighting.

Measurements:

  • Pendant: 3” long
  • Hanging length with pendant: 14”

Price at the time of this post: $49.00

Buy on Etsy

Crystal Ball Sun Catchers

3. Large Swarovski Crystal Ball Rainbow Maker by Heartstrings by Morgan

Large Swarovski Crystal Ball Suncatcher

Heartstrings by Morgan creates beautiful crystal rainbow makers in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles. This large Swarovski crystal ball sun catcher is strung on a strand of small, clear Swarovski crystal beads.

Measurements:

  • The crystal ball comes in a variety of sizes, including 70mm, 60mm, 50mm, 40mm, 30mm, and 20mm. (Heartstrings by Morgan will create custom designs.)
  • Hanging length: approximately 12”

Prices at the time of this post: $27.00 – $65.00

Buy on Etsy

4. Crystal Ball Sun Catchers in Multiple Colors by Anna Crystal World
Blue Crystal Ball Sun Catcher

These crystal ball sun catchers come in red, yellow, green, blue, aquamarine, purple, pink, and clear.

Measurements:

  • Crystal ball: 1.2”
  • Hanging length: 14”

Price at the time of this post: $19.99

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

Angel Suncatchers

Angel suncatchers are a popular style, no doubt to bring that extra bit of positive energy into your home!

5. Angel Rainbow Maker by Lilli Heart Designs

Blue Guardian Angel Sun Catcher
Lilli Heart Designs makes beautiful suncatchers. You’ll have to visit their shop on Etsy to see the variety of their designs. Lilli Heart uses rare, vintage Swarovski crystals in their designs. This little angel has a halo with extra-sparkly Swarovski Aurora Borealis bi-cone crystal beads.

Measurements:

  • Angel: 4.5”
  • Hanging length: 7”

Price at the time of this post: $26.99

Buy on Etsy

6. Angel Suncatcher with Golden Halo by Heartstrings by Morgan

Angel Suncatch with Golden Halo

This sweet angel sun catcher comes with her own golden halo. She is made with Swarovski crystals and her halo is gold plated with rhinestones.

Measurements:

  • Angel: 2.25” tall
  • Length of Swarovski crystal beaded strands: 3”, 6”, or 9”
  • Hanging length: 8” – 12”

Price at the time of this post: $31.00

Buy on Etsy

7. Crystal Guardian Suncatcher by Bodhi Creations

Crystal Guardian Sun Catcher
Ten crystal octagons top off this crystal bell rainbow maker by Bodhi Creations. You’ll love the extra shimmer when the sunlight comes through your window.

Measurements:

  • Hanging length is approximately 21”

Price at the time of this post: $16.99

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

8. Chakra Crystal Guardian Angel by Woodstock Chimes

Rainbow Guardian Angel Suncatcher by Woodstock ChimesThis Guardian Angel rainbow maker reflects the seven colors of the rainbow and the seven chakras. In addition to making beautiful suncatchers, creator Woodstock Chimes is known for their wind chimes.

You can see this crystal angel doing her lightwork in this video:

Measurements:

  • Angel: 2”
  • Hanging length: 7.5”

Price at the time of this post: $29.75

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

Starburst Suncatchers

Sunburst suncatchers are another popular style, with exceptional rainbow-making power!

9. Purple, Blue, and Green Swarovski Crystal Starburst

Purple, Blue, and Green Swarovski Crystal Starburst

The color combination in this crystal cluster makes it a standout and the perfect adornment for your window. Heartstrings by Morgan also makes a sunburst cluster that has all seven colors of the rainbow, as well as other color combinations. Be sure to check out her store on Etsy to see more.

Measurements:

  • Hanging length: 9”

Price at the time of this post: $30.00

Buy on Etsy

10. Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystal Star Cluster by Lilli Heart Designs

Clear Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystal Star Cluster
This crystal starburst is guaranteed to throw out amazing rainbows when the sun shines through it. It hangs from a flexible, stainless steel soft wire.

Measurements:

  • Star: 2″
  • Hanging length: 7”

Price at the time of this post: $27.99

Buy on Etsy

11. Star Swarovski Crystal Prism with Rainbow Crystal Beads

Star Swarovski Crystal Prism with Rainbow Crystal BeadsThis shining star sun catcher is 100% genuine Swarovski crystals, and the star ornament is made of an Aurora Borealis crystal prisms.

Measurements:

  • Hanging length: 10”
  • Price at the time of this post: $23.77

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

Window Crystals in Special Shapes

Looking for a rainbow maker that’s a little different from the traditional suncatcher? Check these out!

12. Lotus Flower Suncatcher

Lotus Flower Suncatcher - Flame Colors
In Buddhism, the lotus flower symbolizes spiritual evolution, as the lotus is a beautiful flower that grows out of the mud. These lotus flower suncatchers are handmade and throw off beautiful rainbow flares. They are just a reminder that you are a spiritual being having a human experience! You are on a path of divine evolution.

Price at the time of this post: $20.99

Buy on Etsy

13. Heart Window Crystal

Purple Heart Window Crystal

This heart suncatcher is handmade using Swarovski crystals. Lilli Heart Designs also creates window crystal hearts in other colors, like brilliant red and cobalt blue. These heart shaped Swarovski crystals are rare and hard to find.

Price at the time of this post: $27.99

Buy on Etsy

14. Golden Pineapple Suncatcher

Pineapple Suncatcher
A symbol of generosity and hospitality, the pineapple makes the perfect adornment for your home and a perfect housewarming gift. This crystal pineapple suncatcher is make with a Swarovski crystal ball, and its leaves are a cluster of emerald-green Swarovski crystal octagons. See more colors and sizes in Hearts by Morgan’s Etsy store.

Measurements:

  • Hanging length: 9.5”

Price at the time of this post: $30.00
Buy on Etsy

15. Daisy Window Crystal by J’Leen


This sweet daisy suncatcher is handmade with shimmering Aurora Borealis Swarovski crystals. The daisy is small enough that you can also wear it as a necklace pendant. It comes with a few different colors in the center, as well as a rainbow version.

Measurements:

  • Daisy pendant measures: 1.2” x 1.2” x 0.5” deep

Price at the time of this post: $17.00

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

Rainbow Colors and Chakra Crystal Prisms

16. Swarovski Crystal Window Prism with Rainbow Beaded Strand

Swarovski Crystal Prism Pyramid Suncatcher
Many of the suncatchers highlighted above have rainbow colored versions. The seven colors of the rainbow correspond with your seven energy chakras, as well as the seven notes in the major scale. Given this, we think listening to music, dancing, and inviting more rainbows into your life is always a good idea! We particularly love this crystal prism suncatcher by Heartstrings by Morgan, which hangs from a long strand of Swarovski crystal beads in 36 different colors.

Measurements:

  • Pyramid crystal prism: 1.4” x 1.4” and 0.6” deep at the base
  • Hanging length: 9.5”

Price at the time of this post: $42.00

Buy on Etsy

17. Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker Suncatcher

And for those times when you just want to kick back and watch rainbows dance around your room (without having to get up to twirl your suncatcher), there is an “extra” solar-powered version by Kirkland Design.

You can see it in action in this video:

Price at the time of this post: $27.70

Buy Now on Amazon Button in Red 360w

May your day be filled with sunshine, rainbows, and positive energy!

Interested in more home décor? Visit UniGuide’s Home and Garden shopping section.

 

 

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email this to a friend.

© 2018 UNIGUIDE, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. UniGuide participates in a handful of affiliate programs. Please see my Disclosures for more details. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.