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Recycled art for green, local gifts

 

This Holiday season, in an effort to reduce your ecological footprint, consider buying gifts from local artists and craftspeople. You will find plenty of ingenious creations made from recycled materials in Christmas markets taking place across Quebec at this time of year.

 

In fact, Cascades will be attending the CyclArt Market on December 6. “The CyclArt Market is an initiative of Cyclo Nord-Sud, a not-for-profit organization that collects unused bicycles in the North and sends them to underprivileged communities in the South so they may be used as tools for development. […] The CyclArt Market is a unique event that brings together ingenious artists and artisans, bicycle-inspired artwork and locally produced crafts.” The event, featuring over 30 exhibitors, will take place at La Cenne, located at 7755 St-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal.

 

Vie_dangeFor the occasion, an employee of Norampac, a division of Cascades, has been commissioned to create objects inspired by bicycles. Julie Martel, a full-time graphic designer and creative spirit, is the founder of Vie d’Ange, a luminous eco-responsible collection. Her wonderfully original and inspiring creations are made from materials collected from industrial dumpsters, including those of Cascades. Stop by her booth on December 6 or visit her website and Facebook page to learn more!

 

There are thousands of artisans offering their wares—you just need to know where to look! You may be surprised by the talent found in every region. Many artists and craftspeople sell their products on Etsy or via their own websites. Also check out the “eco-entrepreneur who captured our hearts” blog feature for some great finds!

 

Merry gift-shopping!