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Hot Mat Newspaper Coiled Square

January 27th, 2008




These kitchen mats caught my eye at Baksheesh (located in Sonoma, Healdsburg, and St. Helena, CA). They are handmade by the Women's Multipurpose Cooperative in Baguio City, Philipines. Not only visually interesting, the mats are environmentally conscious because they are made of old newspapers. Their innovative process involves wrapping the paper into coils and forming them into spiraled square building blocks. The products are starched to make them hard and shiny and have been tested to stand up to heat and moisture.