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billboard shower curtain

by Nicola Freegard
Recycled
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  • the story

On the Road to Recycling

Advertise your love for eco-friendly products with a unique and colorful shower curtain made of recycled billboards.

Due to the recycled nature of this product, no two are alike. The shower curtain is made from two different billboards and sewn together. Silver grommet rings. Hooks not included. Handmade in Tucson, Arizona by Iraqi and Afghani refugees.

Statement from designer Nicola Freegard:

"The billboard industry turned to the practice of producing billboards from PVC vinyl about 8 years ago, and the U.S. average number of billboards produced last year totaled 600,000. Each billboard is usually used for an advertising campaign for as little as 3 months and then either stored for many years in facilities or placed in landfills.

Our decision to do this project was to educate the public about what billboards were made from and how to think of ways to reuse items in a new and different way."

This item has been discontinued. When it sells out, it will no longer be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • details
Recycled
Item ID
16847
Made from
vinyl
Measurements
76" L x 76" W
Notes
Wipe down with detergent and water.
  • the maker

Nicola Freegard

Born in London, England in 1961 Nicola studied briefly at the London College of Fashion in London, and then began working in various areas of the music industry and book illustration. She moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to work in film and music production. It was this industry that sparked her interest in environmental design and recycling, after seeing the amount of waste that was created through film production at the time.

In 1990 she left Hollywood, CA and traveled around the US for 2 years pondering on what to do with this information and how she could apply it to her ideals and beliefs. She finally settled in Tucson, Arizona to set up her first eco-company. where she began creating soft home goods from eco textiles for boutique hotels and home decor from fabrics she sourced in places such as Nepal, India and Tibet and China.

For 10 years Nicola supplied soft goods to companies such as Ralph Lauren and boutique hotels and restaurants around the country. It was during this time she met with the co-founders of Vy&Elle, Jeff and Robin Janson who ran a growing recycled furniture company and architectural salvage company in Appleton, Wisconsin. Their company URBAN EVOLUTIONS, was an ideal extension to her own work, and they worked side by side for 7 years on home textile projects before launching VY&ELLE, which at the time was an off the wall idea about how to create something useful for everyday purpose from industrial waste.

The first products were launched in 2002 at the New York International Gift Fair, and were received with heartwarming response. Since then, the company has become a viable and challenging business that Nicola runs from the Vy&Elle studios based in downtown Tucson, Arizona, where she lives with her husband and child.

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BILLBOARD SHOWER CURTAIN
 
3.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Easy to clean (4)
  • Easy to install (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)

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2.0

Will return item

By 

from San Diego, CA

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

    Comments about BILLBOARD SHOWER CURTAIN:

    With no say-so on the images used, you are really at the whim of the vendor.

    It is a gamble.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    billboard shower curtain does the job

    By 

    from Golden, CO

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Clean
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about BILLBOARD SHOWER CURTAIN:

        Our hemp shower curtain was giving us problems with mildew, alas. In searching for a good option in the recycled plastic realm, we settled on the recycled billboard shower curtain. We were a little trepedatious about the colors and design, but the one we received is workable. It does the job and it's better than new plastic!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        Comment on this review

         
        3.0

        Eco Friendly but maybe a little too rigi

        By 

        from London, England

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Clean
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Rigid
        • Stiff

        Best Uses

        • In Shower

        Comments about BILLBOARD SHOWER CURTAIN:

        Easy to install but has a tendency to come off curtain rings when opened.

        RIgid folds in the shower curtain leave very little room inside the tub to bend .
        A one of a kind but find a better use for such heavy material, it doesn't lend itself too well to being a shower curtain.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        4.0

        Green Shower Power!

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        from Houston, TX

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Clean
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about BILLBOARD SHOWER CURTAIN:

            Great shower curtain...thick, great colors, love it in my kids' bathroom!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Made my bathroom cooler...

            By 

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy To Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about BILLBOARD SHOWER CURTAIN:

                So excited to receive it, it looks great in my bathroom...

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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