When my girls were young, I had them make a mold of their hands and feet in the sand and then poured Plaster of Paris into the opening to create a keepsake. It’s one of those quick, easy crafts you can find on mom blogs, and in crafting books. It aligned well with my love of memory keeping. Making the mold in the sand gave the finished product a nice texture. I hung the castings on my wall where they stayed for many years. Sadly, the hanger on the back of one of them broke and it fell to the ground breaking into pieces. I took the other one down because it felt strange to leave only one child’s prints on my wall.
The made in Maine product in this post reminds me of those castings. Zeitgeist Factory makes a line of housewares made from concrete. I love the uniqueness of their products. They are simple and industrial. I think they would make a great contrast to the items with which they are paired such as a colorful handcrafted soap on their soap dish. Or, maybe some wildflowers spilling from their vases.
My understanding is that concrete is not always the most environmentally friendly of products mainly because of the sheer scale of the industry. So, I did some further research and a couple of things swayed me on this locally made product.
The description of the product line, from the Maine Made, Winter 2016 Product Guide, states:
“These one of a kind goods are produced utilizing eco-friendly materials such as concrete, recycled marble dust, rubber, cork & stainless steel. Most of our products are fabricated with locally sourced recycled content”.
Zeitgeist incorporates recycled granite dust into their cement products. This granite dust is a waste product of the granite counter top industry so utilizing it in new products helps to keep it out of the waste stream.
As soon as I saw their products, I was in love with their business card holder. The description of this product from their website, reads…
CONCRETE BUSINESS CARD HOLDER: GRAY OR WHITE
The Zeitgeist Factory Card Holder is handcrafted from our proprietary blend of cement and recycled stone dust which is a by product of the countertop industry. It is designed to hold cards vertically or horizontally. Each concrete peg fits snugly to the business card holder via silicone o-rings.
Now I have the perfect place to store my business cards. I don’t actually have any yet, but it is on my to-do list. For a long time, I’ve been wanting to get some basic business cards with all my social media and blog information, so when people ask about my blog I’d be able to hand them something concrete (pun intended). Now that I own the holder, I have a great excuse to move ordering business cards higher up on my priority list.
In addition to the Zeitgeist Factory line of concrete housewares, they have a sister company, Culinarium which makes a line of cement kitchen products. Both companies are under the umbrella of Port Living Co. which also does private label products. Zeitgeist Factory has a perfect five-star rating on their Etsy Shop.
Have you ever seen a cement product that was unique or creative?
|things to know|
|Company Name||Zeitgeist Factory|
|Favorite ♥||Creative use of concrete.|