Menorahs Go Green

Published December 05, 2007, issue of December 07, 2007.
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We don’t want to put a damper on the holiday spirit, but most people are appropriately concerned about the size of their ecological footprint these days. Here are three earth-friendly menorahs that are sure to brighten up Jewish homes this Hanukkah.

Several eco-friendly menorahs, made from recycled and natural materials, are available this year.
Several eco-friendly menorahs, made from recycled and natural materials, are available this year.

Created by British sculptor Richard Miller, the Moving Lights Menorah features a base made of Vermont green slate, with nine movable stone candleholders. Objects handmade of stone and slate are considered earth-friendly, because the natural materials require little processing and minimal energy to manufacture. The Pennsylvania-based artist lives in the state’s Slate Belt. ($85; 877-326-2781,

Recycled olive oil cans, copper nails, mahogany, wooden beads and brass fittings are put to good use by Jenna Goldberg in her innovative mixed-media menorah). An artist and furniture maker, Goldberg scours antique stores, junk shops and auction houses for many of the materials she uses in her work. The types of cans used on this limited-edition piece will vary. ($600; 877-223-4600,

Josh Korwin and Alyssa Zukas repurposed PVC pipe to create their handmade “Femenorah.” The piping — which, though put to earth-friendly use, is not exactly the most elegant of materials — is dressed up with authentic Swarovski crystals, which the artists attached to a sparkling effect. ($124; 917-213-5538,

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