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Recycle Policy

Do It - Teach It Do It - Teach It
                    Live It - Teach It                                                 Jim with his beloved Gracie

Lamp Shade Pro has exclusively used recycled materials for packing and shipping the lighting that we manufacture since the very first day of our business back in May 1975 and we continue today. We also recycle reusable cardboard boxes and packing materials that we receive and then repack them for outbound shipping. You will find all kinds of different clean soft packing materials in the lighting products that we make. The new boxes that we use are made locally in Hickory NC from sustainable forests.

From a small cotton farm in Lincoln county North Carolina, I vividly remember as a child helping my dad clean out the side ditches along the dirt road that passed through our farm. We used the tractor and trailer going up and down both sides of the road for nearly a quarter mile collecting bottles, cans and all sorts of trash thrown out of passing cars. It was a nasty, time consuming job that I will never forget and we always did it together. I learned early on the importance of keeping our country beautiful and clean and the price we paid to pick up after others.

I also remember my older brother jumping into his car to chase down a litter bug who threw a beer can out his window on his way through our farm. The news of this confrontation traveled through our little community and I do believe it actually helped to reduce the trash along our road. Obviously my brother had also spent some time with dad picking up trash along our road when he was younger just as I did.

My father Swain Hoyle instilled in all of us a deep abiding love of our land and for all land. We cared for our farm by stopping erosion, building a pond and terraces, sewing vegetation and other practices to preserve what we had. My mother Juandetta passed along to us an ancestral native American affinity for the earth. I understood in my mind and heart that the land carried on long after we were all gone and that we were merely temporary caretakers.

Now approaching age 70, I can see these things more clearly. I see it especially in my grand kids young and old in their love of the outdoors, wildlife and nature. I can imagine that my dad and my grand father also used to go up and down the road collecting the trash from the side ditches and that's the way my dad got it and then passed it along to me.

Please help preserve our beautiful earth so that our children can continue to enjoy it.

Live it  and teach it.

I challenge you to be the change that you desire.
1) Use metal or sturdy reuseable drinking containers and stop buying individual plastic water bottles.
2) Buy drinking water in the largest containers possible then pour into a durable reusable personal container.
3) Install a high quality charcoal filter and get your clean fresh water for just pennies right in your own home.
4) Get out and pick up some trash, carry a trash bag when you walk, teach someone else while you're at it.
5) Carry reusable shopping bags in your car. Stop using plastic.
6) A big motivator: World's biggest garbage dump - plastic in the Ocean
7) Educate by sharing this article and having intelligent discussions whenever and wherever possible.

I would love to hear your comments and your experiences about caring for our earth. You can contact me at  jimbo@lampshadepro.com

- Jim Hoyle



Dear Mr. Hoyle,
I have been looking for custom made in USA lampshades for a pair of vintage lamps and came across your web site.
I wanted to let you know that I am choosing your company over others because I appreciate so much your policy on recycling and statements about plastic and trash and water.
Thank you for sharing your story and doing your part! I’m happy to support a business like yours that cares about these issues and makes a point of talking about them.
Best regards,