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Recycle Policy

Lamp Shade Pro Recycles
Jim and His Beloved Gracie

Lamp Shade Pro has 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 that policy to this day. That is why 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. We also recycle reusable cardboard boxes and packing materials that we receive and then repack them for outbound shipping.

When my brother-in-law Carlo first visited our business back in 1990, he asked about the pallets of rolled printed papers in our warehouse. I told him they were recycled paper that had been used to transfer print upholstery fabric and we were now using them for packing material, He said "Jimmie that's the way to do business." I will always remember that important moment when Carlo validated what I was doing.

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 remember my older brother Dickie jumping into his car to chase down a litter bug who threw a beer can out his window on his way past 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. Dickie had also spent time with dad picking up trash along our road just as I did. I imagine that my dad and his dad also collected trash from the road side ditches and that's the way my dad got it and then passed it down.

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 in my later years, I can see these things more clearly. I see it especially in my grand kids in their love of the beautiful outdoors, wildlife and nature.

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

I would love to hear your comments, feedback and experiences. Contact me at  jimbo@lampshadepro.com

- Jim Hoyle

Lamp Shade Pro Recycles

How To Change The World:

  • Be an example.
  • Keep reusable bags/boxes in your car and carry wherever you shop.
  • Communities are banning plastic bags but don't wait.
  • Stop buying individual plastic water bottles.
  • Buy water in large containers and pour into reusable ones.
  • Install an under sink water filter and get clean water for pennies.
  • Use a faucet mount water filter and get water for under nickel a gallon.
  • Use a pitcher water filter and get clean water immediately.
  • Pick up trash when you walk.
  • Invite sanitation professionals to speak in your schools.
  • Why you must act today - World's biggest garbage dump is our ocean
  • Educate, share this article and encourage intelligent discussions.

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FEEDBACK:

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,
Kate