The Garden Show and Spring Festival 2014 in Beirut, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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For many in Lebanon, good quality, stylish outdoor furniture is a desire but not a possibility.The high prices of often-imported patio sets and weatherproofed couches are what drove Nadine Eid to look for an alternative and begin building her own furniture from used cargo pallets.Beyrouthy, who also hosts green-living program "Eco" on MTV, led a workshop at the garden show Tuesday night at which he introduced the crowd to the possibilities of using unconventional materials such as plastic bottles, coconut shells and tires to make planters.To this end, last month Beyrouthy and his students took part in a fair focused on using recycled materials to make new artistic or functional objects.With a stall at the garden fair in Beirut's Hippodrome is Boutique and Cafe, a Bikfaya company specializing in repurposed and restored furniture – or furniture made to look repurposed and restored.
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