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Salvage and reclamation - it's a woman's world

Using salvaged and reclaimed products is an inherently eco friendly way of doing up a house because you're using what's already there, even if it does have to be sanded, polished or painted. Choose reclaimed bricks for construction projects, while reclaimed baths, radiators, lighting and garden furniture are all readily available. Check out Retrouvius, Lassco, Masco, Skinflint Design and Trainspotters - the latter two do reclaimed lighting.

 

Review: Lupe Pure cordless vacuum cleaner

I've been trialling the Lupe cordless cleaner for two months and I will say that our flat has never had such uncrumby, unmuddy, undusty floors. It is a very good machine. But that should go without saying given its cost.

Beds for blissful nights - organic, natural, eco-friendly

Unless you have small children for decades on end, the odds are that you will spend around a third of your life in bed. Which means it is well worth thinking about the healthiness and eco-friendliness of something you'll be spending so much time on and in.

When around eight hours of your day is spent in bodily contact with a surface, you want to know that surface isn't awash with chemicals that may well off-gas for some considerable period and cause skin irritations.

Woven Image - using recycled plastic to transform interiors

Sharing an office but long for a bit of privacy? Living in a flat with noisy people above you? Perhaps your children are sharing a bedroom and want to mark out clearly which is THEIR side of the room? Or maybe you're living or working in a place that's full of hard surfaces and the acoustics leave a lot to be desired? These are all situations, says Woven Image's Kate Ingram, where EchoPanel can help, whether you use it in panel, screen, peel-n-stick tile or ultra thin Mura 'wallpaper' form.

Eco-friendly wedding presents for green-at-heart couples

Eco friendy gifts are becoming a popular request from couples getting married or entering into civil partnerships. Choose from plants, trees, or beautiful items that will last such as glassware or ceramics.

Try your hand at building a cob studio

If you hanker after a garden shed or outside room with a difference, why not consider building your own this summer - the lockdown isn't going to be a thing of the past for a fair ol' while yet? The ancient building technique known as cob is, according to Kate Edwards of Norfolk-based Edwards Cob Building, so easy that anyone can learn to do it. In four days. That's how long the Edwards' training courses are. Which to those of us who are not practical won't sound anywhere near long enough. 

Upcycled, recycled: Madeleine Boulesteix chandeliers

Madeleine Boulesteix teacup chandeliers are made from old and secondhand kitchenware..glasses, teacups. She's been upcycling all her life and applies her artistic talent to making beautiful lighting from waste material.

Top 4 solutions to make your home more green 

For most of us, it's a mixture of self-interest and altruism that's driving us to make eco-friendly choices in how we live. Perhaps we want to upgrade our homes to reduce our monthly utility bills, or eat less red meat to be healthier... whatever the reason it's hard to conclude that carrying on as if climate change isn't happening is a good move. But you don't have to be an eco warrior to be eco friendly, just start with a few small steps, includin these four top solutions: 

1. Insulate to reduce heat loss

Is your home well insulated?

poorly insulated houses lose heat and cost you money. They're also bad for the environment because they generate emissions

Pop a cork: in praise of cork's versatility

Cork is one of the most eco friendly, renewable materials on the market. It's the bark of the cork tree, and the bark is stripped once every 10 years, ensuring the trees are protected. For flooring, Granorte and Wicanders have innovative new cork floorings.

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