Features

How to achieve an eco-friendly kitchen

Eco-friendly kitchens use recycled and recyclable materials. Wood products should be FSC-certified, while ease of dis-assemby is important in the design of kitchen units and cabinets. Kuche built the ktchen for the first certified Passivhaus in the UK and they used Durat for countertops, a solid surface material from Finland that is 100 per cent recyclable. Puustelli Miinus is an eco Finnish brand to consider.

Kuche built the kitchen for Underhill, the UK's first accredited Passivhaus, designed by architect Seymour Smith and featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs Live. The kitchen has a 10m run of units with a recyclable Durat worktop. Core design criteria were for all materials to be recyclable, for all wood products to be FSC-certified and for the kitchen cabinets to be designed for easy dis-assembly.

Beautiful gift-wrapping the eco way with Arona Khan

We're urged to avoid becoming hoarders on the grounds that madness lies that way. But the good thing about not throwing out all the stuff that wraps the stuff we buy or receive is that IF we're organized, one plastic carrier bag should be enough to store over the year the off-cuts we'll need when we commit to saving money by becoming an eco-gift wrapper.

And once you get the eco-wrapping bug, you'll snort with derision at the idea of anyone paying £2 for a single sheet of Father Christmas paper.

LZF Lights - the most eco on the market?

Eco friendly wood veneer lights from Valencia based LZF. The company uses FSC-certified woods and energy saving light sources such as LEDs.

Fire retardant chemicals: health hazard or a life saver?

FR chemicals used in furniture are dangerous to health; UK furniture fire regulations haven't changed since 1988 and campaigners want the match test changed.

Eco-friendly paints - what it means and who makes them

what is meant by eco friendly paint? did you know acrylic paints contain plastic? choose paints from brands that use no plastics or noxious chemicals if you don't want your walls to off-gas, impairing air quality in your home

Wide plank wooden flooring

Wood from sustainable sources, ideally FSC or PEFC certified, is a good flooring material for eco-friendly homeowners.  Wide planks can be sourced at Element7, Siberian Floors, The Natural Wood Floor Company and Ecora.

Christmas - keep it eco, keep it simple!

Enjoy an eco friendly Christmas by using LED lights, not overbuying food and using a recyclable tree whether it's a real potted spruce or an artificial one. Think about minimising your landfill waste.

To buy or not to buy leather? Is it eco friendly? A tough decision...

Is there eco friendly leather? Is leather good or bad from an environmental perspective? Many of us think because leather is a natural product, it must be good. But tanning leather has always been a dirty business and in many parts of the world it remains so.

Eco friendly wall coverings

According to the British Coatings Federation wallpaper sales are continuing to grow, as they have been for the past few years. Well, lockdown did present many of us with time to get to grips with some of the more difficult DIY tasks ..such as learning to hang wallpaper. 

Pages