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Simple safety tips that won't compromise your business

We want things to look the best they possibly can - but there is nothing more important in an office than safety. Thankfully, a few simple safety tips can be followed that won't compromise office interior design. Check out these simple tips and know that your office can be safe AND stylish.

Terrariums: Hello Tiny World

Buying a ready-made terrarium is all very well ...but you're not really invested in it are you. And it'll cost you way over what it would cost to make your own. And it may well not come with the right instructions so its lifespan won't be what it should...which should be Methuselah-esque.

FIX: Make do and mend it!

In Finland, just about every eight year old child can mend a hole in their socks. 'Finland has a great legacy of fixing and repairing', says  Sara Martinsen, co-curator of FIX. 'It’s part of our cultural heritage and leads back to our history, especially to the post-war times of the 1920s and '50s when there was lack of everything.' She says the skills to fix and repair garments, houses and furniture have been passed down through the generations and the fact that woodwork and handicrafts are still part of our primary school curriculum helps keep these skills alive.

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.

Ideas to make rented flats more personal

Usually there are limitations on how much you can modify a rented place without jeopardising your deposit at the end of your tenancy. Unless you've obtained permission from your landlord, any alterations you undertake must be temporary and not result in any damage to the property. 

However, Nick Woodward of property company Essential Living has some easy and affordable ways to make a rented flat/house feel like home - without risking your deposit. 

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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.

Top five ways to make your home stand out – and sell super fast

When you sell your home, it follows that you would want it to stand out from the competition - after all, standing out from the crowd is essential in attracting potential buyers and securing a quick sale! In today's competitive real estate market, it's important to make your property memorable and appealing. But how can you do it? Here are the top five ways you can make your home stand out and increase its chances of being sold swiftly. 

1. Enhance its curb appeal

Anti: designer lighting from waste material

Anti is a waste design business led by British designer maker Mark Howells. 'We use objects that end up in landfill as building blocks for beautiful product design,' he explains.

One billion umbrellas are broken, lost, discarded worldwide each year. The nylon canopies may take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade. Umbrellas are designed NOT to last, with an average lifespan of six months. Umbrellas create 240,000 tons of metal waste per year. That’s the equivalent amount of metal to build four Sydney Harbour Bridges.

Affordable luxuries: eco-friendly candles

scented candles are big business. Choose candles that contain no paraffin wax and if they have palm wax choose brands that guarantee sustainable palm

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