At WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) last month, I came across some fabulous recycled homeware products that I want to share. Made from recycled paper, these place mats are strong, durable and stylish.
Naturally I asked whether they were heat-resistant and strong enough to withstand straight-from-the-oven casserole dishes, or hot plates.
All over the world, people sleep, snooze, read and laze in hammocks. And they are the ideal adornment to a home or garden, capturing the essence of travel – warm evenings and balmy nights, or gazing out to sea while swinging in hammock under a tree.
During trips to South East Asia, Malaysia and Mexico, hammocks have played invaluable roles in my life. I love their cozy comfort and the way they wrap around my body, so I can snuggle deep or lounge and read a book.
however, returning to the UK with a tan and a hammock presents its own dilemma. Where do we hang it and how? It needs to be high enough to sit in without bums touching the floor, yet low enough to climb into. The ends far enough apart that it is supported and tied with the kind of knots only a sailor knows. Is the garden tree strong enough? Will the nail in the brick wall take the strain etc…
Eco-girl was lucky enough to interview Caroline Lucas MP recently.
As Britain’s first Green MP with the backing of the UK’s first Green-led city council in Brighton & Hove, Caroline Lucas is a happy lady. She talks freely about taking local action, the Brighton Peace & Environment Centre and her love of Brighton’s art scene.
Information leads to action
Caroline believes that change needed for sustainability stems from taking action, not just taking a political stand point. And action begins with information and education. “Information is the first step to change things,” Caroline says, adding that most global issues can usually be connected to the actions we take every day. Yet it’s not always easy to see the end results.
Limescale is the result of excess minerals such as calcium and magnesium in water and can turn sparkly new kitchens very old, very quickly.
The excess minerals turn water ‘hard’ and leaves limescale around taps, in bits in kettles and leaves a builds up around the heating elements of dishwashers, washing machines, coffee makers and heaters.
It prevents toilets from flushing properly and forms a dark rim around the water edge of the bowl. If left untreated, limescale harms water pipes and household appliances, forcing appliances to work harder and pushing up energy bills.
I was at a party the other day and noticed that the celebratory banners were cloth, not plastic, but they were still personalised. Cute red and white squares were sewn on to spell out the name. It was a lovely touch and I thought it good that someone had made time to do that.
But it turned out she was a very busy working mum, who also wished she had the time to do that.
Whether you’re kitting out your child’s bedroom with colourful name flags or dressing the house, gazebo or garden in celebratory banners and balloons or handing out party bags – you can do it with eco-chic. Some clever individuals have created all our celebratory needs using recycled fabrics and fair trade goodies.