London Design Festival my pick of the best eco homes products

oliver Environmental events, Furniture, General

Following on from my pick of the lighting at London Design Festival 2013, here is my favourites from the rest of the show, including classic furniture, innovative textiles and forward-thinking design services. HUSH by Freyja Sewell provides a personal retreat, a luxurious escape into a dark, natural space in the midst of a busy hotel, airport, office or library. HUSH …

Lighting Up London (Design Festival) – low energy eco lighting shines out

oliver General

Each year the London Design Festival showcases the best ingenious thinking and creativity from across the UK. Perhaps I am a little like a moth always being  drawn to brilliant lighting solutions. Lighting is a powerful tool, its one of the easiest, most cost effective ways to have real impact in the home affecting how you live, work,  rest and yes …

London Design Festival here i come …… my pick of 2013

oliver Environmental events, General

September sees the 10th year of the London Design Festival a citywide celebration of the capital as a global creative hub. With some 300 events taking place across the city over the next week, there is a head-spinning array of sights to take in, Design Junction, 100% Design , Tent London, and Decorex are just a few of the core venues that make up the Design Festival. Bold …

Cutting Energy Use – whose responsibility is it anyway?

oliver General, The Green Deal

As thoughts of another cold winter start to loom a new survey reveals that energy costs are high on the list when it comes to worries about household spending. But how does this desire for cheaper energy affect plans to provide greener sources of energy? A recent survey carried out by ComRes has suggested that people in the UK support …

Say goodbye fracking, hello eco home mini biodigester

oliver General, Recycling / upcycling, Technology/ Energy Saving

The ongoing protests against oil drilling in the West Sussex village of Balcombe have called many people to assess their view on fracking and its impact on local communities – with many concerned by the environmental impact plus the concerns about water contamination and potential earthquakes. The government meanwhile  seems gripped by an “obsession” with fracking and blind to the …

Is technology and social media impacting on our social lives at home?

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Technology/ Energy Saving

It seems that our domestic social lives have been making the headlines over the last few weeks with the impact of smart phones, tablets and mobile devices at the root of these changes – both good and bad, depending on your view point. Recent research by the National Literacy Trust shows having set mealtimes with the whole family will boost a child’s …

Plastic bag free day – for better, cleaner environment.

oliver Environmental events, General, Materials, Recycling / upcycling

Bag Free World are the organisers of the International plastic bag free day, a global initiative that aims to eliminate or radically reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in the world. There are some truly shocking statistics – in 2011 in the UK, 254 plastic bags were given out every second whilst around the world the average plastic bag …

Eco Kitchen Interiors set to become smart intelligent spaces

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving, Water saving

With kitchens being the one space in the home that uses the most resources on a daily basis, were seeing that eco kitchens are also set to become smart kitchens – learning and adapting user behaviour – minimising resource input to maximise output -might even bring a smile to the eco side of Grodon Ramsay ! But what are the …