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windowsill-herb-gardenMy mantra is that you don’t have to have a garden to grow your own – anybody can have a go!

All you need is a hanging basket filled with tumbling tomatoes, a windowbox of salad leaves or some pots of mini vegetables outside the back door to enjoy a little self sufficiency.

You can sprout seeds in your kitchen, grow peppers in pots on a large sunny windowsill or grow small pots of herbs on your dining room table.

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How to Choose An Environmentally Friendly Floor
Wed, 23/05/18 – 16:27 | No Comment

cat lying on environmentally friendly flooring

It is often difficult to decipher whether something is environmentally friendly before you buy it, and this may put you off getting what you really want.

This is why Luxury Flooring & Furnishings are here to help – buying flooring is one of the most confusing times for the environmentally conscious consumer, so below are some things to look out for as you consider your options.

What To Look For

As solid and engineered wood flooring both use wood, it may appear that manufacturing them is bad for the environment. Although some deforestation may take place for both, engineered wood is a lot better as only the surface layer of these floors is solid wood, and the sub-layers are plywood. Look out for a thinner wear layer on these floors, as the wear layer is the solid wood part.

It is also important to look out for floors that are PEFC or FSC certified, which means the wood comes from certified forests or is reclaimed. Reclaimed wood is also a great alternative if you are concerned about deforestation – this wood has been used in the past and will be thrown out if not reclaimed, so why not put it to good use?

In addition, existing wood floors can be sanded and re-finished to look good as new instead of being replaced altogether. You should note some ‘wood’ floors are actually bamboo, a type of grass, which re-grows incredibly fast (3-5 feet every year) and is therefore sustainable.

What To Avoid

Although LVT seems like a more eco-friendly option since it doesn’t use wood like its popular alternatives, it is in fact made of PVC which is terrible for the planet in its production. It can however be sent to many manufacturers for recycling, using schemes that are increasing popularity.

If you have your heart set on LVT, consider one from a brand that uses recycled materials to make it. In terms of cleaning, it is important to avoid harmful chemicals for both the environment and your personal health. In fact, many spillages can simply be blotted to be cleaned up, or mopped away with a damp cloth and nothing else. If you leave spillages so long that they become stains, you are more likely to require a harmful chemical to get rid of it. Look for a smoother finish on a floor for an easier and greener cleaning experience.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Many people follow the above and totally forget to consider the distribution of their flooring. It is better to purchase flooring manufactured in and shipped from your own country, and if possible, a location closer to your home. Try shopping locally – many flooring retailers have a price match promise so you won’t need to worry about this being more expensive.

Is there anything we have missed? What are your tips for choosing environmentally friendly flooring?

4 ways working from home helps reduce emissions
Fri, 26/01/18 – 12:09 | Comments Off on 4 ways working from home helps reduce emissions
4 ways working from home helps reduce emissions

In 1914, Henry Ford implemented the now-industry standard 40-hour work week in his Ford factory plants. Where before workers were averaging 50, 60 and sometimes even 70-hour weeks, the new standard helped curb prolonged work …

Seventh Generation natural cleaning products available in the UK
Sun, 19/11/17 – 11:58 | Comments Off on Seventh Generation natural cleaning products available in the UK
Seventh Generation natural cleaning products available in the UK

Seventh Generation have been a brand on my radar for a number of years.
And I don’t mind admitting a certain amount of envy about our friends across the pond being able to access their fantastic …

Purepotions natural skincare creams and salves for eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin
Fri, 25/08/17 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Purepotions natural skincare creams and salves for eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin
Purepotions natural skincare creams and salves for eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin

I have to admit, I’m not like most mainstream people when it comes to skincare.
While during my teens I sprayed body sprays and perfumes every few hours to ‘top up’ the smell, I’m now very …

Want a Solar powered Motion security light? We’ve found just the thing!
Wed, 3/05/17 – 19:01 | Comments Off on Want a Solar powered Motion security light? We’ve found just the thing!
Want a Solar powered Motion security light? We’ve found just the thing!

Solar powered Motion security light 1000 lumens
When choosing a solar powered security light, the main problem is choice.
There are too many products on the market all promising great deals and performance.

5 ways to repel mosquitoes – naturally!
Tue, 2/05/17 – 9:38 | Comments Off on 5 ways to repel mosquitoes – naturally!
5 ways to repel mosquitoes – naturally!

Recently I was asked by a reader to suggest ways to protect herself from getting bitten.
Every year she gets feasted on by mosquitoes and she was dreading this summer.
Here’s five things you can try:

The growing importance of Wind Power in the UK
Wed, 8/03/17 – 20:19 | Comments Off on The growing importance of Wind Power in the UK
The growing importance of Wind Power in the UK

For hundreds of years, we have made use of wind power. A common image that comes to mind is the classic Dutch windmill in Holland.
Nowadays, wind power is becoming more important, widely used and with …

A healthier choice for your daily tea and biscuits! Introducing EFT and nutritional coaching
Fri, 3/03/17 – 9:45 | Comments Off on A healthier choice for your daily tea and biscuits! Introducing EFT and nutritional coaching
A healthier choice for your daily tea and biscuits! Introducing EFT and nutritional coaching

What is it about tea and biscuits we love? Is it the comfort we receive in that moment of relaxation? The ritual of dunking your biscuit? Is it the social necessary when meeting with friends …

Five day protein diet
Tue, 28/02/17 – 13:59 | Comments Off on Five day protein diet
Five day protein diet

My belief is that you are what you eat.
But that there is no one diet that is right for everybody.

How much do you have to invest to go green?
Tue, 28/02/17 – 9:11 | Comments Off on How much do you have to invest to go green?
How much do you have to invest to go green?

While my passion is combining frugality with sustainable living, it doesn’t mean I don’t have a wishlist of ‘one day’ investment that would flex the plastic somewhat!
On the blog I talk about eating well on …

Four ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day whilst loving the earth!
Mon, 6/02/17 – 8:37 | Comments Off on Four ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day whilst loving the earth!
Four ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day whilst loving the earth!

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful celebration of love, but it might not be so great for the earth.
When you consider all those red roses flown in from across the world and covered in pesticides, cheap …