Archive for the ‘Eco products’ Category

Ten ways to Do-It-Yourself without it costing the earth

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Flemmich

Earthborn paint

Spring is DIY season. Along with the call of the cuckoo (sadly not as common as it once was), the air is full of the sounds of revving power tools and the swish of paint brushes as DIY enthusiasts leap into action to fix all the annoying things in their homes that have been bugging them all winter. There’s a green way and a not-so-green way of doing DIY, so here are some tips to make sure your home improvement doesn’t cost the earth.

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How vintage bicycles inspired a cork product made by men with big axes

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Flemmich

Cork grips

When ex-Dyson designer Gavin Christman was repairing vintage bicycles, he wanted to replicate the original sustainable materials for the handlebars, instead of using plastic and rubber. Which is how cork grips for modern bikes were born…

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How to get your solar fairy lights working again after a long, grey winter

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Nigel

solar-fairy-lights-big

It’s been a long grey winter, and the solar fairy lights that sparkled in your garden in the run up to Christmas, may be struggling to put out any light now. Chances are, without enough bright days to keep them topped up, the internal batteries have run flat. Here’s how to fix them.

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Three ways to save the planet (and not get annoyed)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by Nigel

Ambiente

I’ve just come back from Ambiente, a huge homewares, lifestyle and gifts trade show in Frankfurt to make sure Nigel’s Eco Store has some of the newest, best-designed, and greenest products available. Well, that was the plan…

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The Plumen: How a light bulb moment led to a brand new light bulb design

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Flemmich

Plumen lightbulb

Designer Nicolas Roope made his name inventing giant novelty handsets you plug into your mobile phone. But worried about the state of the planet, he decided to design something more substantial, something that would help people reduce their impact on the environment. The Plumen light bulb was born.

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Everything you wanted to know about draught-proofing (but were afraid to ask)

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Flemmich

energy saving house

Draughts are bad news. They let in cold air and allow warm air to escape; warm air that you have, no doubt, spent a fair sum on heating. You might as well scatter a load of £5 notes outside your front door if you’re letting it escape through cracks, letterboxes, keyholes, ill-fitting windows etc.

The good news is that preventing draughts is one of the simplest, most cost-effective and…

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How his Grandma’s yoghurt pot led Max McMurdo to a love of Fat Birds

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Flemmich

When he was a student, the now designer, upcycler and TV presenter Max McMurdo was inspired by his family’s thriftiness to invent a use for old cooking oil. Instead of pouring it down the sink (and blocking it up), he came up with our best-named product: the Fat Bird…

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How to fit Radflek radiator reflectors

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Flemmich

Together with Brighton & Hove 10:10 we’ve put together a series of handy how-to-install videos, here’s the first one: how to install the amazing energy saving Radflek radiator reflectors.

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Fill your house for free: Max McMurdo’s top 3 Christmas upcycling ideas

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Max McMurdo

Max McMurdo

Upcycling design expert and regular on Channel 4’s Fill Your House for Free, Max McMurdo, shares his design ideas for the festive season

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The Wattson story: How to save energy, and look good doing it!

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Flemmich

Early Wattson prototype

The Wattson Energy Monitor is one of the most stylish energy monitors you can buy. Yet, as co-designer Richard Woods admits, it nearly disappeared from the market, overwhelmed by cheap foreign imports and the recession. Luckily for interiors everywhere, the product survived — along with its high-end design values…

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The kettle that can save enough energy to power all the street lights in the UK

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Flemmich

Eco Kettle creator Peter Ingledew

The Eco Kettle lets us boil the exact amount of water we need — and if we all had one we’d reduce the country’s energy use by a mind-boggling amount. But despite the Eco Kettle’s obvious advantages over traditional models, it nearly didn’t make it to market at all…

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How a broken leg helped create a successful mushroom kit business

Monday, October 21st, 2013 by Flemmich

Grow your own mushrooms

Richard Mansfield-Clark makes our grow-your-own mushroom kits. But that certainly wasn’t the career path he’d imagined for himself while he was renting out high-pressure jets to clean the QE2.

It’s curious how life can turn on the vagaries of chance. Take Richard Mansfield-Clark. If he hadn’t broken his leg while farming, he wouldn’t have got a job…

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How to enter the Dragons’ Den, survive to tell the tale, and make a fortune anyway

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Flemmich

Radiator Booster inventor

It’s a lesson that most inventors learn early in their career: if someone says no, find someone else who will say yes. That’s exactly what David Haydon did after Dragons’ Den. The result? The radiator booster, an ingenious gadget that helps improve the efficiency of your existing radiators, making your home warmer and cosier during those cold winter months.

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From cardboard box to efficient energy saver: the evolution of a radiator reflector

Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Flemmich

Michael Watson Radflek

Most of us waste a lot of heat from our radiators through the wall they are attached to, which means higher energy bills and colder homes. Thankfully, there is a simple solution: radiator reflectors reflect almost all the heat back into the room, and are easy-to-install. Over a cup of tea, Radflek’s Michael Watson explains how they came up with the idea and why they are effective…

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10 ways to furnish your home for free (and have fun doing it)

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Cat Fletcher

Cat Fletcher

We throw out a lot of stuff every year — 10 million items of furniture alone in the UK — but often it’s still perfectly usable. Guest blogger, Cat Fletcher from online re-use community Freegle, explains the benefits of re-use, upcycling and sharing, and offers her top 10 tips on how to make the most of what other people don’t want….

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