Save money & scale away limescale

Eco limescale removers save money, energy & earth

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.

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Ethical customised decor for festivals, parties & kid’s rooms

eco-bunting is stylish and customised

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.

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Feng shui frogs for health and wealth

feng shui frog with gold coins

Recently I’ve been exploring the practical applications of feng shui around my home and home office so this blog explores the feng shui frog. Which leads to the obvious question – how can a frog affect wealth or health?

That feng (wind) shui (water) works with the natural flow of chi to tap into nature’s hidden forces thus enhancing our lives is fairly straightforward, but placing a frog in the corner of a room to improve my bank balance – is this real? Yes, it is.

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Bamboo tips for a greener kitchen

Bamboo provides long-lasting kitchen style

Durable, recyclable and sustainable, bamboo is the material of the future. If you want style yet care about the earth, then bamboo is for you and your kitchen.

You can walk on it, wipe it, sit on it, sleep on it or under it, eat off it, chop on it, close it and wear it – bamboo floors, bamboo tiles, bamboo chopping blocks, blinds, tables, chairs and even bamboo bedding, silks and fabrics  – not to mention many items of kitchen wizardry and utensils. In fact there’s very little you can’t use bamboo for.

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How to get free eco fuel for fires & stoves

Paper log maker transforms waste into fuel

Most of us love a good fire and while the fashion for woodburning stoves continues, so does our thirst for things to burn. So how can we stay environmentally aware and satiate our appetite for bright hot flames while not spending money, or at least very little money?

Recycling and reusing old bits of wood is an obvious first point of call, but for many of us, access to greater quantities of wood would be a bonus. So where can we find it?

Wooden pallets

Most supermarkets have vast stacks of wooden pallets that are used as part of their daily delivery systems. And these pallets have to go somewhere. It’s not unusual for one or to go missing, but many supermarkets have cottoned on to the fact that end users want them as burning fuel.

Contact your local store manager and see if there is any way you can arrange to take some pallets off their hands. You may need to hire a van, but the overall cost saving will be tremendous.

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Olive oil lamps for safe, atmospheric lighting

olive oil lamps are easy to make & safe to burn

Olive oil lamps have been in use for centuries. Primarily the oil was a necessary burning fuel but now these lamps are in demand because olive oil is a petroleum free, sustainable lighting fuel.

As a practical form of interior lighting, olive oil lamps look good, are easy to buy or make. And, unlike petroleum fueled oil lamps, if they spill or get knocked over, the oil just goes rather than spreading the fire. Which is why they were popular on boats and Noah’s ark!

Olive oil is eco oil

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Ecotypic bed is for green lovers everywhere

a bed, a hi-fi, a garden? The Ecotypic bed is unique

Arthur Xin, the award-winning designer who brought us the raddish solarlamps that could bring warmth and light to any back yard, has surpassed himself with the Ecotypic bed.

The Ecotypic bed is not just a comfy place to sleep – it is a super sleeping structure that has a built-in music device, a LED powered light system, so you can read while your partner snoozes, and a simple mechanism that transforms all your physical activity (tossing, turning, love-making) into kinetic energy.

And it powers a flower bed, so not only do you get a good night’s sleep, you wake up to foliage sprouting from the canopy.

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