English Ivy. Image copyright linuxlibrarian (Flickr)

Scented candles, Formaldehyde, Paint and Plants

A informative article recently on the BBC’s “Trust me I’m a Doctor” investigated air quality in six similar modern homes in the UK. They were particularly interested in what happens to the fragrances we use to in our homes, to freshen or clean rooms, when they are released into the air inside our homes. According to the programme, although the ingredients in scented candles, plug … Continue reading Scented candles, Formaldehyde, Paint and Plants

EcoFan: the Ideal gift for the Environmentalist in your Life

This Christmas calls for practicality, and what’s more practical than lower energy consumption? The EcoFan is a brilliant piece of kit. Just place the fan on top of your gas or wood-burning stove, and as it heats up it’ll begin to spin. You’ll notice there aren’t cables hanging around, and that’s because the fan uses no more energy than it takes from the stove’s heat. … Continue reading EcoFan: the Ideal gift for the Environmentalist in your Life

How Natural Insulation benefits the Environment

Homeowners today are regularly told to enhance their homes using common insulating materials. However, these materials can work against us and our homes despite the benefits they offer in certain situations. Aside from the health risks related to these products, they also pose all sorts of issues especially where older buildings are concerned. Houses built earlier than 1919 were more often than not constructed with … Continue reading How Natural Insulation benefits the Environment

Choose Natural Insulation, for Sustainability’s sake

Recently, we’ve seen a bit of an increase in the appreciation of everything natural, local, sustainable, and good quality. Things like wool, which the UK – and Wales in particular – has for a long time been known for. For a while, big brands using poorer quality ingredients have dominated, but now it seems that goodness, rather than cheapness, is what we truly care about. … Continue reading Choose Natural Insulation, for Sustainability’s sake

Shabby Chic Painting Class

Tatanne Bazaar and Celtic Sustainables are teaming up to offer a beginners furniture painting workshop on Saturday 19th September from 10 am til “done”, for 4 to 10 participants. In the workshop you will learn how to get the real aged, distressed look, brush stroke techniques, dry brushing and ageing etc and also stencilling if we have the time. It will be held at Celtic … Continue reading Shabby Chic Painting Class

Silicate Masonry Paint a great option for stone houses.

Eco Exterior Decorating with Silicate Masonry Paint

With autumn on its way now is the time to get your outdoor decorating done before the colder, wetter weather arrives. For many homeowners here in Wales, the age of their home is a major consideration. Old buildings need certain materials. At Celtic Sustainables we know what will work best for your home. About a third of Welsh houses were built before 1919, when sold … Continue reading Eco Exterior Decorating with Silicate Masonry Paint

The Century of Damp Old Houses

The 20th century wasn’t a very good time for the old houses here in Wales. With time, many people forgot the traditional building and maintenance skills that gave us our old homes and helped them last so long. Concrete, acrylic paints, wall insulation, and damp proofing materials have their uses, but older houses need the old skills and materials that made them work to begin … Continue reading The Century of Damp Old Houses

How to keep your wooden kitchen worktops black stain free

Wooden worksurfaces in the kitchen look and feel wonderful as well as being a great sustainable solution (if sourced from FSC certified wood). Many people are put off wooden worktops because of stories of black stains appearing around the sink, or the idea of having to reapply an oil every 6 months, or surfaces ruined because of hot pans being placed directly on the wood. … Continue reading How to keep your wooden kitchen worktops black stain free

How to Find a colour for your Old Home

Picking a colour to paint your home can be very difficult, but a closer look can be all it takes to get the answer you’re looking for. Old houses are often spotted with remnants of the old colours they were once decorated with. These spots are usually ignored as a kind of discolouration and simply painted over. However, they can hold the clues to the … Continue reading How to Find a colour for your Old Home

VW Motorhome on Poppit Sands beach copyright Poppit Campers Ltd

The best insulation for camper van conversions

Do you sometimes dream of getting away from it all? For many the idea of packing a few essential things into a camper van, hitting the open road and seeing the world is a fantasy, however more and more people are making that dream come true by reconditioning old campers or converting  commercial vehicles for festivals, short-breaks and holidays. We caught up with a local … Continue reading The best insulation for camper van conversions