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
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
Permaculture is all about living harmoniously with our natural environment. Centred on growing food that is native and beneficial to the local area, permaculture also includes everything from sustainable building and renewable energy, to entertainment and waste management. Self-sufficiency Living a strict permaculture lifestyle would mean achieving total self-sufficiency, but there is plenty about the permaculture way of living that everyone can take something from. … Continue reading What is Permaculture?
Most gardens follow a similar design, with a few shrubs around the edges and a large area of cut grass set between them. A permaculture garden makes much more of your outdoor space, allowing you to grow food and provide habitats for wildlife right on your doorstep! You can do this alone or as part of a group, like the Transition Towns that are cropping … Continue reading Grow a Permaculture Garden
You’ve probably come across the term ‘transition towns’, but even as the term becomes more and more common, lots of us still don’t really know what the whole transition thing is about. What is a transition town? Transition towns expand upon Permaculture, a sustainable way of living which combines a sense of community with a greater environmental conscience. Transition towns are made of things such … Continue reading What are Transition Towns?
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself with nothing to do on a regular basis and want to give yourself a reason to get up and go at the weekend, why not try volunteering? There are lots of good reasons to give it a go, and plenty of good causes looking for help. Check out our social media manager Ben’s blog on volunteering to get you … Continue reading Get Involved in Conservation Volunteering
The joy of cooking is only increased by fuelling your foodie adventures with eco-friendly biomass, combining the feel-good factor of food with the conscience-clearing goodness of biomass fuel. For the most part, refuelling your range cooker with its green pellets isn’t a problem, but what happens when lifting 10 kg bags of biomass becomes too much? Automatic feeder systems use a vacuum to take the … Continue reading Can I get a Range Cooker and Boiler with an Automatic Feeder?
We think pictures are worth a thousand words, and pictures combined with words are worth even more! Check out this limewash recipe the next time you’re mixing a batch of limewash to remind yourself of what you’ll need. Want more information? Read our guides to Painting with Limewash and Building with Lime. Continue reading Limewash Recipe Infographic
Tiny houses are suddenly all the rage. In the USA, where everything from cars to hamburgers is supersized, the houses have started growing in the opposite direction. Reacting to the extravagances we all know and love America for, a growing number of Americans are throwing in the towel on huge square-footage and choosing instead to live in wheeled sheds in the garden. As a tiny … Continue reading Build a Tiny House in the Garden
Before your little ones have even picked up their overalls, your top priority will be their safety. Children and decorating can mix perfectly to create some beautiful work and wonderful memories too, but it can be dangerous if it isn’t done safely. We’ll give you some top decorating safety tips throughout this guide to make the experience as carefree as can be! Use Safe Paints … Continue reading Decorating with Children