Month: August 2013

If you want to become more environmentally and ethically sound in everything you do, there are lots of great things that you can do.

Should you be looking for a few ideas, check these out:

1) Start recycling

If you don’t already recycle, now’s the time to start! You can easily get started with recycling by contacting your local authority to find out if there are any regular recycling bin collections in your area. If this is the case, you’ll most likely be able to recycle cardboard, paper, metal, glass and garden waste.

2) Make your transport green

Whether you choose to start riding your bike to work, or you go all-in for an electric car, there are lots of ways you can make your transport greener. Not only will this mean that you’re saving the planet, but it’s likely to save you quite a lot of money as well!

3) Go for rattan

Rattan furniture might seem like a slightly odd choice for your furnishings, especially since most people think it must be bad if it’s using natural resources, but it’s actually a very ethical product. Because rattan is a vine that grows between existing trees, it actually helps to sustain forests that could otherwise be set for deforestation. Also, rattan is grown and harvested by farmers who, without this job, would be out of work.

4) Think about your clothing choices

As you’ll be aware, the recent collapse of the clothing factory in Bangladesh highlighted the fact that many of the clothes we enjoy wearing in the West have been created by sweatshop workers. These people work in terrible conditions, so our clothes aren’t always exactly ethical.

5) Grow your own food

If you really want to do your bit for the environment and be as ethically sound as possible, you should definitely have a go at growing your own food. You can grow fruits and vegetables without much experience – you don’t need to be an expert gardener! There’s nothing better than the taste of home-grown food either, and the kids are sure to love helping out!

Can you think of any other great ways that you can become more ethically and environmentally sound?

 

Conservatories are pretty commonplace in modern homes nowadays, but if you don’t have one, you might have considered having one built after the amazing summer sunshine we’ve experienced as of late.

If you’re between two minds over whether or not to install one though, here are a few reasons why you need one, which should help you to seal the deal:

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1) They’re perfect for entertaining

So, you invite some friends over and lead them into your perfectly decorated and furnished conservatory, where cups of tea and biscuits are ready and waiting. Or, you might have your games console set up in there, ready for an Xbox marathon. You might even have your dining room in your conservatory, which would certainly look great.

Whatever you decide to do with your conservatory, you can guarantee that it’ll come in handy when it comes to entertaining, and it’ll mean you can invest in some stylish conservatory furniture. 2  

2) They make great sun-traps

Let’s face it, the UK summer isn’t usually this spectacular. With a conservatory though, you can maximise the sunshine and ensure you get to enjoy some rays without having to visit the beach. After all, conservatories are essentially greenhouses for humans!

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3) Summer is always better with a conservatory

Open the windows, lounge on the sofa and enjoy the combination of heat and a cool breeze as you set to on getting completely relaxed. You can always rely on your conservatory to make sure your summer is fantastic. 4  

4) And they make winter pretty cool too

Conservatories don’t just come into their own in the summer – they also make the winter pretty cool too! (Pun very much intended.)

In the winter, you can snuggle on the couch and watch a bit of TV or just gaze out onto the wintery landscape. There’s nothing better than being toasty warm while watching the snow falling outside!

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5) They can increase the value of your home

Did you know that a conservatory could add up to £30,000 onto the value of your home? Whether you’re looking to sell your property in the future or you just want to make your investment worth more, a conservatory could definitely be the way to go.

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6) You can have a second living room

Or a dining room, children’s playroom, office, home gym – the list is pretty much endless. You can use your conservatory however you like but, no matter what you decide to do, you’re sure to find the additional space very useful!

Do you think you’ll be getting a conservatory anytime soon?

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