Green ways you can adapt your home
Green Living is becoming more crucial and considered by many, more than ever before. How you live in your property and how much energy you consume is nowadays one aspect, but there are other measures which can be addressed of which are compliant in being green and ethical for the good of the environment.
Overall, there are choices which can be made such as what household items can be bought, and what materials you can choose to use in the construction of your property. In detail, here are a few of the top materials and consumables which are worth investing in for your property.
- Sting Plus Upholstery made from stinging nettles. There are lots of points to make about this fabric. But the main one is that it does everything a synthetic fabric can achieve (meeting fire ratings, “rub tests”, resistance to fading and so on) while being made out of nettles and old wool, the two things you’ll be almost guaranteed to find in a British field, together with barbed wire.
- Hemcrete Concrete. Hemcrete is a walling material that can be sprayed or cast like concrete, but it’s made from lime and hemp. It performs both as an insulant and as a thermal-mass and it locks up carbon as it grows. The average hemp house can stow away about 20 tonnes of CO2 into its walls this way, about 40 kilogrammes for every square metre of wall in comparison with a traditional brick, block and cavity wall which is responsible for the production of about 100kg for every square metre.
- Heatsaver Shades Blinds. Heatsaver is an American firm that make insulated window blinds from the multilayer thin insulation sold for roofspaces which looks like the covering of a Nasa spaceship. Heatsaver uses a less complex structure in its product, which has the appearance of interlined cream linen Roman blinds and the thermal performance of several inches of plastic foam. Their secret, however, lies in a specially designed channel on the wall, in which the blind slides, forming an effective seal.
- Tirex Recycled Rubber Flooring. We throw away 486,000 tonnes of tyres every year in Britain. Tirex carpet tiles are recycled — with a minimum of processing — by slicing old tyres and rubber machinery belts into long French fries and then bonding them together side-on. The durable fabric webbing that is inside the tyre wall is exposed as the top surface of the carpet and the resulting texture is a revelation.
These are just a few measures which can be taken to good effect to help home owners live in a more ethical and compliant way. These are all homewares which can be added to good effect. In making these buying choices, you are not only doing some good for the environment straight off but you are also, in most cases, ensuring materials are preserved for time to come, not wasted.