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Ten Things

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Hello hello!  This week has been a bit up and down.  There were a lot of positives – from beautiful sunshine, and time spent with friends, to me finally being able to carve out one day a week to devote to this here space of mine.  Up until now (so for 4.5 years), I’ve squeezed blogging into the corners of my life – evenings, odd bits of weekends, commutes and nap times.  Although one day a week doesn’t sound like much, to me it feels huge.  Then there were the obvious negatives, from Manchester to Mosul, which are all just completely heartbreaking.

Here’s some interesting things I’ve read this week, that you might like too:

1. The Manchester Evening News are crowdfunding to help support the families of those killed or injured during Monday’s tragic events.  Here’s how you can help out.

2. Whilst I do talk to my eldest daughter about some current affairs, rightly or wrongly I try and shield her from actually watching the news as much as possible.  She’s only five after all.  Yet sometimes we find the news comes on and she does catch bits of it, and has questions.  Here’s a useful article on how to talk to children about distressing news stories.

3.  A Chinese company is offering to re-train coal miners to become wind farmers.

4.  Related: solar power generation breaks UK records.  Do you think people are finally realising that fossil fuels aren’t the future?

5.  The very best reason for closing a shop.

6.  Oh, I do love falafel.  These spicy cauliflower ones with beetroot dip are on my list of things to try (and vegan friendly too).

7.  Zara and H&M back in store recycling to help tackle our throwaway culture, but is it enough?

8.  Could you live plastic free?  One family tried and I found their account fascinating.

9.  Are we running out of sand, of all things?

10.  Fascinating!  Are you descended from witches?

 

Finally, three things from the Moral Fibres archives you might have missed:

1.  Looking for eco-friendly sunscreen?  Right this way, my friend.  I keep this post updated because I know people find it useful.

2. How to get a job in the environmental sector.  I know I’m an old fogey but I’ve been working for 12 years in the environmental sector now, and have learned a lot along the way, and have a lot to say (as always)!

3.  Make your own beeswax wraps.  I still love mine.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend if you’re lucky enough get Monday off!

Wendy.x

ps: I’ve loved all of the thoughtful comments on this post.  Thanks so much for your input!

eco friendly flooring

Eco Friendly Flooring

eco friendly flooring

Today I have a sponsored guest post for you from Luxury Flooring about eco friendly flooring choices for your home.

Over the last decade or so we think it’s fair to say that people have become a lot more aware of the dramatic changes to our world, as a population we have started to notice the damaging effects that our actions can have on our wonderful planet. Now, you’re probably one for recycling, hey you might even have solar panels or an eco-friendly car, but have you considered how environmentally friendly the floors around your house are? Probably not, and that’s okay! A lot of people don’t realise that when it comes to flooring, there are a few environmentally friendly options to choose from.

One of the main questions that we get asked is “How do I know if my flooring is eco-friendly?”

Well, it’s quite simple; all you have to do when buying flooring is look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) symbol on the packaging. If a company has been issued with a FSC certificate it also means that everyone they’ve worked with in the manufacturing process of the flooring has one too, so that means the farmer, the manufacturer and the seller have all followed forest management plans in order to make the flooring sustainable.

So what do we consider to be the most eco-friendly flooring material?

Bamboo

You may think bamboo is only good for pandas, but bamboo flooring has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last couple of years as an alternative to hardwood floors. There are a number of reasons why bamboo flooring is so environmentally friendly. Firstly, bamboo is actually a type of grass and not a tree, it is native to China and is manufactured right where it grows. On top of this it also has self-regenerating properties which means it does not need replanting once it has been harvested.

Another environmentally friendly fact about bamboo is that it is fully grown/reaches maturity within five years, which in hindsight is a lot quicker and more sustainable than trees as they can take decades to reach full maturity. When it comes to harvesting bamboo, this tends to be done by hand which significantly helps to reduce the carbon footprint!

Natural Stone

The clue is in the name! Stones such as limestone, slate or travertine are exactly what they say on the tin ‘NATURAL’.  Now, a lot of people would say that stones such as the ones we have listed above are not environmentally friendly due to the fact that they have to be quarried.  However if you look at the long-term factors such as them being in almost unlimited supply and being very durable, this means that stone is less likely to be damaged and therefore need replacing.  Thus making them a much greener product overall than materials such as vinyl or laminate, which are all manufactured using excessive chemicals.

Natural stones are incredibly beautiful products and can transform your home with their stunningly elegant qualities, as well as being a fantastic investment.  Although you may feel like you’re really splashing out, their incredibly long lasting lifespan means that the cost will be covered over the years that the floor lasts.

What about real wood floors?

Here at Luxury Flooring we know the devastating effects that deforestation can have on our planet, which is why we work closely with our manufacturers to make sure that all of the products we sell are made from sustainable materials and are farmed legally.  The good thing about wood is that it is a naturally renewable material and we have a policy with our manufacturers that ensure for every tree that is felled, another tree is planted in its place. As well as this we also make sure that all of our manufacturers abide by the FSC standards that were mentioned previously.