Going; ORGANIC Living Is No Longer Just a Food Choice. with the Range of Products on the Market These Days You Can Furnish, Decorate and Accessorise Your Home Organically - without Compromising on Style. ANN EVANS Reports. AtHome
Byline: ANN EVANS
FURNISHING your home with old shirts and cardboard furniture may sound bizarre, but in today's eco-friendly climate it's the way to shop.
You can now buy stylish products and furnishings and still do your bit for the environment.
Not only are specialist "green" home shops and companies blossoming, but the high street is also getting in on the act.
Stores such as Habitat sell organic cotton towels, B&Q and The Pier have furniture made from sustainable wood and other chains are selling green and Fairtrade ranges.
Oliver Heath, former presenter on TV's Changing Rooms, says eco-chic enthusiasts are leading a style revolution.
"People are waking up to the fact that not only are there a great variety of environmentally-friendly products for interiors out there but many are good looking and highly desirable," he says.
"Eco-friendly products are dumping their dull, ugly, worthy image so there is no need to compromise your sense of style just because you want a green home."
Heath has founded Eco Centric, an online retail company which is full of design-led and affordable green goodies for the home, from fluffy bamboo towels to pure wool throws.
In fact, there is very little which doesn't have an organic alternative - furniture and beds made from reclaimed and recycled materials, bedding, to welling, clothing, cosmetics and toiletries, household cleaning items, even building and decorating products.
So, during National Organic Fortnight, which begins today, why not choose some ethical home ware, which will make your friends green with envy?
SAVING THE PLANET IN STYLE... A bamboo-encased TV or home PC monitor (above) from Playengine, a Hoop coffee table with a bamboo surface (top right), from PLI Design, cushions made out of recycled shirts and ties (bottom right) and (facing page) Tord Boont jeglasses, both from Ego Centric.
CARDBOARD furniture sounds as if it's just for kids, but think again:
PEDLARS online/mail-order company has a delightfully quirky black-and-red chintz-patterned chair made from recycled cardboard for --29.99. www.pedlars.co.uk
AN eco-friendly cardboard baby crib is made from recyclable heavy-duty cardboard with a funky print. Suitable for newborn to three-month-old babies. Available from Mothercare at --27.99.
SAVE THE WOOD
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