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10 fabulous eco-friendly pieces to brighten up your home:

10 fabulous eco-friendly pieces to brighten up your home:

Aspects of ecologically sound design include the use of renewable materials instead of plastics, and reusing items that would otherwise be thrown away as part of the 600,000 tonnes of rubbish Brits dispose of every year. Emissions during transportation can easily be minimised: flat pack furniture is a good way of doing this as it takes up relatively little space, which means fewer trips are needed. Emissions during manufacture can also be reduced and eliminate much of the pollution from dyes, paints, glues and chemical treatments that characterises mass-manufacture of furniture. But all is not lost, and with London Design Week just around the corner, British eco-designers are gearing up to inspire, excite and hopefully convince the sceptics that green homeware really can be chic. From Ross McBride's coat stand to Giles Miller's wardrobe; it's clear that eco furniture has t...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/10389...

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