Cat Condo

Play equipment for cats

In many areas of life we try to preserve space. This is sometimes easier for organizing or storing items, but can be hard for kids and pets. With cats, at least, there are the so called “cat trees” and “cat condos”, which provide areas for rest and observation, and take up little room in your house. As convenient as they are, many cat condos seem to be over-priced, which is odd considering most are made from cardboard. Using empty containers and other scrap materials, you can make your own, whether you make it short and comfy or a massive ceiling… read more

The Revival of Sisal

Naturally sustainable sisal

There is a revival of the use of sisal. Sisal is extracted from the fleshy leaves of the Agave Cactus plant and has a wide variety of uses these days. It yields a stiff, durable fibre used for a range of products, most notably rope and industrial fibres. Back in the 1970s, global production was booming with Kenya and Tanzania accounting for over 30 percent of the total produce and China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Mozambique also taking part in its production. In 2006, however, production decreased  dramatically. This was due to the the fact that sisal initially caused… read more

Eco-Friendly Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is like a miracle material. It has endless advantages and is highly renewable. It is actually from the grass family, not a wood, as commonly perceived. It is a perennial evergreen and giant bamboos are the largest of the grasses. Bamboos are some of the quickest growing plants in the world so it makes it quite a resourceful product indeed! It can be used for building materials as well as a food source and many other products. Bamboo matures in three to five years. When compared to other soft-woods, which take ten to twenty years to mature, bamboo is… read more

A Greener Bathroom

Renovating a bathroom to be greener

If you are building, renovating or just looking to ‘green-ify’ your bathroom, there are many things, great and small, you can do to better serve the environment: Replace – nearly a third of the water consumed in homes is used to flush toilets. Renovating is a perfect time to install a water-saving toilet. Install – low-flow, or water-saving bathroom faucets, taps and shower heads produce an adequate flow but use 60 percent less water by combining the water with air pressure. Replace Water Heater – look for a high Energy Factor as this is the measure of the water heaters’… read more

Modern eco chair

Butter seat

Australian designers, Nicholas Karlovasitis & Sarah Gibson, have created a 100% recycled chair that itself is 100% recyclable! The Butter Seat is derived almost entirely from post consumer recycled milk containers. The product comes in both upholstered and non-upholstered versions. The non-upholstered version is suitable for indoor and outdoor use as it is UV stable and waterproof. The Butter Seat can be transported as a flat piece to reduce its environmental impact during distribution. The robustness of the chair ensures product longevity and DesignByThem offers a product stewardship program where it takes back products to be repaired, reused or recycled…. read more