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With the increasing trend for all things eco-friendly, it’s important for the environment and our purse-strings that we’re considering all options when furnishing our homes. Laura Cohen, Interior Specialist, shares her knowledge on how to create fabulous furnishing, whilst remaining eco-friendly.

“Becoming eco-friendly has been a bug-bear of mine for the past couple of years. I’m a complete interior fiend and always changing my décor but with the rising cost of living I’ve also been looking at ways to reduce my bills, become more eco-friendly and reduce my carbon footprint. So, I thought I would share my findings.”

SIX: RECYCLE: Some of the greatest interior finds are pre-loved and come from junk shops/house clearance sales and cost next to nothing. Whilst you would be lucky to find an original Monet or a Charles Eames chair, you can find original sixties pieces that make great statement pieces. Because the furniture is second-hand, it’s a great way to buy in to original furniture and reduce the waste going in to landfills.

FIVE: INSULATE: Fitting carpet into any room will instantly make a room warmer. However, new carpet with a suitable underlay will insulate a room too, so the warmth lingers in the room, which means you can turn the radiators down which will save on fuel. A great value-for-money, long-term investment.

FOUR: ONLINE: A must for every shopaholic. Shopping online is far more pleasurable than driving in to the city, it’s so much more relaxed. All floorcoverings can be purchased from Order samples on line (which will arrive the next day) and once you’ve chosen your product, purchase online with free delivery. It can take less than a week from logging online to having a new carpet. Perfect.

THREE: BUY LOCAL: Try and source everything locally from carrots to carpets. If you’re supporting your local farmer or local high street you’re instantly reducing the amount of mileage your product has to travel. You’re saving on carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and pollutants. supports the local community, enter your postcode and you’ll be directed to your local high-street flooring retailer.

TWO: NATURAL: Choose natural materials wherever possible. There are lots of interior brands that only use natural fibres. Try and look for natural fibres that haven’t been chemically treated and are kind to the environment. Natural carpets, in particular sisal is more hardwearing than other natural fibres and can be used in any area of your home. Coir is another great fibre that is made from the husk of coconut, and underfoot gives you that tropical beach feel.

ONE: INFORMED: Keep ahead of eco-friendly game, stay informed and get knowledgeable.

“Becoming greener and more eco-friendly is an evolving subject and we’re learning
things all the time. Keep informed, by reading about new issues and learning new


From October 6th, Laura Cohen will write a monthly column on

For further information, images and interviews with Laura Cohen:

Zoe Hallam
Brown Dog Creative
01664 823920

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