The next time you pick up something for your home, why not make sure it's environmentally friendly as well as aesthetically appealing?
The Hot List: Our favourite eco-friendly finds
The next time you buy something new for your home, why not opt for an environmentally sound alternative? Here are some of our favourite eco-friendly finds
Grohe's Power & Soul showers are now available in several naturally inspired colours, including Cloudy Limestone, Fired Clay, Sheer Marble, Misty Slate, Natural Sandstone and Frosted Granite. "One-Click-Showering" technology allows users to change the spray pressure using a button on the back of the showerhead. The shower also features integrated EcoJoy technology, which reduces water consumption without compromising on comfort.
Power & Soul, price on request, Grohe distributors nationwide, www.grohe.com
Interior 360 offers a range of furniture made from abaca, a natural fibre native to the Philippines. This sustainable material is locally made and presents employment opportunities to the people of the Philippines, creating jobs for those that might otherwise have to leave the country in search of work. This Paisley Chair combines abaca with leather and stainless steel, giving the eco-friendly material a contemporary twist.
Paisley Chair, Dh6,850, Interior 360, Al Quoz, Dubai
These colourful Frangipani cups are available from The Change Initiative. They are supplied by Nkuku, a UK-based company that markets itself as socially responsible, and follows the principles of fair trade and equal opportunity. The cups are a perfect accompaniment to your picnic basket, and also make for vibrant pen pots, toothbrush holders and miniature vases.
Frangipani cups, Dh35 each, The Change Initiative, Barsha, Dubai
The Urban Yogi has a new range of sustainable furniture and home accessories, which are crafted out of natural materials such as wood, clay and pebbles. We love the Crop Collection by Dhoop, a stool and bench set handcrafted out of pieces of vertically cut, vacuum-treated bamboo. The seat is moulded to ensure maximum comfort.
Crop bench, Dh2,550, The Urban Yogi, Mercato Mall, Dubai and www.theurbanyogi.me
Paper it right
Swedish company Eco Wallpaper aims to be sustainable at every stage of the production process, from raw materials to finished product. The company sources all its paper from one of the world's most environment-friendly forestry operations, avoids PVC and other harmful solvents and uses only water-based inks. Energy and water efficiency are also key considerations during the manufacturing process. D. Tales is currently offering a 20 per cent discount on Eco Wallpaper's Eco Happy range.
Eco Happy, price on request, D. Tales, Dubai International Financial Centre
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