This week M is all about eco-friendly, green products.
M Is All About: going green
Rule your roost
Roost Living is one of our go-to websites for quirky homeware that you just can't find at your average commercial shop. The brand boasts 10 designers who come up with innovative pieces for those of us who want to inject some fun into our space. We loved that this lampshade gave our room a beautiful antique touch; the fact that it was made from vintage rulers from around the world (collected by the designer Rory Dobner) only made us love it more. A perfect solution if you're looking to spice up your home while keeping up with the eco movement.
From Dh1,915, www.roostliving.com
Light in a jar
Solar energy is by far the new, trendy way to keep your home "green". Furniture shops are full to the brim with all sorts of solar-driven gadgets, but this Sun Jar from Harvest Home stands out among them simply because of the lovely glow it casts when it's lit up (as opposed to the usual unflattering neon white versions). Just keep it by your windowsill during the day to store energy, which then powers the LED light after dark.
Dh144, Harvest Home, Jumeirah Centre, 04 342 0225
For health and well-being, forget the medicine cabinet and stock the fridge instead. Health experts and nutritionists credit organic produce for fewer illnesses and radiant, younger-looking skin. Look younger by eating and drinking? "Hooray!" we hear you cry. As for us, we're happily slurping the delicious organic drinks from New Age Beverages. Antioxidant-infused and low in calories, they come in a range of refreshing flavours. Our morning coffee has become a drink of the past.
Prices range from Dh6 to Dh17. Available in supermarkets, cafes and other food outlets throughout the UAE
It's all in the bag
Who says you can't be an eco-friendly domestic goddess? This adorable gift bag from The Laundress contains biodegradable and allergen-free specialty fabric care and accessories. Ideal for clothing, home and travel, it makes going green really the new chic.
The Laundress New York, Dh400, Bloomingdale's, Dubai Mall, 04 350 5333
Sack it to me
It's 2011 - why are we still using paper and plastic bags? This faux vintage rucksack, made using a fair-trade coffee burlap bag, is your chance to make a world of difference. Or, even better, splurge a little and buy some of its friends. The innovative brand Lost Property of London has proudly taken abandoned fabrics and lovingly recycled them into stylish yet practical accessories. Choose from eco-friendly and handcrafted beach baskets, travel hold-alls, clutches and cosmetic bags. Perfect for those with a discerning eye - and an eco-conscience.
Rivington Eco Rucksack, Dh1080, Symphony, Dubai Mall, 04 330 8050, www.symphony.ae
Sow your thoughts
You don't have to have a green thumb to grow flowers. Record your thoughts in these little notebooks made with plantable seed paper covers. When the pages are filled, plant the cover in your garden and watch wildflowers bloom. We think this is one of the best things ever - two purposes in one, we love it!
Dh56, available at www.thegreenecostore.com