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Tall Bamboo Leaf Room Divider

Tall Bamboo Leaf Room Divider

Are you looking for a bamboo room divider for your Japanese themed room? There are many different styles, also known as shoji screens, that boast a strong and durable bamboo construction. Shoji screens feature a nice balance of two different types of hand woven panels that will add a rich texture to any home space. These kinds of room dividers are put together with lacquered brass two way hinges so that you can bend the panels in either direction, depending on the needs of the room. The design of the panels allow the screen to stand upright freely while completely straight, not bent.

Eco-Minded Green Home Insurance

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If you’re a homeowner, but also are concerned about this giant ball of rock we orbit the sun on, you may well have looked into green home insurance before now – after all, it’s a great way of not only looking after your home but also looking after the planet on which we live. On the other hand, you might not even know it exists (Green home insurance is still somewhat of a niche product, despite the best efforts of both insurance companies and the ecologically aware. So, what can you do to try and make your home insurance a little greener? A couple of different things, as it happens; and this post will attempt to explain them below:

Conventional Green Home Cover

Many ‘mainstream’ home insurers offer green incentives nowadays: Whether that is making your home more energy efficient (By better insulating your loft and walls, perhaps, or installing solar panels to lessen the load on those coal-powered power stations). These same companies may offer discounts or bonuses to homeowners who install green appliances and items after an insured event.

There are green home insurance companies who say that they can also offer better home insurance to the home-owning eco-warrior as they are less likely to claim. For example, an eco-friendly person is less likely to smoke, which reduces the chances of a house fire greatly.

Carbon Neutral Insurance
Carbon (Or climate) neutral cover is a little more of a niche product, offered as it by only a handful of insurers currently. What this type of cover allows you to do is offset your home’s emissions (Around six tonnes per year). This allows your insurer to use the extra income to offer financial stimulus to green projects such as restoring forests, developing renewable energy and the like.

You should always remember however, that green insurance can be more expensive than its less eco-aware cousin – in fact it is likely to cost more. Carbon neutral schemes, for example, rely on you paying extra to offset your home’s emissions, and may use more expensive materials and services when performing repairs to your property in order to maintain their carbon neutral status. However, this extra cost can be nullified by extra green incentives added to the policy as previously mentioned, which will not only make your home more eco-friendly, but also save you money on heating and electricity bills.

Also to be considered is the amount of cover offered: A cheaper policy will almost always offer lower levels of cover than a more expensive one – look out for things like personal items cover and high value item cover – protecting items you might take out of the home and expensive items (such as computers) respectively. It is also worth making your home more secure, if possible: fitting Yale locks, an alarm system and double glazing are all good starts to saving money and also keeping undesirables out of your eco-friendly pile.

IKEA Recall Of Glass Mugs

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and IKEA recently announced the voluntary recall of RUND clear glass mugs. Due to variations in glass thickness, the mug may break when in use. IKEA received one report of a laceration injury caused by the mug that required medical attention. An additional 11 reports have been received outside of the U.S.

IKEA asks customers who have the mug to immediately stop using it and bring it back to any IKEA store for a full refund.

Article and supplier numbers included in the recall are:
Mug: 4cl; article number: 301-551-37; supplier number: 16790
Mug: 21cl; article number: 301-496-79; supplier number: 16790
Mug: 40cl; article number: 501-496-78; supplier number: 16790

Eco Friendly Black Storage Cube

Eco Friendly Black Storage Cube

IF you are looking for a sleek and modern storage solution, this eco friendly Storage cube is the ideal solution for all of your home storage needs. These storage cubes can hold anything from toys, DVDs or books.

The cube can be used as a light, portable extra seat, or it could be just one of many, a first building block for your own customized furniture and storage system. Best of all its made from sustainable recycled materials.

Winter House

It’s cold out there, and it’s expensive to keep the house heat on full blast all winter. Here are some tips to help you stay warm in your home during the winter months, and during winter storms. You can even use these ideas to keep warm when the power goes out.

WINDOWS
Make sure to close all of your windows properly. This includes making sure storm windows are installed and closed in place if you have them. Windows should be securely latched. You may want to purchase removable window-caulk or plastic to better seal them. At the very least, stuff a rolled up towel in front of any cold air leaks. Use plastic clear shower curtains over the windows that receive sun light. This will keep the cold air out, and the warmth from the sun will heat your house without that cold winter air coming in.

DOORS
Check around the door frame and also under the door for cold air drafts. You may want to pick up some inexpensive weather stripping or a door sweep. At the very least, stuff a rolled up towel at the bottom of the door.

ROOMS
Primarily use and stay in the smaller rooms in your home. Close off any un-used rooms. The closed door makes that room another barrier between you and winter outside. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss. Check that all heat registers are adjusted open, especially where plumbing pipes might freeze. Unblock cold air returns in heated rooms so heat can circulate efficiently.

CLOTHING
Wear a warm winter hat in the home. A large percentage of body heat loss occurs in your head, so make sure to keep your head covered. A big comfy sweater can also keep you warm. Dress in layers, especially with wool or cotton clothing.

CANDLES
Candles can produce a lot of heat, just be extremely careful of where you put them and NEVER leave them unattended.

Black and White Stripe Rug

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These simply beautiful and elegant black and white striped floor rugs are made by hand, and are offered in this incredible collection of area rugs by Armadillo. Produced using the very highest ethical standards, every area rug is made under the rules of Fair Trade practices, and is crafted from sustainable natural fibers including pure wool, jute, cotton and hemp. All rug purchases benefit local schools in the rug weavers’ own villages.

Lachlan Dining Table

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This eco-friendly dining table is made from solid certified plantation timber and is finished in a natural low sheen clear that really highlights the beautiful wood grain. Every single piece is hand crafted and its solid walnut construction combines elegance with durability. There are handy drawers under the table and bench seats are total space savers. The table is made from an American walnut timber, a wood which boasts a versatile smoky brown which will fit into almost any dining room decor.