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Looking for a lovely gift? Try this heart bird feeder

Are you looking for a great gift for a loved one or something for yourself?

The Travelling Souk have this beautiful heart shaped bird feeder. - Bird feeder in heart shape made from lightweight polystone. Includes chain and hook for hanging.

Its a great thing to own and the price is spot on!

The Grimski and Hutch is a vendor on The Travelling Souk where you can fine Unique Gifts, Gift Ideas, Unusual Products, Personalised Gift Ideas and Handmade Gifts!

1 June 2012 at 08:10 - Comments

Eco Textiles for the home

Buying eco textiles for your eco home not only says something about your green views, but can also help pressure the textile industry to be more environmentally friendly.

The eco textiles industry is the world’s number one industrial water polluter. It uses millions of gallons of water to dissolve chemicals, dyes and detergents, which are then poured into the local water system where they can damage plant life, wildlife and seep into the groundwater.

Consequently, textile manufacturers are now being pressured to adopt more environmentally friendly manufacturing practices, such as being more energy efficient and recycling water. A lot of this pressure is being applied by the clothing industry, because eco textiles are becoming more popular all the time, both for use in fashion and in eco homes.

The growing popularity of eco textiles in fashion

The fashion industry has a bad reputation for designing throw away clothes at the lowest cost to producers, whilst at a high cost to the environment. But now the trend towards sustainability is influencing the clothes people buy on the high street.

Now trendy labels, top designers and catwalk models all want to be associated with a more sustainable way of manufacturing textiles. This means a greater availability of eco textiles for your eco home.

Ethical fashion encompasses reducing child labour, improving wages for workers in third world countries and making textiles from sustainable materials.

Eco textiles are more sustainable

Synthetic textiles, such as polyester, acrylic and nylon, are all made from petroleum, which is very energy intensive and polluting to manufacture. However, there are greener materials available though for use in your eco house.

Eco textiles are made from natural materials. This includes animal wool and plant fibres, such as organic cotton, hemp, jute, bamboo or linen. Eco textiles can be harvested over and over again and are more energy efficient to produce than synthetics.

Cotton, for example, is the most widely grown textile material in the world, but is also the most chemically intensive to harvest. It’s estimated that cotton crops use a quarter of the world’s insecticides and 10% of its pesticides.

But organic cotton is far more environmentally friendly. The greener harvesting methods used to grow organic cotton means it’s free of toxic chemical fertilizer and pesticides.

So when buying textiles materials for your eco home, make sure they’re eco textiles. This will help keep pressure on the textile industry to be more environmentally friendly in how it operates.

24 May 2012 at 08:57 - Comments

An extremely useful piece of gardening equipment – garden pail

This wonderful garden pail is made from jute and canvas, it features strong jute handles and six pockets around the outside, perfect for gloves, tools etc….  It is an extremely useful piece of gardening equipment and the perfect gift for a keen gardener.  30cm high.

The Carrier Company is a vendor on The Travelling Souk where you can fine Unique Gifts, Gift Ideas, Unusual Products, Personalised Gift Ideas and Handmade Gifts!

24 May 2012 at 08:47 - Comments

Loft Conversions SW London

South London Refurbishments offer reliable builders South London, maintenance and refurbishment services for Private and Business Customers. South London Refurbishments works on both residential and commercial properties. We can build a house extension, loft conversion, update or renovate your house, or only bathroom, kitchen, living space or an office. We provide completely free and reasonably priced, no-obligations estimates and will visit you when it best suits you.

We are nearing to an end of a loft conversion in South London, Clapham Junction.  Originally it started as a bedroom with en-suite loft conversion however it is now a bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe.  We have been working closely with our structural engineer, architect and have regular contact with the Building Control. We are at the stage where we are plastering the walls and we will be starting the decoration shortly.

In the meantime, we have started the ground-work for the wrap-around extension.  If the weather is kind to us (not at the moment!), we shall be doing the foundation and then erect the walls shortly.

14 May 2012 at 10:36 - Comments

Get IPL Treatments in London

Whether you are looking for a deeply relaxing massage to melt your stresses away, an invigorating facial to leave your skin perfectly nourished or some essential plucking and preening, Büty’s holistic health and beauty studios are the only place to be.

Re-connect with your mind, re-energise your body and refresh your spirit as you relax in the minimalist chic surroundings of the Fulham or Hammersmith studios. Each salon offers a unique experience, worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.

The sophisticated service is a high industry benchmark and ensures that you’ll leave walking on air and feeling better both inside and out.

From facials to IPL treatments London. Enjoy the full range of beauty treatments that you would expect from a top Beauty Salon that caters to a sophisticated London clientele that is renowned for knowing the importance of not only looking good on the outside, but also feeling good on the inside.

14 May 2012 at 10:23 - Comments

Funeral directors in the UK

Lodge Brothers was started in Feltham, Middlesex by James Lodge (1762-1836) who was a builder and carpenter and also became the Parish Clerk. James was born in Marnhull, Dorset and was one of seven children. His father died when he was four and his mother when he was thirteen so James and his sibling became orphans. Legend has it that he left Marnhull to escape the Press Gangs and was making his way to London when he happened on the village of Feltham and decided to settle there rather than continue to London.

Lodge brothers are the very best Funeral directors. The family you can turn to.

14 May 2012 at 09:51 - Comments

Architects in London – Commercial refurbishment

dblo associates studio brings together a team of architects with a wide experience and knowledge across a variety of project and contract types. dblo associates work covers architecture, interior design, development & Commercial refurbishment London. Working as a studio, allows us the flexibility to expand and contract to suit work loads and to draw on the wider expertise of our associate studios across London. We believe that the quality of our surrounding have a direct influence on the quality of our lives, whether in public, the work place, or the home. dblo associates is an organisation dedicated to creating and enhancing value through design.

Commercial refurbishment London examples: Click here

14 May 2012 at 09:30 - Comments

Short term flats in London

Whether you are a business traveller or vacationer you are guaranteed to find yourself truly at home, able to experience the city just as the locals do.

All our holiday flats London are fully furnished to a modern 2-Star tourist board standard. And because you are self-catering you are saving money. Typical 2-Star hotels in the area cost an average of GBP 60 per night. Our prices start at just GBP 27. That means you could save over GBP 1,000 a month!

With a minimum one-day stay, our studios are ideal for self-catering holidays, temporary accommodation or corporate housing. They are larger than a hotel room. They have a homely, more comfortable atmosphere. And, as they have their own cooking facilities, they give you far more flexibility and convenience.

Each studio is fully equipped with all the creature comforts you could need. And, of course, you can let go, totally de-stress and pamper yourself in our fabulous Spa without ever having to leave your new home. To find out more simply click on individual apartments for property pictures, a full description and pricing details. Last minute discounts are sometimes also available, please click here to check our special offers page.

14 May 2012 at 09:14 - Comments

Garden Kneeler for the keen gardener

Our garden kneeler was chosen by Alan Titchmarsh as best buy for Christmas, featured in Gardeners World magazine. It is very thick, making it comfortable to kneel or sit on and made from tough waterproof and rotproof canvas.  It features a jute handle, for hanging up, and a front pocket for storage.  44cm long, 22cm wide,5cm thick

The Carrier Company is a vendor on The Travelling Souk where you can fine Unique Gifts, Gift Ideas, Unusual Products, Personalised Gift Ideas and Handmade Gifts!

14 May 2012 at 08:57 - Comments

Eco homes can be luxurious as well as green

Eco homes can be luxurious as well as green

Creating an eco home can seem at odds with luxury. For too long, the eco movement has been associated with the anti-consumerist ‘woolly jumper brigade’, and eco homes seen as ugly prefabricated buildings which put function ahead of aesthetics.

But the perception of the eco home is changing.

Recently, the ‘Apple Hayes’ eco house was nominated in both the Best Eco Build and Best Luxury New Build categories at the Northern Design Awards. While at the high end of the scale, ‘Barnsley Hill Farm‘, with a £4m valuation, features a 25 seater home cinema, indoor pool and steam room but with the carbon footprint of an average two-bed flat.

These eco homes show that luxury and being environmentally friendly can go together. And the rise of an educated eco-conscious generation is leading to developers creating luxurious eco house developments all over Europe.

In the UK, ‘The Lakes’ features 160 luxury villas (starting at £870k) built with eco materials (e.g. sustainable timber) and with energy saving features, such as rainwater harvesting, wind turbines and solar panels.

In Switzerland one developer is pouring £1b into transforming the village of Andermatt into a car free community with 500 luxury apartments, which are to receive 50 percent of their energy from geothermal heating.

Eco furniture can be aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and green

As these examples show, eco homes can be aesthetically pleasing and luxurious. This extends to the eco furniture, eco appliances and other environmentally friendly features you furnish your eco house with.

Eco furniture is made from sustainably sourced materials, including textiles as well as timber, which are produced with the minimum environmental impact. The range of eco products available also includes eco wallpaper and non-toxic eco paints.

The growth of an eco conscious generation means there is a growing market for luxurious eco homes, along with eco beds, eco chairs and other items of eco furniture which are attractive, comfortable and environmentally friendly.

9 May 2012 at 09:32 - Comments