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World-class cycling provision and 3D printed houses

Not content with being home to the Hovenring – an elevated cycling roundabout that pushes the boundaries of active travel infrastructure brilliance, the Dutch city of Eindhoven is pioneering 3D printed housing by unveiling the first habitable examples. Project Milestone will see five new 3d printed houses offered for rent. The building process does not rely on bricklaying – a…

Life under canvas in 2018

Now the sun has finally made an appearance, here’s our guide to the weird and wonderful tents pitched for summer 2018. Little beats sleeping under canvas, but conventional tents have a few drawbacks. Once the air temperature drops, tents cool very quickly inside and, conversely, in direct sunlight they can become like saunas. On a crowded campsite, the complete lack of sound…

No more honorifics

The use of titles to distinguish between married/unmarried women, but not men, is not only outmoded, but discriminatory so as a business we’ve now stopped using titles entirely with all our customers in written or emailed correspondence. From the start of this month, none of our written communications have included honorifics of any kind. We know it’s a small step,…

Greening your home – Oven cooking

There’s little doubt that our diet can have a significant and detrimental effect on the environment. After all, the food we eat is responsible for almost a third of our global carbon footprint. For example, the environmental costs of meat production are numerous: The production of feed, fertiliser, farm heating, effluent waste, water and land consumption. transport, slaughterhouse processing and…

Greening your home – Natural cleaning products

The chemicals you use to clean your home can have a detrimental effect on the environment – not least because they invariably end up in the water supply. It’s possible now to buy cleaning products marketed as environmentally benign, but invariably they come in plastic bottles – just one aspect of their production process and product life cycle that has…