It pays to be natural

Design news by Katie Law
House toy baskets

Little, but getting bigger


Little Natural Company
New retail and online shops selling accessories that are ethically made, environmentally friendly and desirable are opening up all the time.

The latest, set up earlier this year by Lymington-based mother-of-two Kim Perrett, is The Little Natural Company, which sells everything from health products to homeware.

Pretty memo boards (£31.95) are made from recycled materials, votive candles (£5.99) are made from soya wax, while towels are organic cotton. These house toy baskets cost from £27.95.

For more information, call 01590 643800, or visit www.littlenaturalcompany.com.

Recycled paper notebooks

Take note


Muji
This Japanese chain store has always taken eco issues seriously. It is now expanding its range of bed linen made from organic and fairtrade cottons and recycled cotton rescued from excess yarn production, which gives the fabric an attractive, random stripe.

Prices start from £8.95 for an organic cotton pillowcase, £7.95 for a fairtrade pillowcase and £6.95 for one in re-used cotton yarn. If you are looking for other green homeware, check out the shelving units made from compressed, recycled cardboard pulp (£20 to £39), recycled glass water jug and cup (£7.95) and the recycled paper and card stationery (pictured, £2.95 to £4.95).

For details of your nearest stockists, call 020 7323 2208, or visit www.muji.co.uk.

Low-energy lighting

Energy stars


Photonstar
As energy prices rise, the pressure is on to find well-designed, low-energy lighting for the home.

Photonstar has a new range of CeilingStar LED lights (pictured), which can be fitted into any kind of surround, including leather or fabric, since they give out virtually no heat and have a lifespan of 25 years.

The basic model costs £35 plus VAT. For more information, call 02380 763797, or visit www.photonstarled.com.

Organic bedding for children

Sleep in peace


Luma
Organic bedding for children with natural themes, including appliquéd and embroidered bugs, butterflies, flowers and leaves, feature in Luma’s latest collection, which comes in single, double and cot sizes with matching laundry bags.

Prices start at £14.50 for a pillowcase and £59.50 for a single duvet cover.

Luma is at 98 Church Road, Barnes, SW13 (0845 094 2598; www.lumadirect.com).


Simple, understated curtains

That’s a good idea


The Natural Curtain Company
Imagine giving instructions online for making a pair of curtains, starting off by choosing the fabric, then selecting the type of lining, optional interlining, style of pleating at the top and whether to have tie-backs. Then you add the measurements and pay.

This new company uses all cotton and linen fabrics in restrained neutrals and stripes, which will prove irresistible to anyone wanting simple, understated curtains. Expect to pay from about £150 for a basic pair or £100 for a blind, plus £15 delivery.

For more information, call 0845 500 0400, or visit www.naturalcurtaincompany.co.uk.

100 per cent organic bedlinen

Cotton on to organic


Bedeck
Ordinary cotton’s production is not very environmentally friendly, since it requires spraying with pesticides that are bad for the atmosphere and for the people involved in the process.

Bedeck has just launched its first collection of 100 per cent organic bed linen, accessories and towels, in a range of attractively muted colours, including olive, stone and chalk.

Prices start at £20 for an Isha Oxford pillowcase, £9 for a hand towel and £18 for a bath towel.

For information on stockists, call 0845 603 0861, or visit www.bedeckhome.com.

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