Advances in sustainable innovation and design mean that choosing electric no longer needs to be a compromise
Creating her own environment and giving up living in the rat race has given her a new lease of energy and a completely different take on life. It sounds almost too good to be true. "I feel more free, and every morning I wake up and I am surrounded by nature, seasons, skies, plants, sounds, animals. It's beautiful and it feels like how it was always meant to be."
Appropriate for both men and women of any age, these items are unique, attractive and simple. In addition to this they are useful, functional and practical. What more could you want? Oh hang on, there's just one other teeny tiny point to mention: each product comes from a brand that designs and produces in a responsible way.
What really constitutes a green home and how can we employ this into the design of our own properties? Let's take a look at some of the latest and greatest design principles and features to help you toward a greener future.
Humans are naturally drawn to a view; it is very often one of the most important features listed about a hotel room or a holiday rental. It is also a huge driving factor in the sale price of a house or apartment.
Learning spaces, for instance, cannot stay stuck in the old rigid mould where rows of desks face the teacher and blackboard. There's no greater enemy of sustainability than obsolescence.
The reality of the 'get well soon, Earth!' campaign is a perverse self-importance. It tries, like all of us really do, to hide the deep ingrained desires of a human being or moreover any creature that has managed to survive this long.
Professor Carole Collet, Reader in Textile Futures at the University Of The Arts, and founder of the Textiles Futures postgraduate
In the past, eco-friendly fashion had two connotations. It could be prohibitively expensive and relegated to elitist boutiques.
Recently I settled in to listen to In Business with BBC journalist Peter Day. Innovation and transformation of people's lives, economies, etc., is very much part of the No Straight Lines project so I was thrilled to hear Professor Jaideep Prabhu from the Cambridge University Judge Business school and Professor Anil Gupta from the Indian Institute of Management talk about Jugaad Innovation.