It’s Time Festivals Invested in Eco Packaging

Due to thousands of people living in the one space for an entirety of five days there is not only packaging waste but thousands of materials are left behind, which begs the question, should all festivals go eco-friendly?

Glastonbury 2016 Packaging Waste

The clear up after one of the UKs biggest festivals has begun. This year at Glastonbury there was an estimated 800-strong clean-up crew that have been help restore the site back to its natural state. Lets look at the festivals waste in numbers:

In 2016 there was:

  • 1,650 tonnes of waste
  • 5,000 abandoned tents

In 2015 there was:

  • 11 tonnes of clothes
  • 6,500 sleeping bags
  • 5,500 tents
  • 3,500 airbeds
  • 2,200 chairs
  • 950 rolled mats
  • 400 gazebos.

This year the clean-up bill could cost the festival close to £1 million and volunteers are likely to sort through a ridiculous nine tonnes of glass, 54 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles, 41 tonnes of cardboard and 66 tonnes of scrap metal.

How to Prevent Waste at Festivals?

Targeting packaging which is one of biggest causes of waste such will make a huge impact on your festivals environmental footprint. It is the little changes that will make a big difference. Take into consideration on how cups and bottles can be used again. One of the best ideas for this is to provide free water taps to encourage festival-goers to re-use bottles.

Scottish Festival T in The Park started a project which gets campers to join their recyclying initiative.  Once campers have finished their drink they can take the empty cup to one of the special Cup Recycling Points to collect your 10p.

All the cups that are collected then go into special recycling skips which are taken off-site to be recycled. This means that they are reducing the amount of litter pollution on the site whilst promoting eco policy to their weekend residents.

Reusable bottles are being used at Shambala and Glastonbury to promote recycling. Shambala’s Bring a Bottle initiative has banned the sale of disposable drinks bottles onsite which will make a significant difference when it comes to waste. Similarly, Glastonbury have joined up with WaterAid and Raw Foundation to create a stainless steel bottle which can be used at the festival.

Eco Friendly Events

The Organising Committee behind the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) applied a waste free initiative at the London 2012 Olympics. The Games was a success and became one of the biggest zero waste event in history:

Re-use: It was not just the packaging that was recycled after the event the majority of equipment was donated charities, athletics equipment is now used all over the UK, tennis balls were donated to Battersea Dogs Home, and timber from staging has been salvaged and used again.

Recycling & Composting: All Food and drink packaging used at the games was recyclable or compostable – and each package was labelled to help consumers sort it into the right bin.

Energy Recovery: The left over waste can also be re-used, and was sent to energy recovery. Materials which can be send for energy recovery include contaminated plastics, shrink wrap, crisp packets, milk jugs, napkins, sugar, salt and pepper sachets.

General views of the Glastonbury festival site as people head home home early this morning as the festival ends. June 27 2016.

General views of the Glastonbury festival site as people head home home early this morning as the festival ends. June 27 2016.


What Type of Packaging Should Festivals Use?

A packaging supplies company have confirmed that 83% of consumers worldwide say that it is important for businesses to construct programs which are environmentally friendly and 22% of consumers would pay more for an environmentally friendly product.

Although festivals are introducing reusable initiatives it is not always feasible. Therefore, they should use a recyclable type of packaging. Cardboard is one of the most used and recycled materials on earth and by recycling cardboard packaging it will have a ripple effect which will essentially reduce energy.

Corrugated Cardboard is the best type of cardboard to use for eco-friendly festivals as it can be made from 100% recycled materials. Cardboard and corrugated material is also easy to dispose of and can be separated and recycled. Corrugated Cardboard is also biodegradable which means if it is not recycled or reused it can be put straight back into the lands.

Being eco-friendly at Festivals is not just down to organisers, there must be a conscious effort made by festival goers and perhaps fining for unethical disposal.  Littering at festivals is not only caused by packaging waste but by left over materials such as tents and sleeping bags. If you are going to a festival and intend to leave your material – consider giving it to a charity instead!

Author Bio: This article was written by Melissa Lang from Glasgow, Scotland. Melissa is a freelance writer with multiple years’ experience working at Festivals and Events.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

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10 Plant Varieties That Keep Pests Away

Summer time means firing up the grill and inviting your friends over for a great barbecue. However, most of the time unexpected guests end up crashing the party.

No, we are not talking about your in-laws. It is the pesky bugs who enjoy a great bash in your BBQ party. But you can take comfort in knowing that there are ways to deal with gnats, mosquitoes, flies and other notorious bugs. And it doesn’t involve engaging in chemical warfare or covering yourself with sticky sprays.  

For going outdoors and having fun, all you need to do is strategically plant insect-repelling plants on your patio or the garden. The essential oil of these plants is a natural bug repellent and is a chemical free pest control solution, something insects tend to avoid. Furthermore, you can even use most of these plants to create your natural bug repellent.

Beneficial Plants

1) Marigolds


Besides making the landscape more beautiful and attractive, the peculiar smell that marigolds have repels mosquitoes and insects. You can get a seed or a potted marigold plant from floral department or nursery. Make sure to plant the marigolds near the entry points, where mosquitoes drop in like windows, doors, balcony, and deck.

2) Basil


The basil helps in repelling mosquitoes and houseflies. Place the basil in a pot near the door of your home and especially in the outdoor area where you often relax.  Do you know basil is delicious and makes salads appetizing? It is used in various chicken and pork recipes and even in soups too.

With fresh basil, you can make an insect repellent spray. All you need is 4 ounces of hot water and 5 or 7 ounces of fresh and clean basil leaves. Add the basil leaves to the hot water and allow it to steep for many hours. Then you need to remove the leaves and squeeze all the moisture from the leaves. Add vodka to the mixture and store it in the refrigerator. When going out to the garden, spray it on the plants.

3) Citronella


One of the common ingredients used in insect repellents is citronella. The presence of the strong smell makes it one of the best mosquito attractants. This perennial clumping grass grows 6 to 7 feet. You can keep it in a huge pot or plant it in the ground. The citronella plant thrives in areas where there are good drainage and best sunlight.

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Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig Way

4) Lavender


Lavender helps in repelling fleas, moths, mosquitoes and flies. For centuries, it has been used to provide pleasant and sweet fragrance to clothes drawers and homes. Even though humans like the smell of lavender; flies, mosquitoes and other unwanted insects avoid it.  

Make sure to plant the lavender in the sunny area of your garden or at the entryways of your house. This will ensure that you have a pest-free home. Also, you can use the oil extracted from the lavender flower as a mosquito repellent. Just apply it on your skin when you are going to the garden or lawn.

5) Alliums


Plants belonging to the Allium family like the dramatic Allium giganteum stalk up to about 6 feet. They are regarded as one of the best natural insecticides.  They help in repelling various pests and insects like aphids, slugs, cabbage worms and carrot flies which often plague your vegetable garden.

Peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, and broccoli are the plants that get the benefit from this pest repellant. Also, the allium helps in keeping the aphids away from rose bushes.   

6) Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme

If you want a plant that can repel mosquitoes, then try the lemon thyme. This is a handy herb which adapts to all kinds of shallow and rocky soil. It will thrive well in your rock garden, herb garden and even on the front border as long as there is enough sunlight.

One particular characteristic of this plant is that it will repel pesky mosquitoes but with a little bit of assistance. To release its chemical, you need to bruise the leaves. To do that just cut off a few of its stem and rub them on your hands.

7) Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

The aroma of lemon balm (aka horsemint) helps in warding off mosquitoes. However, it attracts various pollinators like butterflies and bees. Furthermore, this plant is one of the fast growing and drought resistant plant which reseeds itself.

8) Mint


Mint plant is often used for repelling mosquitoes. It is best if you grow it in pots as it will spread aggressively if planted in the soil. Once they get established, then it is quite difficult to remove them. Cutting mint in the mulch will save cabbage, broccoli, and turnips from pest attacks.  

9) Chrysanthemums


It is often used to repel ants, roaches, ticks, Japanese beetles, fleas, lice, silverfish, spider mites, bedbugs, root-knot nematodes, harlequin bugs and other harmful insects. The ingredient pyrethrum is commonly found in chrysanthemums is an effective insect repellant.  

Since the pyrethrum can destroy jumping and flying insects, they are often used in US homes and gardens as insecticides. Also, they are used in pet shampoos, indoor sprays, and even aerosol bombs. So, you need to be cautious while using them in any form.

10) Petunias


The petunias plant repels tomato hornworms, aphids, leafhoppers, asparagus beetles, and even squash bugs. Many people think of the petunias as one of the best and natural pesticides. As they are available in various bright colors, they are quite famous. Also, it requires less maintenance and can grow in containers, garden beds and hanging baskets.


Various pest repellant plants help in keeping deadly insects away from your lawn and garden. So, next time when you reach for a chemical bug spray, think again. Take a minute and think about the harmful chemicals you are going to inject to your plants. Instead, you can take the nature’s arsenal for fighting these destructive pests.


Hi! I’m Angela from and I write, curate, and get in touch with people who are active in the pest control arena. At NYCity, we are always at the forefront of finding new and innovative methods to control insect and rodent infestations without excessive collateral damage.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 25, 2016 at 9:59 am

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The rainforests are in danger. We all know that, but the a lot of people don’t know much about the frightening scale of deforestation and the current sad state of the rainforests – these natural wonders, which provide 40% of the world’s oxygen.

There is not enough media attention focused on the way our planet is being eaten away in the name of business, agriculture and greed. This information is essential and everybody should be aware of the state of deforestation, and what that means to our future.

This is why the team at eC02Greetings have created this graphic, which shows how vast the damage done already is, and how rapidly it continues. It also explains the importance of the rainforests, and looks at the main causes of deforestation.

This damage is being done right now, so let’s spread the word and do something about it #SaveTheTrees


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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 17, 2016 at 5:05 am

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Just like humans, trees have a microbiome

The bacteria in and on our bodies – our microbiome – influences nutrition, obesity and our vulnerability to  disease. A microbiome is simply the community of microbes that lives on and in an organism. Every person’s body is home to a complex microbiome weighing about as much as a human head, and it’s one of the hottest scientific topics around right now. So hot that President Obama has launched a so-called scientific ‘moon shot’ initiative to figure out exactly how human microbiomes affect health and happiness.

Plants have microbiomes, too

Is a plant’s microbiome just as important to the organism’s health and well-being? After all, plants don’t move and may need to rely on partnerships with communities of microbes to help them get nutrients. The early signs are promising. In May a team at the University of Washington, USA, revealed how poplar trees found in a rocky, inhospitable place contain a microbiome which helps provide the nutrients they need to grow. It looks as though microbiomes play a vital part in much more than just human health.

The findings could have profound effects on agriculture and bioenergy crops, improving productivity. On the other hand, just like humans, the microbial communities individual trees contain are incredibly diverse, varying beyond recognition in plants growing next to one another in much the same way as your own personal microbiome will differ from that of your colleagues, family and neighbours.

You don’t need root nodules to fix nitrogen

This dramatic variation makes it difficult to draw sensible conclusions and quantify the microbes’ activity, but it’s clear that nitrogen fixation – a natural process which sustains every form of life – happens thanks to the help of nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

Scientists already know that  nitrogen fixation happens in bacteria-rich nodules on the roots of plants like soybeans, clover and alfalfa. But the belief that only plants with root nodules can benefit from this kind of symbiosis no longer holds. The new research delivers the first direct evidence that nitrogen fixation happens in tree branches without root nodules.

Boosting plant productivity naturally

The news has significant implications for crop plants. The same microbes the team has isolated from the wild poplars and willows they studied have been found to help corn, tomatoes and peppers thrive with less fertiliser, as well as trees. Knowing which microbes help wild plants thrive even though they’re growing on nothing more than rocks and sand means forestry will depend less on chemical fertilisers, providing a natural way to boost plant productivity without having to use fossil fuels to synthesise fertilisers.

Article by The Rainforest Foundation.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 11, 2016 at 5:15 am

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10 Green Ways to Keep Spiders Away

I believe we can all agree on the fact that spiders are not well loved creatures. In fact, arachnophobia, the extreme fear of spiders, is the number one phobia in the world. If you would like to keep spiders away from your lovely home, but you appreciate nature and believe that every creature has its role to play, take a look at this infographic from GreenMatch (PS: For the arachnophobes among us, there are no close up images of real spiders).


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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 11, 2016 at 5:06 am

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The Deadliest Floods in Our History

The floods that took place in China in 1931 (also known as the ‘Central China Floods’) were considered the most devastating among all other natural or manmade disasters that had taken place in the world at that stage in history.

On August 19th of that year, the Huai River’s water height exceeded the maximum limit. This resulted in the deaths of 200,000 people who were drowned. The floods affected 25 million people across the country and in the end resulted in a death toll of more than 4 million people. Water borne diseases such as Cholera and Typhoid were rampant and killed millions more. Reports of infanticide and cannibalism were reported as a result of severe food and supply shortages. Thousands of animals and cattle were also killed.

However, this flood was only one of many deadly historical floods that ravaged the world between the 13th and 20th centuries. This infographic, which has been produced by Nature’s Water, gives a brief snapshot of 10 of the deadliest floods in our history.


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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 11, 2016 at 4:50 am

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Ways You Can Help The Environment At Home

Thanks to effective awareness campaigning, most homeowners are now aware of (although not always practising) the key ways you can help the environment at home. Insulated lofts, draft excluders on doors, proper double glazing, energy efficient lightbulbs and – heck – getting one of those fancy smart meters is even my grandma’s to-do list. But as a great philosopher once said, “It’s not easy being green.”

We were pleased to get the chance to talk about some of the other ways we can all instantly start helping the environment in our own homes.

Around The House

If you have any exposed floorboards or lightweight carpets, ensuring that the gaps between your floorboards are plugged with expanding insulation can reduce your central heating use massively. A fully exposed floorboard living room, if not insulated, loses the same amount as heat as if you had the window open.

Okay, working up from the floor, let’s look at the plugs and power sockets. Who else, like I once was, is guilty of leaving their wifi, television, satellite box and phone plugged in throughout the night? They may be sold as “low energy” products but no energy is better than low energy when it comes to power sockets – and electricity bills.

Super Simple Home Cleaning: The Best House Cleaning Tips for Green Cleaning the Home

Super Simple Home Cleaning: The Best House Cleaning Tips for Green Cleaning the Home

But before bedtime, there are other ways to help whilst you’re relaxing of an evening.

When I was a little lad and it was cold in the middle of winter, my sisters and I would ask our dad if we could put the fire on. “Go and put a jumper on and if you’re still cold in half an hour then you can. On one bar.” He’d say.

He’s a typical, no-nonsense cash-conscious Northerner, but his attitude resonates with those of us now looking to be more environmentally conscious in our own homes. It’s a pretty daft move to be sat in a t-shirt but having the heating on full blast for 4 months of the year.

Moving out of the living room now and heading into the kitchen.

Do you like to make sure you rinse your plates before they go in the dishwasher? Please don’t. It wastes water. And also benergy if you use the hot tap. Plus, for a minimal amount of extra effort, you can discard the dishwasher altogether anyway. So, actually, let’s go for that.

And on that theme, lots of us (including me) could be a lot wiser with our washing machine use. Apart from your unmentionables, do we really need to wash our clothes as often? What’s wrong with a good old sponge down? Or a brush-off of any dried dirt? When using the washing machine is unavoidable always wait for a full load and use cold water for general washes.

Whilst we are on washing – just a reminder that showers are always preferable to baths. And there’s no need to be in there for more than 5 minutes, as that defies the point. Yes, that is aimed at my better half.

When it comes to cleaning the house itself, there’s plenty of advice on how to be a lot more caring for the environment. Are you using water and vinegar instead of spray detergents yet?

And before we leave the home, despite becoming a whole lot more environmentally aware over the past generation or so, we are all guilty of buying new all to often. What happened to make do and mend?

Heading Out To The Shops


We’ll get to the car in a second, but before we do, please take a look at your garden, plantlife or shrubbery. Is it doing its bit? Or does it need an intensive maintenance schedule of watering and fertilising? If you switch exotic or foreign plants for local, they’ll need less attention, use less product and water, and help local wildlife flourish. A smaller lawn will do the same too.

Okay, the car. Obviously, near enough all who drive could stand to do less miles. Try to keep journeys short and to a minimum. It’s a great habit to get into. Try waiting until you need to nip into town for a few bits rather than just one. And park centrally then walk between destinations before heading home.

Less trips to the shops is great but there’s lots of delivery options too. Also, if you are lucky enough to be getting a new car anytime soon, it would be great if it was a hybrid or eco-efficient model.

Also on the shopping point, two simple ways to help out are to buy in bulk whenever possible (especially for non-perishables or heavy use items) and try to choose products with sustainable or recyclable packaging. If you can find the latter, it’s up to you to then make sure it goes in the right bin.

When it comes to what you buy, even the most carnivorous amongst us can still enjoy a happy diet but choose to eat meat. Chicken has much less of an impact on the environment than pork or beef in its production. So does fish. Designated non-red meat days could work.

Another easy win is to eat a lot more veg’ instead. Veg’ is even better when you’ve grown it yourself. Clubbing together with family, friends or neighbours into your own little co-operative can offer substantial amounts with choice. And it’s good fun. Your food waste (which can be lowered by following weekly meal plans) can even form your compost.

On wholly serious note, the fact is the world isn’t big enough to sustain the whole world living as we currently do, so something has to change. The incremental changes described here, if employed together by everyone, would add up to something meaningful.

This article is written by Monks Contractors who are waste management firm and we specialise in waste haulage, civil contracting, mobile welding and fabrication and also plant operations.



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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

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Green Office Buildings

While the economy requires the building of office buildings, the world requires the human race to cut down on the pressures it places on the environment. These conflicting needs are being resolved by the building of some very innovative, and very green, office buildings. These buildings are using new technologies create offices that are carbon neutral and, in some cases, actually able to produce more energy than they use.

This infographic showcases numerous examples of green architecture that have been used to stop commercial real estate being such a drain on the environment. From the giant atrium of the visually stunning ACROS building in Japan, to the super smart Edge building in Amsterdam, to buildings that combine power generation methods that go beyond ‘simple’ solar panels; these buildings break the mould for office buildings and in doing so are helping make the world a greener place.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm

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Non-toxic Home Cleaning & Care (To Make an Allergy Free Home)

We, usually, are not aware of the dangers that lurk in our own home. Our homes are habitats for different types of allergens. In order to avoid allergic reactions, we need to reduce allergens to a minimum. On the other hand, studies have shown that chemical cleaning products are toxic and often harmful to human health, especially children’s health.

Having this in mind you are probably wondering how to get rid of allergens without endangering your own health? The solution is in eco friendly, non-toxic cleaning products, which are excellent in fighting allergens.


Mould occurs in places that are warm and humid, so the bathroom suits it well. Black mold often grows in hidden places, contaminating surface behind the wall, and beneath the floor tiles.

The best defense against the mould is to keep the bathroom clean and dry at all times. Repair leaking faucets, use a fan to exhaust the air and clean all surfaces after showering.

But, if the mold is already there – don’t worry, there are very simple ways to remove it. The strongest fighters for this fight are citrus seed extract, baking soda and vinegar. Citrus seed extracts are excellent in the fight against mold, but they are often very expensive. However there are always cheaper options: vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.


Image 2 - Baking soda


This room is the most suitable room for development of the mold and other allergens. They can occur in almost every kitchen appliance.

Old and rotten food in the refrigerator can cause allergy. To clean the fridge, mix water and vinegar in 50:50 ratio and add a few drops of lavender essential oil, then wipe all surfaces inside the fridge with that solution in order to remove any possible allergens.

Put a bowl of water and a half squeezed lemon in your microwave and turn it on high for at least 3-4 minutes. Evaporation of that solution will make cleaning easier.

Sprinkle the stove with baking soda, spray with vinegar and scrub with a sponge for a thorough cleaning.

To clean the oven you shouldn’t use conventional oven cleaners, which includes the usage of rubber gloves. These products are not healthy to be used near children or near you. The best advice is not to wait for the oven to get very dirty; it is much more difficult is to clean the old stains. To clean the oven naturally, sprinkle it with kitchen salt while hot and wait to cool down. When cooled, take a wet cloth and “dig in”.

Image 3 - Vinegar

Carpets and rugs

Carpets and rugs can revive your room in a way that you didn’t plan. Dust accumulated in carpets and rugs makes them an excellent basis for development of microscopic mites. Body parts and feces from dust mites are the most common triggers of allergies in any home.

To reduce this problem, you should use steam vacuums with special antibacterial filters or think about removing carpets from your home.

Bed sheets

Eight hours spent in bed every night leaves behind many dead skin cells that attract mites.
One of the most effective ways to remove these pests out of our bed is to use hypo-allergenic bedding, and pillow cases. Sheets should be washed every week. Avoid pillows and quilts that cannot be washed and use steam vacuums occasionally in order to remove all allergens from your mattress and pillows.

Image 4 - Bed sheets

Stuffed toys

If your child is allergic to dust mites, then these toys probably worsen its allergy.
This does not mean that you shouldn’t let your child play with stuffed toys, but you should look for those that can be machine washed in hot water once a week and dried thoroughly.

Chemical cleaners are not eco-friendly nor healthy. These active substances are based on synthetic surfactants and phosphates which cause allergies and irritate the skin, and in higher doses can be even fatal. Do yourself and your household a favour, and start to maintain your home with the natural products, which are not only healthier and cheaper than industrial cleaners, but also more effective.

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The Green Witch Herbal: Restoring Nature’s Magic in Home, Health & Beauty Care

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 6, 2016 at 8:24 am

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Bringing the Outdoor Into Your House

Are you someone who loves outdoor? Do you want to bring your outdoor favourites into your house? Today’s interior design trends have brought up many different ways for making your house more outdoor-styled.

■ You can add stone beach with grass seats for conversation area. This would suit large area places.

■ Your normal lamp can be covered with grasses and creepers. You should be a little cautious, while watering your plants.

■ Your picnic table can be made as a grass topped table. You would have the real feeling of being in a picnic.

■ You can decorate your house with transparent chairs which are decorated with climbing plants.

■ The tables can have a transparent glass on top to cover small layer of green moss growing inside it.

■ You can switch your dining table with a floral table where flowers and table plants would make your meal time livelier.

■ Grass topped bench can also create more nature oriented style.

Another way of using greens as a lighting element is to grow plants inside large light bulbs. This would suit places where windows are limited or where they don’t exist.

If you do not like grass on your table, you can opt for tables which has small pockets in the place where its legs get attached to the frame. Plants can be grown out of those pockets.

You can upgrade your normal coffee table with lawn top and with wheels. This would suit houses, with open plan living space.

This design would suit all types of houses and rooms. All you need is a little interest in green styled living decor. Moreover, there are a lot of advantages like having more plants around you would increase the amount of oxygen around you. This would keep you fresh, healthy and lively. Moreover, you are reducing pollution and other dust elements. This decor will recreate your living style and introduce healthy home environment for you and your family.


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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

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