Jul 30, 2007

You may recognize Oliver Heath from BBC television - he was on both 'Changing Rooms' and 'Home Front'. Now, this architect has gone green, with a carefully edited online shop, called EcoCentric. This isn't just a baby/nursery store - it carries an impressive array of eco-friendly goods for one's entire apartment. Oliver believes that we don't have to compromise on style to be green, and we agree.

EcoCentric makes it very easy to identify how each of its products are green. For example, the Delight Shade by Nahoko Koyama, at right, is made from 100% natural wool felt, designed for use with an energy-saving bulb. The hand-cut butterflies make for efficient energy use during production, while the fact that it was made in the country in which it is sold means less carbon emitted in transportation. Unless you are ordering it from the States, of course. Below, a few of our favorite items from EcoCentric:

We love the recycled cardboard play houses! Below, the Rocket (£34.99) and the Pod (£39.00). These would be so fun for kids to decorate. Adults, too.

Harry's Garden and Pavilion Birds wallpapers are printed in the UK on chlorine-free paper sourced from managed forests. The inks are water-based with no use of hazardous solvents, and any waste from edge trimmings is recycled. And they are gorgeous. £95.00 for a 10m roll.

We carry a sailcloth bag as a briefcase, and love it so much we plan to get another to use as a diaper bag. These are made from decommissioned sails, and if these things can stand up to everything the Atlantic Ocean can throw at them, they can withstand anything that might be in a diaper bag! A fun label inside shows you the type of sailboat they came from, and where it has seen action. Below, the Shopper Sailbag, and the Laptop Sailbag.

We haven't even scratched the surface of EcoCentric - while it is a great place to shop, it is clear that Oliver Heath really cares about helping us all live greener, more beautiful lives. His Why Eco? page is a great (non-preachy) manifesto on the need for greener living, and he has also assembled a good list of links for greener living in the UK. Don't worry Americans - EcoCentric does ship to the US.

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