Thanks to wildlife documentaries such as Blue Planet II, as well as increased awareness about how the products we buy and use in our homes affect the environment, being kinder to the planet is becoming a big priority for many UK homeowners.
Luckily, there are some easy ways to be eco-friendly in your home without spending thousands of pounds or affecting your quality of life.
1. Reduce Plastic Waste
Single use plastic bags, bottles, straws and cups are the biggest threat to our ocean eco-systems – causing huge damage to wildlife and turning massive stretches of water into floating rubbish dumps.
You can do your bit to tackle the growing amount of plastic entering our oceans by swapping out single use plastics for reusable versions, as well as making a conscious effort to buy products that utilise plastics recovered from the ocean. Everything from duvets, rugs and now window blinds can reuse plastic waste in this way.
Apollo’s NEW Greenscreen Sea-Tex blinds are made from plastic retrieved from beaches, remote coastlines and inland waterways, transforming it into a long-lasting high-performance roller blind fabric. Greenscreen Sea-Tex fabric is energy-efficient, filters sunlight and is fully recyclable. It’s also PVC free.
Fifty per cent of the fabric’s weight is recovered ocean plastic, they’re available in five neutral semi-transparent shades.
2. Reduce Energy Consumption
There are lots of ways to reduce energy in the home, some are common sense, others are less so, and overall there are significant savings to be made.
You can read our brilliant energy saving tips here: https://www.apollo-blinds.co.uk/blog/index.php/2019/03/energy-price-cap-rise/
And one of the best tips of all is to install Duette® blinds at windows. With their unique honeycomb structure, Duette® blinds can help homeowners to achieve a more energy-efficient home, saving up to 25% on annual heating costs.
Within the collection, Duette® Relife blinds are a type of Duette® blinds fabric manufactured using recycled polyester fibres from recycled textiles, scoring you even more eco-friendly points.
3. Recycle and Upcycle
Upcycling furniture is not only great for the environment but will create stunning and bespoke pieces for your home. There are hundreds of tutorials that show you how to breathe new life into old furniture and we’ve collated some of our favourites for you over on Pinterest
Another recycling option is to create window blinds from old curtains. Curtains can become worn around the edges but if the fabric is otherwise intact, there’s an opportunity you can recycle these well-loved household textiles into gorgeous window blinds, using our You Choose window blinds making service. It’s something we’re seeing more frequently and is great for the environment.
4. Harness the Sun’s Power
Apollo’s solar powered roof blinds operate by converting energy from the sun via a discreet solar panel on the window side of the blind, which charges the battery during daylight hours.
The blinds are fully motorised for ease of use, yet without any added electricity consumption. They’re ideal for insulating windows and for light control in hard to reach areas.
Apollo has recently introduced a number of products with impressive eco credentials to its already extensive ranges.
All are delivered with Apollo’s quality assurance and the care and attention to detail that guarantees an expertly crafted window blind, fitted to the homeowner’s exact specifications.