Forget solar panels and multi-coloured rubbish bins, the ultimate must have for the eco-friendly home is a carpet made from old car tyres.
It’s one of the top-ten tips and products to help people “green” their homes suggested by Kevin McCloud, the presenter of the hit TV series Grand Designs.
The tyres carpet is “beautiful” and “amazingly durable”, according to McCloud, and should be used in all offices and in the home to tackle the 486,000 tonnes of old tyres thrown away each year.
He also sings the praises of fabric made from stinging nettles which can be used as a durable furnishing fabric, for example for covering sofas.
The Kevin’s Green Heroes initiative highlights innovative technology and ideas, and products new to this county or made by small companies or artisans.
The chosen products include solar panels which generate hot water and electricity at the same time and are more efficient as a result; products such as cloths and sponges made from recycled plastic; and wool insulation made from UK hill farm sheep.
McCloud said: “The salvation of humanity is going to depend on getting out of the carbon and resources hole by recycling, by being frugal and careful with resources, but also innovations in technology.
“These products represent the full gamut of solutions, from stuff which is cleverly recycled or ‘up-cycled’ to new technologies and hi-tech solutions.”
He said technology would have a “really significant role to play” in making living greener.
Denna Bowman, Head Office