First Ever ‘Green Shopping Aisle’ Caters to Environmental Enthusiasts Who Want Home DIY Projects


Environmentally-minded DIY enthusiasts can now enjoy the first ever ‘green shopping aisle’–complete with a real grass walkway and a canopy infused with foliage and butterflies.


The green aisle is, quite literally, festooned with evergreen climbers and vegetation to help eco-conscious shoppers find the section of the hardware store that will make their home more sustainable.

‘The Green Aisle’ launches today at one of Britain’s major hardware chains,  Homebase. The first stores to get the foliage-festooned aisle are: Haringey in London, Edinburgh, Bridgend, Birmingham, and Leeds–with more stores to follow.

In partnership with Smart Energy GB, the aisle showcases eco-friendly and energy-efficient home improvement products, as well as information on how to get a smart meter installed, all in one place.

MORE: Grocery Store Unveils World’s First Plastic-Free Aisle 

All of these efforts will help make homes greener and ready for winter.

‘The Green Aisle’ was created after research found 74 per cent of Brits are keen to make their home greener, but half have no idea where to start.

Craig Phillips, DIY expert and one of the first to visit the ‘Green Aisle’ in Haringey, said, “I’ve helped hundreds of people improve their homes over the years by making small changes which have a big impact–the same is true for taking small energy efficiency measures in the home.

“It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to making greener choices.

“The Green Aisle helps make this process even easier for people by identifying which products are more environmentally friendly, and likewise understand the positive impact they can have.”

Data from Energy Saving Trust also shows a household can save up to £581 ($751) on energy bills each year if they implement a full range of efficiency measures.

These include the purchase of efficient appliances

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Shopping For Kitchen Rugs? Benefits of Using Canvas Rugs

There are many options when considering kitchen rugs but if the idea of ​​canvas rugs hasn't crossed your mind, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn the many benefits rugs made from canvas … especially in the kitchen.


Interior decorators and home owners utilize kitchen rugs made of canvas for several reasons. Primarily, canvas rugs, also referred to as canvas floor cloths, are extremely easy to maintain. A simple damp mop or rag cleans up spills of food and drink in a jiffy. There is little risk of staining when a protective varnish has been applied. And because the canvas is a tight weave material, with an added varnished finish, neither food particles nor dirt collect underneath.


As the kitchen often receives the highest foot (and paw) traffic, kitchen rugs need to be strong and durable. Canvas rugs can withstand excessive wear due to the durability of the canvas material. And if constructed well with sewn hems as opposed to glue, will hold up extremely well.

Low Threshold

Yet another benefit of using canvas floor cloths as kitchen rugs is their low threshold; placed below kitchen cabinet doors or at entry doors, a canvas rug lays low and flat so as not to bunch up or get in the way.

Furry Family Members

Whether placed at a kitchen door, at the kitchen sink or under a kitchen table, canvas rugs are ideal for a well used room. For the 'paws' in the family, a smaller rug under a feeding or water bowl can really come in handy at keeping things neat and tidy.

Design for Your Decor

Yet another benefit with canvas rugs as kitchen rugs is the versatility in the design one can incorporate. If you search online for "canvas rugs" you'll find a plethora of websites …

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