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From the EDITOR
This month we’re leading the way by creating the first national homes magazine that’s produced on 100-per-cent recycled paper. It’s the way forward. The GDM team is thrilled; editor-in-chief Kevin McCloud is delighted; and we hope that you’ll all feel that bit greener, too. After all, using recycled materials and products from eco sources are high on the list for all grand designers. In fact, just like our paper, my favourite house in this month’s issue meets exacting sustainable standards – although homeowners Jim Lucas and Jennifer Mole are not eco warriors and admit it wasn’t a green agenda that drove their design. Instead, they’re quietly sustainable, moving from London to the Scottish Borders to build a contemporary and liveable family home. The super-eco status of the house grew quite organically via their architect; turn to p52 to read the story of their build from start to finish. It’s a truly inspiring tale. And if you want more sustainable solutions, see p28 for a round-up of clever-yet-simple ideas, or scour your free windows and doors magazine, which is packed with advice and products. Other houses this month include a renovated farmhouse in France (p64), a Victorian property in London with a striking modern extension (p76), plus a seaside new-build in South Africa that mixes show-stopping design with a stunning location (p88).
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EDITOR’S CHOICE ECO IDEAS
One to watch ‘As well as being made totally from recycled and recyclable materials, Vax’s innovative EV vacuum cleaner also uses its own cardboard box as a component. It’s currently just a prototype, but I’m excited to hear that Vax is looking at a limited-edition run.’ (0844 412 8455; vax.co.uk)
Get set to scan
‘With the free GoodGuide smartphone app, you can scan your groceries and immediately discover their environmental impact. Based on data from 1,000 sources, over 120,000 products have been given green, health and social-responsibility scores. I can’t wait to see how mine tally up.’ (goodguide.com)
A bright design ‘I’ve seen plenty of recycling bins, but I love Wesco’s Push Two steel design that comes in seven bold colours. Each has two 25L sections and costs £191.99.’ (01363 881 174; wesco-bin.co.uk)