Buildings, homes, furniture and furnishings

Don't forget charity shops, e-Bay, Freegle and Freecycle, all of which can help you to make a home by re-using and upcycling other people's unwanted stuff.

  

DIY

 

B&Q
Shannon Commercial Centre, Beverley Way, New Malden KT3 4PT, and national

About us: "B&Q is proud to have been recognised as one of the UK's 60 Best Green Companies…We've got the experts on board. B&Q are proud to have partnered with sustainability professionals BioRegional to bring you the One Planet Home® range....B&Q only buy responsibly sourced wood. We are against illegal logging. With B&Q, it's easier to protect the world's forests."

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "We notice that this branch of B&Q now claims to be the greenest, to use a ground source heat pump for energy and rain water to water their plants - impressive!"

Phone: 020 8336 3500

Website: http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/templates/content_lookup.jsp?content=/content/marketing/one_planet_home/index.jsp&menu=eco

 

GENERAL/RECYCLING

 

JunkWize
11 Nightingale Court, 54 Thrale Road, SW16 1NY (We are active across London and we have done, and continue to do, much work in Kingston.)  

About us: "JunkWize is a rubbish removal company which uses low carbon emission trucks and holds a licence from the Environment Agency. We only work with highly regarded specialist recycling agencies and our weekly environmentally focused blogs are well known. We have written for various respected organisations including Clean Up Britain, London Remade and Blue & Green Tomorrow... Our first objective will be to work with our recycling partners, using licensed landfill as a last resort. Being responsible citizens and caring for the environment is an extra benefit of using JunkWize."  

Green awards and accreditations: Environment Agency Licence  

Phone: 0800 644 0677  

Website: http://www.junkwize.com/domestic   

Email: enquiries@junkwize.com 



HOUSES

 

The Cave Co-operative
Siddeley House,  50 Canbury Park Road, Kingston KT2 6LX

About us: "Cave Co-operative is a sustainable architectural practice with a social business model. Cave focus on sustainable construction techniques and design solutions that bring out the full potential of a project whilst minimising environmental impact."

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "Very friendly and approachable - green thinking well explained."

Phone: 020 8549 7532  

Website: http://www.cave.coop/

Email: info@cave.coop  

 

The Invisible Painter  
Abbeville Mews,  88 Clapham Park Rd,  London SW4 7BX

About us: "Our success is based on combining experienced, fully qualified residential and commercial decorators and painters, rigorous quality control and flexible hours of working. Our desire to be invisible even extends to the use of eco-paints with no smell if that is what you need. According to our clients we are one of the best painting and decorating companies in London." The Invisible Painter is based in Clapham but serves the Kingston area. They use only eco-friendly paints that are free from odour and volatile organic compounds, and all their vans have Euro 5 engines which makes them more efficient and less polluting

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment:

Phone: 0207 622 7999

Website: http://theinvisiblepainter.co.uk

Email: http://theinvisiblepainter.co.uk/contact/

 

Parity Projects
Unit 2301-231 Riverside Business Centre, Haldane Place, London, SW18 4UQ

About us: "We specialise in helping homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. We offer award-winning home energy assessments, contract specification and project management services."

Green awards and accreditations: Ashden Awards 2012, Sustainable Housing Award 2011, RetroExpo Award 2013

Phone: 0208 874 4633

Website: www.parityprojects.com

Email: info@parityprojects.com

 

Save the World Club
Unit 6 Park Works, 16 – 18 Park Road, Kingston KT2 6BG

About us: "We create bespoke mosaic murals and works of art, and run mosaic and arts workshops, activities and training. Our mission is to promote environmental action and self-empowerment through humour, art, education and entertainment. SWC aims to promote the protection and improvement of the natural environment by increasing public knowledge and understanding of human behaviour which is not harmful to the Earth. We also raise awareness through our creative environmental profile and activities."

Green awards and accreditations: Kingston Society Biennial Award for Environmental Improvements Nov 2004; Winner – Queen’ s Award for Voluntary Service 2004; Winner UK’s Best New Charity – Charity Times Magazine 2003; Mayor of London Certificate for Services to London 2003; Kingston Society Biennial Award for Townscape Improvements Dec 2002; SWC Youth representative Aaron Perry was winner of Kingston’s Young Person’s Award for Civic & Community Action 2004.

Phone: +44 (0) 20 8974 8608

Website: www.savetheworldclub.org 

Email: info@savetheworldclub.org 

 

Simon Bain Building Services
Kingston

About us: "We are highly skilled team offering building, design, restoration and decorating services throughout South West London. [Simon Bain]: I can install various eco-friendly materials into and onto houses etc. I have renovated my own houses with many eco-friendly materials, and with my experience of such materials I can advise clients and give practical help."

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "Simon took part in Green Open House weekend in 2012, and his houses are truly impressive."

Phone: 020 8546 0053 or 07887780545

Website: www.simonbain.co.uk

Email: simon@simonbain.co.uk

 

Simone Kay Stained Glass
2 Fairfield Corner, Hawks Road, Kingston KT1 3BX

About us: " We design and manufacture stained glass windows and also offer a service to repair, in situ if possible, broken stained glass windows. We try to make our business as green as possible by using reclaimed glass in our designs. When we replace a window we keep the old glass and design windows that incorporate old textures. We offer a service to triple-glaze stained glass, with obvious insulation benefits, the outer piece of glass having extra thermal insulation qualities. We are currently trialling LED lighting for the interior of our shop/ studio. When we are cold we put on extra clothes. We eat organically and support the local food supplier From the Ground Up."

Green awards and accreditations: Runner-up Green Guardian Award 2008

TTK comment: "Simone is also a leading member of KUTLETS [see our Useful green links] and a community activist."

Phone: 020 8287 7743

Website: www.stainedglass-artists.co.uk

Email: simone@stainedglass.freeserve.co.uk

 

Smart Communities Energy Audits
Richmond and Kingston

About us: Smart Communities is part of a charity giving free practical help to households on cutting energy bills. Our experienced assessors can visit your home to review your energy consumption and habits, and analyse your heating and insulation. They can also fit a few free items of energy saving equipment, such as an energy-saving monitor and insulation. The visit takes about an hour and can take place on weekdays between 10.00am and 8.00 pm.

Green awards and accreditations:

Phone: 020 8546 5471

Website: http://www.swlen.org.uk/our-work/saving-energy/

Email: clive.messenger@blueyonder.co.uk

 

UnSkip.com
Online only

About us: "UnSkip aims to help recycle resources that are found in people's skips when they hire them. The idea is simple. You register your skip and skip contents, and others can do a search to see what's available near them. The overall benefits include: • Landfill will be reduced • Upcycling and recycling will be encouraged • Skipdivers and recyclers in the local community will gain access to resources • Anyone hiring a skip will have less costs as items will be removed from the skip • Skip hire companies will pay less in landfill tax • Skip hire companies also have an opportunity to enhance their green credentials"

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "One for skip-divers and upcyclers everywhere."

Phone:

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Website: www.unskip.com

Email:info@unskip.com

 

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS                                        

 

Chest of Drawers
138 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1PU

About us: "We are thrilled to have been awarded the Guardian's Sustainable Business award at a presentation ceremony in York Way, London. We won in the supply chain category, primarily in recognition of our work in establishing an Environmental Grading system - our way of conveying environmental and ethical information to our customers. The award is a huge credit to our workshops and customers too, all of whom have recognised the importance of making furniture responsibly, and of course furniture that will last! We were in very salubrious company that night, and it made us proud that as a relatively small, independent business we too can match the innovations of some of the country's biggest corporations. Of course the work does not end here, and we will continue to think of ways to make our business more responsible and environmentally friendly."

Green awards and accreditations: 2011 winner of The Guardian Sustainable Business supply chain award

TTK comment: "Beautiful furniture with a conscience - very friendly too. They also donate a % of takings to the World Land Trust to offset their transport carbon emissions. Congratulations on getting a national award for sustainable sourcing! Unfortunately the Kingston branch closed down in October 2014, so our nearest one is now in Chiswick."

Phone: 020 8995 4494  

Website: www.chestofdrawers.co.uk

Email: 

 

Freddie's Flowers  

About us: "As all our flowers are locally sourced where possible, and we have direct relationships with all our growers, we are a sustainable flower delivery company. As we choose delivery day by postcode we are also able to cut down hugely on our carbon footprint, and by collecting and re-using boxes we keep recycling at the forefront of everything we do." 

Green awards and accreditations 

TTK comment: "Not cheap, but every delivery is a lovely surprise - and cancelling the weekly order on-line works just fine." 

Phone: 0207 801 6241 

Website: www.freddiesflowers.com 

Email: freddie@freddiesflowers.com

        

The Furniture Shop (Princess Alice Hospice)
27 Old London Road, Kingston KT2 6ND

About us: Free furniture collection service, as well as a large second-hand furniture shop in central Kingston.

Green awards and accreditaions:

TTK comment: "A useful way of recycling unwanted but good quality furniture, or of picking up a bargain - and it all goes to a good local cause."

Phone: Shop enquiries 020 8547 2479; furniture collection 020 8547 2710

Website:

Email:

 

John Lewis
Clarence Street, Kingston and national

About us: "We care about the environment. We make every effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to promote good environmental practice. … We aim to minimise the environmental impact of our buildings, by ensuring they are all built responsibly and operate sustainably. See http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk/csr/our-environment.html - and look out for the new green target symbol on products to identify the most sustainable ones. In April 2013 John Lewis launched its "sofa reuse scheme, which sees ‘end of first life’ sofas collected by the retailer from customers’ homes, then reused and/or recycled in conjunction with local charities [locally, Kingston Community Furniture - see below] to support disadvantaged communities."

Green awards and accreditations: The Carbon Trust Standard

TTK comment: "We like the the partnership ethos, the commitment to the local community and charities and to sustainability, and notice that our local John Lewis turns off some escalators at less busy times and joined in the 2013 Big Switch Off to save energy - well done!"

Phone: 

Website: http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk

Email:

 

Kingston Eco-op - Community Furniture
1 - 3, Dollary Court, Dollary Parade, Kingston Rd, Kingston KT1 3PD

About us: Recycled furniture, appliances and bikes for sale at affordable prices. "We collect unwanted quality reusable furniture for redistribution to people on low incomes. This has greatly benefited the environment as we have diverted the equivalent of more than 18 Routemaster buses from landfill. Since October 2005 we have redistributed furniture back into the local community to over a thousand households benefiting over six thousand people.  We operate in most KT postal areas.

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment:

Phone: 020 8942 5500  

Website: http://www.kingstoncommunityfurniture.org.uk

Email: info@kcfurniture.org.uk 

                                                         

37 Old London Road Interiors
37 Old London Road, Kingston

About us: "We offer a contemporary, eclectic collection of reworked, upcycled furnishings for stylish interiors… we combine vintage items with traditional techniques to rework forgotten furniture and create unique, modern furnishings to decorate your home." 

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment:

Phone: 020 8541 4774  

Website:

Email: mail@37oldlondonroad.co.uk

 

Warren Evans
2 Brook Street, Kingston KT1 2HA, and national

About us: A national bed maker with a showroom in Kingston. Has been hand making beds in London for over 30 years, combining traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology. "The end result is a bed frame and furniture of outstanding quality and 100% ethically produced."

Green awards and accreditations: several! (see www.warrenevans.com/about_us/our_ethics/). The first bed-making company to use only FSC-certified red pine wood made from responsibly sourced forests.

TTK comment:

Phone: 020 8972 8880

Website: www.warrenevans.com

Email: deanmorley@warrenevans.com

 

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