Getting decent curtains or blinds on your windows will boost your home's energy efficiency, but the new Greenscreen Sea-Tex blinds from Style Studio go a step further: they're made using recycled plastic waste recovered from our seas.
Lorna McAleer from Style Studio explains: "We take plastic waste from coastal locations, rather than deep in the oceans, to make this product, because it is the most efficient way to clean them up and avoid damaging the global ecosystems.
"The recycled plastic is then sorted, cleverly processed and spun into Bionic yarn that's used within the woven structure of the fabric. Fifty per cent of the fabric's weight is recovered ocean plastic, 125 grams per square metre. This means 500 homes, each with five standard sized window blinds (1.86sqm), will have removed 580 kilograms of plastic from the shorelines."
She adds: "It puts the durability of plastic to great use – as opposed to it polluting our seas – while helping to clean up our seasides. A PET bottle, generally the plastic used in this fabric, takes around 450 years to degrade; much better to enjoy this long durability to help to deliver light control and privacy in a home than it destroy our sealife."
The Greenscreen Sea-Tex range (from £92 for a made-to-measure window blind) features semi-transparent fabric in five neutral shades. As well as helping to prevent heat loss through windows, the blinds also filter sunlight, are PVC free, fire retardant and recyclable.