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The TV presenter and designer reveals his favourite eco-friendly brands and products promoting sustainable living ahead of Grand Designs Live at the NEC. 

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Inspired by his passion for state-of-the-art eco-friendly product design and green building products, Kevin McCloud’s ‘Green Heroes’ will return to Grand Designs Live at the NEC from 10 - 14 October 2018.

Each brand and product has been selected and hand-picked by Kevin, showcasing the very best eco-innovations, for home builders, owners and design enthusiasts. With an array of eco friendly initiatives at this year's exhibition, they will sit right at the heart, providing a platform for eco-conscious creators to present their latest innovative designs.

Here's this year’s list of brands that have been carefully curated by Kevin:

Musiccloth by Rehyphen - woven material made from recycled cassette tapes

Kitchen with wooden beams and materials made from Rehyphen musiccloth, woven material made from recycled cassettes, Kevin McCloud's Green Heroes showcased at Grand Designs Live 2018 -kevin-mccloud-granddesignsmagazine.com

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Tackling the issue of the obsolete nature of past technologies, Rehyphen uses the tape from cassette tapes, manipulating them into a durable and aesthetically pleasing material which can be used for a variety of items from art to fashion. This upcycling initiative aims to reduce and eliminate e-waste while giving life to a new product.

Yirego‘S Drumi by Yirego - a non-electric personal washing machine 

Kevin McCloud's Green Hero for 2018, Yirego have created Drumi a non-electric personal washing machine which will be showcased at Grand Designs Live 2018 -kevin-mccloud-granddesignsmagazine.com

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Requiring no electricity, reducing home carbon emissions and reducing water usage for each wash load, Drumi by Yirego, could change the way we do laundry forever. Creating ethical, eco-friendly household products that provide both better everyday living and simple solutions for your household tasks; Yirego’s products all embody the ethos to ‘consume less’.

Scoby by Roza Janusz - a biological, fully edible, fully recyclable packaging solution

Zero-waste wrap packaging for food and plants called Scoby by Roza Janusz, Kevin Mccloud's Green Heroes showcased at Grand Designs Live 2018 -kevin-mccloud-granddesignsmagazine.com

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SCOBY by Roza Janusz can be grown by producers to wrap their products and bring them to clients with zero waste. This edible and recyclable product is created from waste fermentation, which takes place in shallow containers.

SCOBY looks to reinvent traditional food conservation techniques to fit to the modern world, fighting addiction to single-used plastic and food waste.

Tala - an award-winning eco-conscious lighting brand

Eco lighting that helps to reduce carbon emissions from Tala, Kevin McCloud's Green Heroes showcased at Grand Designs Live 2018 -kevin-mccloud-granddesignsmagazine.com

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Founded on the premise that good design can help mitigate climate change, perfectly echoing the ethos behind Kevin’s Green Heroes, Tala believe that beautiful objects and efficient technology belong together.

Combining the best of British design with superior componentry, selecting methods and materials on their environmental impact, and remaining committed to reducing carbon emissions in the atmosphere. 

Bamboo Bicycle Club - recyclable, build-it yourself, sustainable and stylish bicycles

Bamboo Bicycle Club sustainable bike in black, Kevin McCloud's Green Heroes showcased at Grand Designs Live 2018 -kevin-mccloud-granddesignsmagazine.com

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Returning Green Hero brand, Bamboo Bicycle Club, are committed to enabling people to build cutting-edge bikes that are sustainable and can be completely recycled after many years of usage. 

Bamboo has ideal properties, with vibration dampening effects, any bumps in the road seem to be effortlessly absorbed. Academic research credits bamboo as an ideal material for bicycle building, giving everyone the opportunity to build a bike from scratch, regardless of being young or old, a cycle enthusiast or beginner, an experienced mechanic or novice.

Lucentia Design - original design utilising recycled materials

Lucentia Designs dining table place mats made from recycled materials, Kevin Mccloud's Green Heroes showcased at Grand Designs Live 2018 -kevin-mccloud-granddesignsmagazine.com

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Using plastics at the end of their useful lives, returning Green Hero brand Lucentia Deign recycle them into new sheet material. Working with acrylics, polycarbonates and vinyl creating beautiful panels with a myriad of finishes. Their latest polycarbonate sheet encapsulates shredded £5 notes that have been taken off the market.

Corrugated Hemp Fibres by Margent Farm - affordable eco-structures with plant-based material

Margent Farm eco-structures and plant-based materials, Kevin McCloud's Green Heroes showcased at Grand Designs Live 2018 -kevin-mccloud-granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: Margent Farm

Using hemp within the structure of a building is carbon negative, due to the carbon dioxide within the hemp plant being locked away for the life of the life of building. Margent Farm use corrugated hemp in a building as it is better for insulation, cost and better for Planet Earth. 

See Kevin McCloud's Green Hereos this week at Grand Designs Live at Birmingham's NEC, where Bamboo Bicycle Club, Lucentia Design and Hemp Fibres by Margent Farm will run live demonstrations of their products everyday of the show from 11am - 4pm. 

Which Green Hero are you most excited about seeing at Grand Designs Live 2018? Tweet us @granddesignsmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.


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