Introducing Kevin McCloud’s 2017 Green Heroes

Back by popular demand, ‘Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes’ will return to Grand Designs Live London, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements from 29th April – 7th May 2017. This handpicked selection of the best eco-innovations will sit at the heart of the exhibition providing a platform for eco-conscious designers to showcase their innovative designs and products.

Known as the face of the Grand Designs brand, Kevin McCloud has a wide-reaching knowledge of the latest technologies, materials and innovative sustainable practices at work in the construction and interiors market. Building on his experience, Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes, is inspired by his passion for innovative eco-friendly product design and green building products.

See below this year’s list of brands that have been carefully curated by Kevin:

Recycled Silk by Meb Rure
Furniture collection of chairs, stools and ottomans, made from recycled silk  

Made from American white oak the upholstery of this furniture family is created from recycled sari silk from Nepal. The ethnic-inspired design brings a warm and cheerful atmosphere, while colourful silk balls filled with sponge inside each piece provide a comfortable sitting experience. To decrease the carbon footprint during transportation, each leg of the pieces has been designed for easy assembly and disassembly – it can even be done with one hand!

3D printed non-electrical heater than can heat an entire room

Born to combat the waste of continuous electrical energy used for heating domestic environments, Egloo, offers an alternative for fueled heating. The 3D printed design is simple: Egloo features a double-dome layout where the smaller, inner dome heats up quickly, then slowly radiates heat to the outer dome so that the unit remains safe enough to touch. The design only takes about five minutes to reach its highest heat and with four candles inside it, will last long enough to heat a 20-square-meter (215-square-foot) space for up to five hours.

Piñatex by Ananas Anam
Piñatex is a sustainable alternative to leather, made from pineapple leaf fibres

Piñatex is a sustainable alternative to leather, made from pineapple leaf fibres. As a by-product of the pineapple harvest, the raw material requires no additional land, water, fertiliser or pesticide to produce, and provides an additional income stream to pineapple farmers. Ananas Anam is collaborating directly with farmers in the Philippines to create a vibrant, stable industry that supports social and economic community development.

The Used Kitchen Company
The original and most extensive online marketplace for used and ex-display kitchens

This service makes great ecological and financial sense for buyers and sellers alike, offering hundreds of high quality designer kitchens at greatly reduced prices, often at up to 70% off RRP.

Transparent Speaker
Sustainably produced, aesthetically unique speakers

Stripped of all but the most essential functions, made sustainably and harnessing tech where needed, Transparent Speaker is a distillation of the essentials that make a speaker fit with our modern lives. Built-in amplifier features and embedded digital signal processing (DSP) translate into a rich, full, balanced sound and is compatible with Apple’s Airport Express or Googles Chromecast Audio dongle for high resolution music over Wi-Fi.

Wallpapering by Dear Human
Modular acoustic tiles made from recycled paper

Wallpapering is a totally handmade process, making each new tile different from the last. Combining different paper types creates all sorts of new exciting variations. Paper is pressed into air release dyes, which is similar to the process of creating industrial ceramic tiles. As a result, it’s still strong and durable, but can be printed and painted on like normal paper.

A unique, composite material, created from bio-resins and wool from hill-farmed sheep

This hard yet warm material can be used to build chairs, countertops and even baths. Through innovative design, Solidwool has found a way to address multiple problems, while simultaneously creating a high-value product that can serve many purposes.

Turning newspaper back to wood

This material can be treated like most other wood products by cutting, milling, sanding, and finishing with paint or varnish. It reverses the traditional production process, not from wood to paper but from newspaper to wood.

Biomass Light by Jay Watson Design
A pendant lamp made from fallen ash branches

Inspired by biomass heating systems that re-use natural and urban residue to produce heat and electricity with less impact on the environment, Jay Watson developed the idea of using forest-foraged materials for his latest ‘eco’ lighting design. The raw beauty of nature meets the latest high-tech, energy-saving lighting solutions in the form of ultra-efficient LED fittings, hot white (2700K, 90CRI) and rated to 75,000 hours.

Grand Designs Live is the ultimate destination for home owners and self-builders and returns to London Excel from 29th April – 7th May 2017.