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Refrain + Sustain

From our architectural design and interiors to the homeware brands we sell, we value sustainability highly.

Minimising our impact on the environment and maximising the implementation of sustainable initiatives by creating high quality and environmentally friendly buildings is very dear to our heart.

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Over the past decade, the phrase ‘sustainable design’ has become an increasingly familiar refrain in our lives. We all know by now that  it’s absolutely not enough to simply bring a a canvas tote bag to the supermarket anymore.  To begin with, it just seemed like a really good idea; something we should all be supporting in whatever ways we can. But now it is becoming increasingly urgent. The recently released Global Assessment report by respected UN research body IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), which combines the findings of nearly 15,000 international studies, reveals that time is running out to save the plants, animals and insects that support human life on Earth. Unless we change our lifestyles (and quickly), some unpleasant shocks lie ahead.

Within the short space of just a few months, a previously unknown virus has awakened us to the basic fact that we are more vulnerable, smaller and more fragile than we thought. It has made us aware of the fact that there is a close link between people’s health and the health of the environment. This experience, unprecendeted on such a scale in modern times, has made us evaluate what is ‘good’ in our lives and realise that rather than the pursuit of money & status, we as consumers are collectively beginning to seek balance and simplicity, along with greater connection to family, community and the environment as foundations of a life well lived.  Our world has narrowed as we have been locked down, our horizons shortened but our focus has been sharpened to what really matters; the immediate world around us, the quality of what we procure and the spaces we live within.  The fragility of life is impossible to ignore and making the world a better place for our children is paramount.

Our Values

From our architectural design and build practice through to the homeware brands we sell,  these are values that we hold very dear here at The English Listed.  As an organisation, we aim to minimise our impact on the environment and maximise the implementation of sustainable initiatives wherever possible by creating sustainable, high quality and environmentally friendly buildings. Whether it be the restoration of a period home or a new build property, you can be assured that we have considered this.

Our Architectural Design and build

We encourage our clients to opt for low carbon heat technology as much as possible, such as ground and air source heat pumps and we ensure the specifications of our buildings place emphasis on excellent insulation and U-values.  We’re also increasingly fitting electric car chargers.

Using natural materials is at the heart of every project we do, from using timber, the most sustainable material on the planet wherever possible in a design to ecologically-sound paints, that are made in the UK and which carry the industry’s lowest eco-rating, with VOC content now virtually zero. This means you don’t need to worry about solvent contributions to the atmosphere or any respiratory issues, or the smell; they are virtually odourless and oil based paints that have been formulated using sustainable vegetable oils, without compromising on their unrivalled quality. Our joinery workshop uses accoya where possible for th eproduction of our windows,  the timber industry benchmark for performance and sustainability; sustainably sourced with FSC® certification and with minimal environmental impact throughout its entire life.  Wherever possible, we will seek to use construction materials that have been recycled such as insulation. Where relevant, we encourage clients to plant – and are currently working on several projects where planting is at the heart of the design.

Our Policies

In terms of our own practice and policies, we are investing in a fleet of company electric vehicles as well as encouraging our team to cycle to work.  Sawdust from our joinery workshop is re-used as bio-mass fuel to avoid unnecessary wastage and we ensure that our building sites are efficient in their recycling.

Brands we like 

In this globalised and complex world, we want to keep things simple and local!  From smaller craft brands which have had an ethical mission statement from the start and innovative collectives trying to change the world as and when they can, to some of our more established suppliers who are  moving forward with  eco-friendly ranges, we have lots of excellent initiatives when it comes to furnishing your home.

Here, we’ve picked out some of our favourite sustainable homewares  products brands to help make your house a greener place to be, and more globally to look after the world.


Vera Z 

Vera Frederiksen Zhotkevich is a felt-maker and a textile artist, living in Sweden. Using materials found within nature, the Scandinavian epos and lore have been her inspiration for a long time. Vera uses primarily reused/redeployed fabric, then  dyes the textile either with biodegradable acid-dyes or with plants from her own garden and surroundings to achieve beautifully simple, wholly natural artefacts.  Read more about Vera’s techniques here.

Vera Z vessels from £14.99



I love Eco Essentials

A beautifully produced and designed collection of skincare products from Denmark made by a group of self proclaimed fundamentalistic eco-geeks, who have worked themselves into a passionate lather (pun intended) about creating products that don´t harm the environment in ANY way! They are fearlessly shaping a sustainable future – while providing you with the very best top-of-the-range luxe quality products for your body. And no need to worry about your waste water while using ILEE products – there´s not an iota of microplastic in sight! Which means that ground water, marine life and future generations are safe!

I Love Eco Essentials – Cucumber Cloud (Aromatic Mist) 200ml £35
I love Eco Essentials- Squeaky Clean Hand Soap 250ml £22
I Love Eco Essentials – Soft touch hand cream 200ml £25


Green and Blue

Solitary bees are facing massive decline and this is in part, due to habitat loss.  Many people also have an instinct when they see bees to try and shoo them away or even kill them. This habit is caused by fear, as when they feel threatened bees can cause a rather painful sting. However, this sting is the last resort of bees who feel that their life is endangered as stinging someone will actually cause the bee to die.

To help bees flourish in your garden, we sell a collection of bee-autifully designed bee-encouraging products.  This award winning range of bee hotels look stylish on their own own in the garden, allotment or balcony and can also be incorporated into building to create attractive nesting sites within the walls of houses or gardens, garages etc.  By using our range of bee bricks you are helping create new places for bees to nest in.  More habitat encourages these vital pollinators into yuor garden, great news for your planting – and because solitary bees don’t have a queen or honey to protect, they are non-aggressive and safe around children and pets.


Clickhere to see our full range of bee bricks and bee hotels available in store and online now £18.75 – £49.00

You can also see a fabulous short film here showcasing Green and Blue: the awesome company who lovingly fabricates the Beepots and Bricks from their workshop in Cornwall.


Below:  Beebricks and Pots by The English Listed




We are constantly seeking out new brands that share the same sustainability values as us.  Click here to see a selection of other ecologically produced products  available in store and online now!