Introducing Forever 100% recycled fabrics - from Lifestyle Furniture

A Greener Lifestyle: Forever 100% Recycled Fabrics

We need to talk about plastic.

Since Leo Baekeland created the first fully synthetic plastic in 1907 — the tough as old boots ‘Bakelite’ — we’ve been hooked. We’ve been obsessed. We just can’t get enough. From car parts to ketchup bottles, toothbrushes to t-shirts, we’ve used it in everything.

And why not? It’s light. It’s cheap. It’s just so incredibly versatile.

Are you sitting comfortably? Chances are it’s thanks to the synthetic plastic fibres that form a large proportion of your comfy seat, giving your rear a cosy treat. Did you grab a pre-work coffee this morning? Along with the often entirely plastic lid, disposable takeaway coffee cups are completely coated in the stuff to prevent leakages. But maybe you’re more of a ‘good strong cuppa’ person? Surprise! There might be plastic in your teabags.

Being so useful and flexible means it’s almost impossible to get through your day without coming into contact with some form of plastic. But just because it’s everywhere doesn’t mean it’s good for us — or for our planet.

Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash.
A single use plastic bottle found on a beach. Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash.

The plastic problem.

By now, we’re all facing up to reality: as a species, we have a serious plastic problem, and our reliance on it is causing untold damage to the world around us.

Sometimes it gets recycled. Most of the time it ends up in landfill. When it’s dumped it just sits there, taking anywhere between 400 to 1,000 years to break down and decompose, all the while releasing harmful toxins into soil and surrounding water sources.

Then there’s our oceans. We’ll never forget the mix of unrelenting sadness, horror and anger we felt watching the BBC’s Blue Planet II; dolphins playing with discarded plastic bags, the heartbreaking footage of a mother pilot whale mourn the death of her calf — poisoned as a result of plastic pollution.

The numbers are simply staggering: there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic littering the world’s oceans, and it is estimated that up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in the sea every year.

Plastic bottle found in the ocean. Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash.
Plastic bottle found in the ocean. Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash.

Turning the tide.

Though the statistics are grim, there’s a lot of room for hope.

Thanks to the huge efforts of conservationists and campaigners — along with a helpful push from “The Blue Planet Effect”; Sir David Attenborough’s stark warnings having been seen, heard and listened to by more than 14 million viewers — many individuals, households and businesses have been spurred into action, cracking down on those problem single-use plastics.

Positive change is happening, and we can all do our bit.

Dolphins playing. Photo by Ranae Smith on Unsplash.
Dolphins playing. Photo by Ranae Smith on Unsplash.

Introducing Forever: Sumptuous sofas with 100% recycled fabrics.

As a family-run business on the Isle of Man, the world’s only entire nation UNESCO Biosphere, we’re well aware of our responsibility to our environment, and our need to leave a better, cleaner world for future generations.

That’s why at Lifestyle Furniture, we’re delighted to offer our sumptuous sofas in a beautiful new range of Forever 100% recycled fabrics.

Available in a dazzling choice of styles and colours, Forever fabrics are made from 100% recycled yarns — perfect if you’re trying to lead a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.

Luxuriously soft and extremely hardwearing, the recycled polyester yarns that make up Forever fabrics begin life as a mix of regular recycled plastic bottles, repurposed ocean waste plastics and upcycled cotton garments. Because producing these yarns doesn’t require any petroleum, which would normally be used to create standard ‘new’ polyester, CO2 emissions are reduced by an astonishing 75%.

The yarns are then woven into the gorgeous 100% recycled fabrics that make up our lovely, super comfy, eco-friendly sofas.

They’re also brilliantly easy to clean, meaning you don’t have to buy any harmful chemicals to keep them looking and feeling at their very best.

Love your home, love your world.

Pop into the Lifestyle Furniture showroom at Snugborough Trading Estate, Union Mills to try out one of our Forever fabric sofas for yourself.

You won’t believe how beautifully soft and cosy they are – and they’re currently available on special offer in our sensational Summer Sale.

Click here for directions and opening times.

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Summer at Home with Lifestyle

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”

Summer. What is it to you?

Long, lazy days soaking up the rays by the beach? Sheltering in the shade with a cheeky Calippo? Throwing the paddling pool at the kids while you nurse something sweet, fruity and just a little boozy from the comfort of your favourite sun lounger?

Sheer. Bliss.

As the mercury hits “please stop, I’m melting” and rain clouds become but a distant memory—well, maybe not so much here on our loveably unpredictable island—the primal pull of the great outdoors becomes irresistible. But what about the great indoors?

For us at Lifestyle, summer is vibrant, vivacious, dazzling. It’s light and life; warmth and nostalgia. Reflecting all that seasonal colour, energy and brightness in your home’s décor is a wonderful way to connect with those glorious summer vibes all year round.

And as you get ready for sunny days to come, we’ve chosen a few favourites to help inspire your own Summer at Home. True to our ethos, each piece of furniture has been hand-picked to give you a diverse choice of items, pairing pristine quality and on trend interior design.

Want to take a closer peek at our stylish selection? Visit our showroom to enjoy special offers on our Summer at Home items and more. To keep you safe as you shop, we have extensive measures in place including hand sanitiser, floor markings, gloves and safety signs.

You can also book your very own Personal Appointment between 5pm – 8pm weekdays, or at a time that suits you best. Simply contact us by phone or email.

Sitting Pretty.

From the sun lounger to sumptuous lounging.

Whether you’re considering a cosy cuddler or a spacious corner, a brand new sofa is a joyful thing.

Let's Dine.

It’s not all barbecues.

On those long summer evenings, these gorgeous dining tables, benches and chairs make beautiful use of natural wood, bringing the al fresco feel indoors.

Raising the Bar.

Now here’s a treat.

Beautiful, refined and just little indulgent, a bar and wine rack is a delightful addition to your dining and entertaining space.

Perfect for reliving those summer holiday memories… and making brand new ones!

Enjoy Summer at Home with Lifestyle.

For special offers on these items and more, visit the Lifestyle Furniture showroom. We’re open 7 days a week.

Spring Refresher

Spring Refresher: 5 ways to bring the sunshine into your home

There’s no doubt we’re living through strange times.

Embarking on the morning coffee run. Popping to the shops for a good mooch. Seeing out a long week in your favourite haunt, surrounded by all your besties.

Everything we knew has been flipped. And for so many of us, adjusting to our new isolated lives has been difficult. It’s a struggle that’s particularly magnified here on our beloved Island, where our sense of community means so much to us.

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone? (Thank you, Joni Mitchell!)

Though we’re more physically apart than ever, we’ve all been brought together in our efforts to protect society’s most vulnerable. We share a single powerful purpose: wash your hands, stay indoors and save lives.

While we’re all getting used to the new normal, we’ve temporarily shut our showroom’s doors here at Lifestyle Furniture. However, our wonderful team is still on hand to help you source the perfect piece for your home. It just might take a little longer than usual…!

And while you’re safe indoors, we also want to inspire you.

Is there any sweeter feeling than pulling back the curtains first thing, fully expecting another cold and murky morning, only to be met with warming rays of Manx sunshine?

Spring is in full bloom. And yes, it’s not quite the season we were all expecting. Luckily, there’s still so much you can do to let the light in!

Here are five top tips to refresh your home’s look this spring, creating a bright and breezy vibrant space ready for the sunnier months.

Grab a cuppa, snuggle up, and let your creativity flow.

1. Shelf Life

Subtle and elegant. Weird and wonderful.

Whatever your style, a new eye-catching object or ornament can liven up the most barren of bookcases, mantelpieces and coffee tables.

Lovely to look at—and wonderful conversation starters!

2. Flower Power

Daffodils

The easiest way to freshen up a room? Bring the blossoming outdoors in.

There’s nothing like the natural beauty of flowers and plants to add that spring fresh feel, with vivid colours and scents flowing into every corner of your home.

3. Revivify with Rugs

Think of a rug as the final ingredient that brings a room together.

Be bold. Be brilliant. Experiment with zesty colours and striking patterns for vibrant bursts of indoor sunshine.

4. Sofa? So Good!

Has your couch seen better days? Perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.

‘Chunky’ furniture is particularly trendy in 2020, making deep, super-cosy, sink-in sofas a homely and stylish choice.

Click here to take a look at some of our loveliest and comfiest, from cuddler chairs to 2, 3 and 4 seaters and modular corner sofas.

5. New Bed Time

What could be more refreshing than a good night’s sleep? A solid 7-8 hours can boost your mood, keep your heart healthy, and help you deal with the stresses of everyday life.

And studies show you can get up to 42 minutes extra sleep in a brand new bed. So, when you choose a comfy new bed and mattress it isn’t just a luxury—it’s an investment in your health and wellbeing!

Here at Lifestyle, we think you’ll love our Somnus luxury beds from Harrison Spinks.

Based in Yorkshire, the master bedmaker’s creations start life on a 300-acre farm, where prize sheep provide the all-natural, sustainable mattress fillings. Coupled with the company’s innovative Sensa Intelligent Pocket Springs, these are beds that are perfectly designed to support your body, giving you the rest of your life.

Ready to spruce your space?

Inspire your spring transformation with our eclectic range of living, bedroom, dining and kids bedroom furniture, along with our dazzling selection of décor and lighting.

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