Summer outdoors, sustainably with Blue Patch

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Summer outdoors – time to have some fun!

Summer outdoors is absolutely our favourite. Relax with drinks in the garden, long lazy lunches, warm days and, as we discovered, rather a lot of rain too.

What better way to enjoy the season than to celebrate nature in the garden or in your local park! How about hopping on a train and taking a picnic to the countryside?

We’ve a few ideas to bring a taste of the outdoors into your home, or enjoy your outdoor space. You’ll discover what these brands are doing to support sustainability too.

In this summer outdoors round-up we’ve included some great interviews in Instagram TV and news from Elite Renewables. Elite has launched an architectural practice and can make your dream home low-carbon, even to passivhaus standards.

Blue Patch picks for the summer

Denby Pottery has been  making stoneware in Derbyshire since 1809. They are the first UK tableware manufacturer to claim zero process waste to landfill which helps to save 600 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. Enjoy their gorgeous designs whilst dining indoors or outdoors. Studio Blue reflects the colour of summer skies – perfect for outside dining.

Ecoalex designs and builds green roofs for extensions, garages, garden offices, bike sheds and any other place where plants can improve biodiversity, insulation and cooling. This green roof will ensure your summers are filled with the sound of pollinators and sight of butterflies!

Green+Blue creates an innovative, award winning range of products for wildlife and your garden. From bee hotels to bird houses the range is designed to look stunning in your garden whilst providing nesting and resting stations for nature.

Madder Cutch & Co hand screen print linen for home furnishings using only sustainably sourced plant dyes. Beautiful fabrics, hand-made with love and care for the environment. 

Harriet’s Plants are grown in peat-free compost in her glasshouse in Lichfield, Staffordshire. She places great emphasis on propagating and growing, reducing carbon emissions and plastic pollution that comes from overseas importing.

Habitat Aid promotes and sells British native trees, hedging, aquatic plants, wildflower seed and heritage fruit trees, sourced from a community of small UK nurseries and growers. 

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Love HeartWood

Love HeartWood makes wooden gifts, toys and homewares to help families live more simply and sustainably. Each one is handmade by designer and wood turner Liz Pearson. Enjoy summer outdoors with a family picnic complete with a beautiful and sustainable wooden set. 

Instagram Live and other features

In conversation with Rose Fulbright-Vickers

Rose is the founder of Rose Fulbright, a British lifestyle brand offering collections of luxurious loungewear and resort-wear garments along with a selection of accessories. Rose on IGTV and 5 take aways from her interview.

In conversation with Sarah Mccartney

4160 Tuesdays is a London-based sustainable artisan perfumery that also runs courses to teach people how to make and improve their own scents. Read about running a sustainable business, living a sustainable lifestyle and the secrets of scent here. Meet Founder and creator of perfume Sarah on IGTV

In conversation with Oliver Heath

Oliver is founder of Oliver Heath Design Ltd, an architectural and interior design practice focussed on delivering health & wellbeing in the built environment through evidence-based human centred design. You can read 5 take aways from this interview . Meet Oliver on IGTV.

Instagram takeover with Par Avion

Par Avion, a Norfolk-based design partnership took over our Instagram account to showcase their brand and their ethos as well as show us around their workshop and products.

Read about it here > 


Elite Renewables is a fully accredited experienced provider of renewable, mechanical, electrical and plumbing solutions together with architectural and structural consultancy and sustainable design. They have just launched a brand new website for their architectural service. Check it out here.