Kinder Living show brings sustainable homes to Horsham

A brand new sustainable home show, the Kinder Living Show, took place for the first time in Horsham last Saturday. The show was the idea of local interior designer Jeanette Mercer of Fresh Traditions, who was looking for a show where she could have a stand to sell some of her colourful up-cycled furniture. Unable to find the right kind of show locally, she decided to create one.

The businesses involved were mainly small independent Sussex based firms, all offering eco-friendly products and services. They covered everything from architecture and building, heating and plumbing, to renovation and repair.  We were keen to give local homeowners the chance to ask questions and gather information in a friendly environment. Lots of people feel theyd like to be a bit greener at home but it isnt always easy to find information. Our show was all about encouraging people to do what they can when they can.

The show included a competition for local schools, won by Slinfold Primary School, who will receive £150 to spend at Sussex Builders Merchants and Eco Centre Covers, who sponsored the competition. Local magazine publishers, Horsham Publications Ltd, sponsored the show.

There was also a Donation Stationcollecting items such as used ink cartridges and old spectacles, that can be recycled by charities to raise funds. The shows Chari-Teastand continued the theme, serving homemade cakes, Fair-trade tea and coffee in compostable cups and plates. Profits from the Chari-Tea stand are going to Horsham Community Responders, a local charity with trained volunteers who support the ambulance service and help save lives in the local community. Final figures for the recycling are not available yet, but the organisers hope around £200 will have been raised for Horsham Community Responders.

The first time you do anything you always think afterwards of the things you can improve on, but we were delighted by the positive feedback we received and would like to thank all those who supported the show in its first year.

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