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Don’t you hate it when that kettle you bought a few months back breaks or the frying pan you only bought just 6 months ago already looks worse for wear?  I know I do.

The world has changed so much since I was a child with products being made to be more disposable and cheaper by the day.  The shelf life of just about everything seems to have diminished drastically.  The result is landfills full of products that won’t decompose and in some cases leak harmful substances into the surrounding environment.

Many of us want to help fight the throw away trend.  We can now buy a large range of products for the home from companies such as Made to Last that will last the test of time and save you money.  We all know inferior / cheaper products are not cost effective in the long run.  Making a change and buying longer lasting products is of course preferable.  This company aims to help customers distinguish between cheap and good value for money to get the most value for our hard earned pounds.

Long Lasting Sustainable Products For The Home

Made to last is a British company that provides a mix of products many of which are far more sustainable compared to those from many other companies.  Products include electricals, homeware, kitchenware, home furnishings and outdoor items.  They also have guarantees of varying lengths depending on what you buy.  The guarantee lengths are clearly display on the site and allow us to make an informed purchase.  Their products are made in the British Isles and sold in Britain and with Brexit if you believe what you hear, it’s even more important to support home-grown companies.


Choosing the right bed is a must.  It’s a essential item we rely on daily and can affect our health.  It is best to get it right the first time around.  Quality products are always more economical in the long run so work out as a good investment.  You will find a range of beds at Made to Last from single to super king (I’d love one of those just for me!!!).

When purchasing items it’s important to look at the length of guarantees.  This can be extremely cost effective.  Purchasing a £945 sofa bed (pictured) with life guarantee (including free delivery) works out better than a £400 sofa bed with a year’s guarantee.  The cheaper one won’t last long as one of my friends discovered to her landlord’s disappointment.  Over the years you’ll find you may need at least 4 sofa beds to last the same as the more expensive one.  So technically it works out cheaper to fork out that bit more initially.

Let’s do the Maths 1 x £945 or 4 x £400 = £1600.

The figures say it all.

Most companies use the same sofa beds so the quality is in the frame, seating padding, upholstery (including material quality) and the mattresses.  That’s most except Made to Last.  The company only use high quality fabrics, frames, padding and the upholstery skills of their team is top standard.  It took them over a year to find the searching the UK for the best sofa bed manufacturer!

Long and lifetime guarantees indicate the quality and robustness of a product plus the confidence a company has in it.  So take note and look out for them when selecting.


We all need it yet sometimes we over look this vital home furnishing.  I wish we had more spotlights or wall lights at home especially for when the girls play the piano.  Some of my friends have purchased floor lamps for extra light when their children are practising piano homework.  What a great idea and as they are portable they can be moved around the home and repurposed when required.  One with a 25 year guarantee will work well and although more expensive initially it’s balance by its lifespan.

These are just a few of the long lasting and sustainable products for the home that will result in us not only saving money but also having a positive impact on the environment.

I’m loving the look of those sofa beds which are perfect for guest rooms and those with limited space and also the floor lamps, what do you think of them?

Another thing we should all have in our home is chocolate!!!  This is guaranteed not to be long lasting especially in my house which is full of chocoholics.  For those that love chocolate too I’ve got a super competition.

You can win a Hotel Chocolat Chocolate and Fizz Hamper

This competition is for over 18’s only, proof of age will be required.

Entry is super easy just enter via the rafflecopter form.

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Not all entry options are compulsory but the more you do the more entries you will gain.  All those in the UK are welcome to enter even if you have won with me before and I know there are a few of you out there.  Thanks so much for returning guys x

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325 thoughts on “Long lasting Sustainable Products For The Home”

  1. A Hotel Chocolate shop has just opened next door to my place of work. The testers they offer so freely and kindly are doing nothing for my diet but boy do they taste good!

  2. I really love the Wesley Barrell seat on the website. I need to start saving pennies or dropping some mega hints to the husband 😁. Loads of lovely things on there x

  3. Lovely prize, thank you. On the website I liked the look of the Wesley Barrett 3.5 Seat Sofabed though it would have been nice to see a pic of it converted to a bed instead of just the colours available.

  4. There’s some great products on the Made To Last website, but I think I love the Jaybe Retro Deep Sprung Sofa Bed Chair the best because as well as it being a sofa, bed and chair all one one, it is also a versatile colour as which goes with everything.

  5. The double wool duvet looks interesting. My current duvet is from when I first moved into a studio with a double bed. I got it from some budget retailer (can’t remember which) and I’ve had it for 8 years (which somewhat goes against the idea of your blog post that only expensive items will last), but it’s really worn out now.

  6. I love the idea of a company that produces sustainable products here in the UK! I also love all the options on their site- looking at the sofas I can choose the leg colour and there are so many different fabric choices to choose from. It’s also great that you can get fabric samples too! I personally love the ‘Wesley Barrell Cokethorpe 3.5 Seat Sofa’

  7. Fab giveaway, thanks for the chance. I think the floor lamps are a good idea, I often need extra light when I’m sewing in the evening.

  8. I would just love a Jaybe Retro deep sprung 3 seater sofa bed then our friends could come & stay over Christmas!!

  9. I totally agree, every home should have chocolate. My favourite is milk chocolate and hubby’s dark chocolate.

  10. I would love the Jaybe Classic Sprung 2 seater sofa bed in a green. It looks comfy as a sofa AND for guests to stay over.

  11. I love the made to last website I think its a great concept. I particularly like the cast iron kitchenware. Thank you for the giveaway.

  12. Sustainability is something I’ve become increasingly interested in since becoming a parent, from cutting down waste, to making sure any waste is recyclable, to generally just shopping smarter, it’s all mattering that much more, so thank you for the blog post, it’s been an interesting read.

  13. Great blog with lots of great rafflecopter prizes who wouldn’t want chocolates and fizz with Christmas approaching fast and Jaybe Retro Deep Sprung 3 Seater Sofa Bed would be my choice

  14. Living by the sea, we regularly have requests from friends and family to stay over. At the moment there’s nowhere for them to sleep so a sofa bed like the Jaybe Modern 2 seater sprung bed in Slate. I would match my decor too!

  15. I like my products to last a long time, I don’t mind paying the extra for a better quality product. Knowing that I wont be throwing something away a few years down the road is a good feeling

  16. I really like the Wesley Barrel Wychwood 2.5 seat sofabed. It would fit perfectly in my living room, and mean my friend could come and stay over.

  17. Loved this post- so sick of our wasteful throwaway culture…. I was always considered odd amongst my colleagues for not rushing out to upgrade my phone- as long as it was still doing what I needed it to, I couldn’t see the point of replacing it and have never bought into this strange competition of having the latest models of things just for the sake of it.
    I’ve never heard of Made To Last before, but I’ve been having a nosy at their website and just love their garden trugs!

  18. I love Hotel Chocolat so this would be an amazing hamper to share with the people I love!

    Bonus Points!! I love the Jaybe Classic Pocket Sprung 2 Seater Sofa Bed in Duck Egg – would match perfectly with the spare room and would be greta for unexpected guests!

  19. My idea of a perfect night in is to browse MelaniesFabFinds on my iPad, eating an obscene amount of Hotel Chocolat while lounging on the turquoise Wesley Barrel sofa that Made To Last are selling.

  20. Fabulous blog with great giveaways, especially this one…. love chocolate! My favourite item is the Planar Shelving System, sadly I cannot see me being able to afford it….

  21. Love Hotel Chocolat. This would be perfect for my family to share at christmas. Love the range of sofa beds. There’s so many to choose from.

  22. My wife loves Hotel Chocolat!

    The Oval Aluminium Bulkhead Light with Eye Shield looks like a perfect replacement for down the side of our house!

  23. These products look really well made and stylish plus they are practical too. I particularly like the Norfield 3 Seater Sofabed

  24. I moved to the UK from Germany in the mid 1990s and was somewhat horrified about the absence of recycling facilities. Surely the country has caught up a lot in the last 20 years, but there is still much room for improvement, especially on a personal level. The mindset of people must change. It is NOT ok to keep buying plastic bags when shopping; it is NOT ok to dump stuff in the countryside; it is NOT ok to use so many single-use items; it is NOT ok to use chemicals and waste gallons of good drinking water only to have a pretty lawn. Otherwise we will be lost – and the generations who come after us will curse us forever for having been so wasteful with resources. (Sorry rant over).
    I did look at the Made-To-Last website, too, and really like the look of the Bellworth 2-seater sofabed.

    1. Their site has some fabulous sofa beds doesn’t it. I agree we should have started doing more in this country years ago!!!!

  25. Lovely giveaway, We love Hotel Chocolat
    I have just been over on made to last website there are some lovely sofa beds there, Super idea for us as we only have 2 bedrooms but often have guests staying over, I would choose the Bluford 3 seater sofa bed in Pumpkin Gold, A beautiful warm colour.

  26. I really hate the throwaway culture. I have always bought items that will last me for years and years. None of this cheap tat. Also recycle clothing if you buy decent in the first place.

  27. I remember when products where made to last and not everything had to go to recycling or worse landfill after a short amount of time. We have a rubbish crisis and something needs to be done before we drown In our own waste.

  28. I need a new sofa and I like the high backs on the Edworth 3 seater sofa as it’s not easy to find sofas with nice high backs.

  29. I have a real bee in my bonnet about the disposable and throwaway society we live in. I’m particularly shocked that lots of people who have children don’t seem to give much thought to the environment for their future children/grandchildren. It’s good to see a British company making more durable products and making them in this country. I always try to support our own homegrown businesses.

  30. Hotel Chocolat – what a truly lovely prize, thank you for offering it. The Made to Last website is lovely, I especially like Jaybe Classic pocket Sprung sofabed

  31. We constantly recycle in our house we have four bins in the kitchen plus numerous other bins to help with the effort x

  32. I had never heard of made to last… thinking of all the sofa beds that only lasted a term of sleepovers and the money I could have saved myself now!

  33. I am liking the look of the sofa bed, it looks comfortable, not many sofa beds are, but this looks like it is nice to sleep on

  34. I like the Clinton one seater sofa bed, woudnt take up too much room!!! When my boy has friends over it would be perfect.

  35. I like their range of pans. Some good cast iron cookware should last years and years and is well worth the money shopping around to get a good one!

  36. I personally think my favourite from the website would have to be the beautiful Jaybe retro deep sprung sofa bed chair in the cranberry colour

  37. i love the idea of the sofa bed, we have a loft conversion which used to have a normal bed but it was taking up so much room so this is a great idea

  38. That was hard, but I think I like the Jaybe Modern 2 seater pocket sprung sofa bed best. It would be perfect for having guests stay the night.

  39. The Comberton 2-seater sofa bed would match my style perfectly. It has a classic unassuming look that would fit in well with my eclectic room; plus the added bonus of an extra bed.

  40. It’s great reading a post with actual implementable tips for daily life, rather than just a bunch of facts with no real solution. Thank you!

  41. Interesting to see a new and updated range of sofa beds, we are looking for one for our spare room and its a useful article to look at

  42. What a great article to read. Love that you’re a UK company actually making an effort. The modern sofa is right up my street!

  43. Great giveaway, who doesn’t love chocolate. Annnd hopefully for some bonus points: love the Wellesford Ottoman Sofabed – looks way comfier than our current sofa.

  44. Tempting as it is to buy cheaper items this can often be a false economy, much better to buy this that will last. Landfill is full of tat. My family and i would love some hotel chocolate, that would definitely not go to waste!

  45. Honestly this post has got me drooling literally – worse than my dog – thats a lot – if i was fortunate enough to be the lucky winner I would pslit this and share it out with family

  46. Thanks for the inspiration! We are currently looking for a sofa bed for our back bedroom and jaybe looks like it would do the trick!

  47. i love the Wesley Barrell Clanfield 2.5 sofa, it is simple and elegant and would be perfect for my living room! Shame we’ve just bought a new sofa..

  48. I feel really guilty when I have to send something to landfill. I try to recycle as much as I can. You’re point about saving money by paying more is very thought provoking, I made the mistake of going for cheapness when buying a sofa and it broke within a year. I love the Norfield 3 seater sofabed on your link, just my style. I would say though, when it comes to electrical such as microwaves and kettles, the cheaper, less complicated ones seem to last longer.

  49. I would save this to have when wrapping up Christmas presents, always like to treat myself with good chocolate lol!

  50. In our current “throwaway society” where the planet is suffering from a plethora of disposable goods and built-in-obsolescence, it’s wonderful to hear of a brand producing goods designed to last. I’m very aware of how fragile much of my kitchen equipment is and I would love something robust like the Netherton Foundry 8″ Prospector Casserole

  51. Thank you for a most interesting post. Recently we bought a new mattress, the actual bed frame was fine so we kept that in the hope of doing our bit for the environment.

  52. The Longbridge Corner Sofabed in that stunning turquoise green really takes my eye. Absolutely gorgeous.

    Speaking of gorgeous, Hotel Chocolate are a great British success story and their chocs are seriously good.

  53. We really don’t need more stuff in our lives, but good chocolate is different. Perfect prize! Just noticed those Spun iron saucepans from Netherton Foundry. They are lovely!

  54. Fab post! Such a good point about the false economy of buying cheaper products that seem like a bargain but actually work out more expensive in the long run – something I sadly often forget to think of! Had a look at the Made to Last website and would love the ‘Cavendish recommended set’, although I would also need to have a bigger house too!

  55. love the look of the Angle & Curve headphones . We seem to go through headphones at a ridiculous speed due to poor connections, would love to get a pair that were a bit more durable.

  56. I love the idea of sustainable home products. We all want our homes (and ourselves) to look good, but often we don’t stop to think what we may be doing to the environment.

  57. Love your pages to read through honest reviews and opinions. Not just flattering the manufacturer. This is a great competition, many thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful hamper.

  58. The Mullan Darwin 9 arm 2 tier Chandelier is stunning. We have just decorated our living room and this would finish it of perfectly

  59. I Love Hotel Chocolat. I will buy some for my sister at Christmas. As long as she gets Hotel Chocolat then she is a happy bunny.

  60. Totally agree with you, I want things to last so I only bu6 things that i love enough and I am loving the turquoise Wesley Barrel sofa. Love Hotel Chocolat too, only that never lasts long!

  61. I really love the look of the Grey Windowpane Lambswool throw – looks so cosy and the colours woudl go really well in my bedroom too

  62. I visited the ‘Made to last’ site , but haven’t bought anything! I love your blog, though, especially the giveaways!

  63. Hotel chocolate is such great quality and a firm favourite in our house. My favourite sofa at Made to last is the Bartlow 3 seat sofa bed.It’s a really attractive design and would look great in the living room.

  64. What a super prize – I love Hotel Chocolat products and I also love the Bluford 3 Seater Sofa Bed which would be very useful at Christmas when so many family are coming to stay!

  65. Lovely giveaway I might would even share with my family
    I love the Argigento Rectangular Silver Glass Mirror on Made to last

  66. This is really interesting, it is hard trying to buy furniture for a new house, especially when I’m trying to reduce my carbon footprint

  67. Oooooh I’d love to win this! Very nice 😍 if I could choose anything off the website it would be one of the Divan beds! Ours is so old and really needs replacing. I definitely wouldn’t get a slatted bed again!

  68. I would love the Euroquilt goose feather and down kingsize ! Would love to treat my family to this prize.
    An interestig read as we want to be more careful about our choices and the environment Thankyou

  69. In the past few years I’ve made sure to buy more expensive good quality products that last as it is better for our planet and saves me paying out for things every couple of years.

  70. Love the Wissington three seater sofa, being handmade by professionals using good quality materials and not cuting corners makes it so much better.

  71. If I win the lottery I’ll be ordering the Wesley Harrell Hinton sofa in red. In the meantime I’ll be scouring Gumtree for something similar under £100😀

  72. I love hotel chocolate. I can’t eat gluten and there are so many options for me that aren’t just plain chocolate. I would love the Euroquilt goose feather and down kingsize quilt. It would be so cosy in the winter xx

  73. Love hotel chocolate yummy we have recently had one open in our town pass it ever day to and from work hard to just keep walking. I love the footstool bed

  74. Thanks for letting us know about made to last, such a great idea. There are some beautiful bits there in amazing colours 😍
    Thanks for the chance to win the choccies too

  75. Apart from loving delicious Hotel Chocolat chocolate, I love the Wellesford Ottoman Sofabed! Perfect for when friends are visiting and storing those extra duvets.

  76. I love the idea of things actually lasting longer then 5 minutes and think it’s great that you have written about the importance of caring for our environment!

  77. Definitely food for thought in this article. Really good reading. What an amazing hamper giveaway. I’ve my fingers crossed

  78. What a wonderful selection of products, loads of stuff I especially like the Euroquilt Dacron Comforel Superking size quilts

  79. I love the maitrix coat stand. Very stylish. Our jackets and coats wouldn’t need to be hung on the bannister or flung on the floor.

  80. I really need a sofa bed to put in my sons room and hopefully make it look neater in there. The Churlston 2 Seater sofa is really nice and stylish

  81. Fab competition, ive got my eye on the King Size Divan beds, ive got a few saved on my bookmarks whilst I compare prices as we do need a new one x

  82. Yummy chocs, it’s been ages since I had Hotel Chocolate. Love the Bluford Soda Bed, be great for our spare room/study, the pumpkin gold colour is lovely.

  83. A very well written article indeed. Environmental friendliness is close to my heart, so landfill sites scare me to death. Hopefully more will follow Made To Last’s lead, a very commendable company philosophy 🙂

  84. My obsession with cook wear knows no bounds. Even though my cupboards are bursting at the seams I could definitely find space for those Netherton Foundry casserole dishes!

  85. Always wanted a hamper and this one if full of choccy!!! Oh and I quite like the cavendish corner sofa unit too… can you throw that into the giveaway too? x

  86. I love the Wellesford Ottoman Sofabed. I could lounge and sleep on that during the day without having to make a sofa bed actually up!

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