Leather is a great material but it comes at an environmental price

Leather's natural so it's good, right? No, it's not. It's a dirty business and many industry players still have a very long way to go in terms of cleaning up their act.

Features

Duvet's losing feathers and feeling somewhat limp? Could be time to invest in a new one because while a good mattress is essential, the quality of your sleep will be better if your duvet is right too

Hansgrohe products have EcoSmart technology to cut water use by some 60 per cent

Our summers are getting hotter - 2019's is predicted to be hotter than 2018's - and the Environment Agency is warning that in 25 years' time there may not be enough water for our population. So we must take heed and learn to treat water like the precious resource it is. And that means re-thinking our bathrooms

If you know you're a bit lazy about recycling your household waste, and you still haven't started composting your peelings and food waste, come on, get a grip! or a counter top caddy more to the point. And grow your own herbs, ditch the bleach and generally clamp down on waste

People

Land of milk and honey..but at a price

The award-winning architect has designed homes for a new co-housing project in Cambridge. These projects are great, he says - though the future for housing lies in far greater freeing up of land.

Upcycling expert Max McMurdo

Max McMurdo urges us all to unleash our inner practicality and creativity and join him in the immersive world of making, doing and mending

Accessories

Hand-made in Cornwall, Jo Downs' new vase collection will inspire the flower arranger in you

Pow Pots

Bring your interiors to life with some greenery in pots that pack a punch

Any Sharp Twist is a compact kitchen essential

AnySharp Twist is a nifty little device that allows everyone to sharpen their kitchen knives without risking life and limb. We've tested it and it's a thumbs up from deco

Interiors

Edward Bulmer Natural Paints contain no plastic

Paints have a big impact on air quality, something that's becoming more of a concern to homeowners. So which manufacturers score highly on great colour, environmental friendliness and quality?

Bamboo has a reputation as one of the most eco-friendly materials, a real super grass. It's used in products from flooring to t shirts and washable nappies - but is it always good stuff? Kay Hill investigates

Eris silk, vegan-friendly and new to the UK

For those who love silk but don't want silkworms to die in the manufacturing process, Eris is a brand of eri, or peace silk, that's new to the UK. It offers a fabulous range of designs and plain colours for interior furnishings and accessories