Stainless steel is seen by many as being too clinical for a home kitchen. It's also pretty pricey and worktops are susceptible to scratches. But.. stainless steel is supremely hard wearing, it can look sleek and modern and it's 100 per cent recyclable

Asters - easy to grow and prolific

Is your garden or outside space in need of some colourful autumn blooms? The HTA suggests planting Asters, as they flower pretty much up to Christmas.

There's more to November than Guy Fawkes' Night.. it's Handmade Chelsea time too, which gives an opportunity to see and buy beautiful works from more than 100 brilliant designer-makers

If you're in the capital, or any big city, and you've got the builders in, you can't ignore the question of where will the waste from your project go? Working with your builders to minimise landfill waste is the best way to help achieve a circular economy

Features

Saturday Portobello by Ian Berry, Denim on Denim, 122x61cms

Huddersfield-born Ian Berry - aka Denimu - shows just what the upcycling artist can achieve with pairs of old jeans

Humanscale's Nova LED task light

We love shopping at charity shops and auctions above all else but don't feel bad if we buy new from time to time. We've got some ideas for the eco home dweller and have been testing a few products out too, so share our thoughts

Hungry

More of us are investing in wood burning stoves to keep our homesteads warm - and make us feel less dependent on the big energy suppliers. But evidence is mounting that they are significant source of particulate pollutants that are damaging our air quality, so are they a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

Travel

You may lament the lack of cheap package holidays to the Seychelles, but you not going there is helping keep its islands as nature intended. Abby Trow talked tourism and the environment with Seychelles Tourism Minister Didier Dogley on his recent visit to the UK

The sun terrace outside the master bedroom. The re-build took 16 months

Chances are you can't afford it..nope, not even for one night. But pictures of this beautiful house in the sunny Caribbean can cheer us all up. And Sir Richard Branson's house has been refurbished to extremely high eco standards you'll be glad to hear

Architect practice Tate Harmer has been awarded planning permission to build a sustainable hotel for visitors to The Eden Project

Accessories

Wearth co founders Imogen Minoli and Edward Davies

Twentysomethings Imogen Minoli and Edward Davies have launched Wearth London, an online lifestyle store for the eco-friendly, ethical, vegan-minded, sustainability-mad, plastic-avoiding and of course super stylish consumer. So that's you and me.

Let there be colour...Sonya WInner's modern asymmetric runner is a joy

With the world drowning in plastic waste, it's good to see more businesses making products from recycled plastic

Interiors

Skinflint lighting is tackling climate change within its own ranks

The Cornwall based reclaimed lighting company says it will become CO2 neutral within six years and it's declared a climate emergency

It's quintessentially English with timeless charm. Country house style allows for eccentricity, simplicity, florals, comfort and cosiness. And it's an eco friendly look because you'll find pieces you need at antiques fairs, auctions and second-hand shops. And there's plenty of scope for upcycling

Fi Douglas of bluebellgray

bluebellgray has gone from the kitchen table to big time homewares brand in a very short space of time. Abby Trow caught up with Fi Douglas, artist, designer, company founder and lover of flowers to find out how she’s coping with success and why her designs have struck such a chord