Sulapac packaging from Finnish green start-up Sulapac

A worktop made from quartz and waste plastic, premium packaging made from wood and a re-usable disposable vending cup are among the finalists in this year's Green Alley Awards

Clearabee service is an on demand rubbish removal service

If you get fed up waiting for the council to come and clear your rubbish or you worry that the ubiquitous man with a van won't recycle properly, then Clearabee can help

Gorenje A+++ rated W8543 Colour Edition washing machine and heat pump dryer

Kay Hill looks at high and low tech ways of cutting energy use and costs when it comes to laundry and keeping your household in clean dry clothing and bedlinen

Bee and hops on emerald glass by Rowan McOnegal

Artist Rowan McOnegal produces exquisite glass wallhangings, as well as stained glass for doors and windows

It's that time again already...Deco Christmas gift time that is, with perfect presents for your nearest and dearest that have the added benefit of being pretty darn eco...

Features

Erosion dishes from Royal Selangor

Pewter designs have become highly contemporary and beautiful. But pewter's main ingredient is tin and tin mining is anything but eco-friendly. Manufacturer Royal Selangor and Friends of the Earth consider the implications of using it.

Pendant space dividing EchoPanel panels can be suspended from thin wires

Woven Image's EchoPanel is a brilliant lightweight material with myriad uses. It comes in stunning colours and patterns, it's eco-friendly - and it's got great acoustic properties too. Time to get creative!

SCP

It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

People

A penthouse in Southbank Place; the project which is due for completion in 2019

Southbank Place is a swanky new high end live/work community being developed along from the London Eye. Interior architect Fiona Naylor of Johnson Naylor has designed some of the apartments in the development and argues big build projects do focus heavily on sustainability

FORMcard is made in the UK and it's biodegradable

Forgotten how to make do and mend? Get yourself a pack of bioplastic FORMcard, which less than a year after its launch is proving a remarkable global success.

Accessories

Do you bit to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by using Wrag Wrap

Wrap your gifts in an eco-friendly fabric that looks and feels remarkably like wrapping paper. Wrag Wrap won't tear or degrade, and it's meant to be re-used again and again

Thomas Sanderson

The company was delighted to be contacted by customers asking if blinds bought in 1991 could be restrung - yes was the answer and the products are set for another 26 years' use

Heart Wood from Dulux

Yes, colours, like people, need championing, so let's hear it for warm pinky mauve Heart Wood, which Dulux has crowned COTY 2018

Interiors

Silk Calla lillies form Bloom

If your home is looking rather lacklustre, and you don't have the budget for a major revamp, take heart. Interior designers have tips that are easy to follow, don't cost much and which definitely do make a difference, whether you live in a bedsit or a large house.

Roman blinds and curtains are a great combination

Roman blinds are fast becoming the nation's favourite window treatment, but there are other options too, depending on your needs and budget