December 2012

Robin Levien doesn't have a problem with vitreous china in the bathroom. 'No, I don't worry about it, even if it's in the ground'

Robin Levien is one of our most respected product designers. He's done a huge amount of work for Ideal Standard, and he talks to Abby Trow about how environmental issues are starting to impinge on bathroom design

Look out for this logo on items from washing machines to jewellery

John Lewis is expanding its sustainable product identifier scheme to help shoppers buy greener items across the board

Silvia Civati's winning design..recognise the chair?

An iconic 20th century chair provided inspiration for the winning design

Bee bamboo recliner by Antoine Fritcsch and Vivien Durisotti is made to order. It retails from around £2,000

The Bee bamboo lounger is an eco-friendly delight

Roberts' solar-powered DAB radio, £80

Okay, radios don't exactly drain the National Grid, but every little helps when it comes to reducing energy consumption. So why not switch to a solar-powered model?

The show offers plenty of useful seminars and a planning clinic

If you want to find out more about how to renovate your home, or better still, build your own house, the Northern Homebuilding and Renovating Show (2-4 November) should be your first port of call

Beeplenish polish contains unrefined beeswax

A new range of beeswax polish offers a natural way to keep wooden furniture in great condition.

Timberlux blinds in light oak are refined and have a delicate look

If you want wooden blinds that are elegant and refined, Timberlux is a brand to look at

Advice clinics at the show are very popular

If you're in the West Country, head to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show taking place at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet 17-18 November

Chipmunks love to rummage around in socks

Instead of using old socks for cleaning and polishing in the home, you might want to send them to your local wildlife park to improve life in the winter for chipmunks. How sweet....

Milo table by Tristan Titeux

Head to The Garden Museum this Sunday and stock up on eco friendly gifts and products from some of the UK's most innovative sustainable designers

Urban Jungle rug from the Plantation Rug Company is made from fibres from plastic bottles

Wool's old hat when it comes to rugs. The latest designs are made from recycled plastic bottles

Ceramics by Ben Baglio, who uses Limoges porcelain

Decorative accessories, furniture and lighting feature strongly at this year's Handmade In Britain fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London