October 2013

Flamingo and pineapple bakeware by Fenella Smith

Some eco-friendly home products to tempt those who want to shop a little or a lot, with an emphasis on colour as autumn looms

Joanna Yarrow - who's expecting her first child

Joanna Yarrow admits she was surprised to learn the extent of IKEA's green credentials. Indeed she was so impressed that the company was able to entice her on board

Leds offer huge scope for design as well as energy saving

LEDs present the greatest change to lighting the home since Edison, says Sally Stephenson of OWL Lighting. And what's really exciting is that the technology is still developing.

Trex is made from waste materials

This US-manufactured decking is made from waste wood and plastics and is now available in the UK

Old teapots make fun planters

Put weekend afternoons to good use and upcycle odds and ends into useful and pretty decorative accessories. Ellie Laycock shows you how.

You choose the number of minutes in an hour you want the heating to go off for

If you live in a house that is a million miles away from Passivhaus standard, chances are you're already dreading January's energy bills. Chop Cloc is a new heating control device that can help reduce costs by some 20 per cent

IKEA bedding uses organic cotton as well as cotton/lyocell mix

As we're on a bit of an IKEA-fest, here are some facts, stats and projections from head office, for those who like their company information in bullet points

Wifi rug from Alfombras Veo Veo

Rug companies Veo Veo and Now Carpets have great new collections made from pure new wool and other sustainable fibres

FlutePRO in light blue. It's made in the UK from recycled cardboard

Flute Office has won an innovation award for its FlutePRO cardboard desk, which is strong, inexpensive and recyclable

Crisp Morning, Walberswick, by Benjamin Mowll

If you can't get down to the sea today, but are within striking distance of the capital, don't miss the Mall Galleries' impressive exhibition of paintings depicting the sea and all things coastal

Ashley Hicks study use wool carpet and fabrics

It's Wool Week AND it's Grown In Britain week. So if you're thinking of buying accessories or furniture for your home, ask yourself if what you need can be made from wool or wood, two of our most sustainable natural materials.

Dining area in The Dune House in Thorpeness by Mole Architects

No matter what new materials come on stream, they never surpass wood. Sustainable, natural, strong and durable, the Wood Awards celebrates the wonders of wood

These former street light covers are the perfect height for stools

Statthocker stools by German designers Bastian Demmer and Gerhard Spieker have won a prestigious iF product design award. The stools are made from 1960s street lamp shades from the north German city of Bielefeld.