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Spring

Artist Dee McLean has made a series of paintings over the past two years that chronicles the resurgence of the plants and flowers in the ponds area of Hampstead Heath

Zetland Road, Manchester - a Victorian eco house

We associate low to no energy bills with new-build houses that feature all the latest eco tech. But Ecospheric shows that Victorian houses can be made ultra low energy dwellings too

The Institute of Chemical Engineers' advice to its members is to be conscious about using the minimum of a substance. And we layfolk could do more for the environment by embracing minimalism

Sphere8 poured floor in a south London house by Paul Warren Design

Sphere8 offers perfectly smooth and seamless resin floors with a difference - their product is plant rather than petrochemical-based.

Jotul makes modern as well as traditional stoves

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

Rush matting doesn't have to be the preserve of the humble cottage.. £260 m2 from Rush Matters

Ok, what's hemp? what's vicuña? ...not sure?..well you need Kay Hill's guide to fibres and fabrics to help you make the most environmentally-friendly choices when buying floor coverings and textiles

Handmade Dartmouth mattress from Cottonsafe Natural Mattress in Devon uses no FR chemicals

A good bed is a major investment, so choose one made from quality natural materials that are sustainable, long-lasting, won't off-gas and can be recycled. And watch out for noxious fire retardant chemicals...

We all love a Hug Rug

It's a fantastic eco story, a made in Britain story, a 'how have I lived without one?' story. Let's hear it for Hug Rug!

Homebarn Shaker style oak unit

It makes sense to have some kitchen furniture you can take with you when you move, such as island units, dressers and butcher's blocks. And if want a more individual, eclectic kitchen, freestanding is the way to go

This kitchen has Richlite worktops, which are, to all extent and purposes made from paper

There's no need to sacrifice good looks and wonderful colour options when choosing environmentally-friendly worktops

T&G salt & pepper pots

Design is important with kitchenware, but you can have products that are eco-friendly and ethically produced, as well as lovely to look at and a joy to use.

Pots of Paint is a very eco friendly brand

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?

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