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Finisterre has swimwear ranges made from Econyl

We should all holiday close to home if we’re to save the planet... but that’s just not going to happen any time soon. So let’s all do our bit to lessen the impact of our wanderlust on the environment, says German sustainable travel experts Green Pearls

Should you have a garden that's big enough, it makes sense to put in a garden room if you need a home office, somewhere to put growing kids, sprightly grandparents or overnight guests, or you need a place to escape to. Sheds ain't what they used to be you know

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

Fill your home with plants

Let's hear it for house plants, outdoor cooking and British craftspeople who make good things out of wood and wool. Not to mention scented candles that really DO fill a room with fragrance.

Succulents are fat leafed plants..they're plump with water

Succulents were the height of bohemian chic in the '70s and they're enjoying a resurgence thanks to a focus on easy-care plants and the need to do something about our indoor air quality. Grower Fiona Weymss of Kent-based Blueleaf Plants gives us the lowdown on these adorable little creatures

With summer almost upon us, it's time to embrace the pale pinks, baby blues and lilacs over darker hues

LED bulbs now fit most types of fixture, from pendants to desk lamps

Summer is a good time of year to revamp your home and garden lighting. So if you've not switched to LEDs, well you're more than missing a trick...

Graphene paint is made from natural ingredients yet is hugely hardwearing

Graphene is essentially a thin layer of pure carbon and it's hailed as a wonder material. So cue great excitement about a new natural paint from Spain that contains graphene

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!

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

Ilve Roma 150cm range cooker is made in Italy

Get the low down on range cookers from an energy efficiency point of view. Kay Hill chooses 20 models, both cast iron heat storage and freestanding range cookers

Weaver Green rugs are made from recycled PET plastic bottles

Outdoor rugs made from recycled polyester or plastic are great for impromptu picnics or sprucing up your deck or terrace for that al fresco lunch party

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