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Carpenter Tim Mansfield built this enclosure for residents in north London

Vital as they are, wheelie bins and recycling boxes aren't the most beautiful things. The answer to bin blight? Store them in a wooden enclosure and make a feature of an eyesore

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

Liberty table and chairs

Designer maker mover shaker..this September marks 40 years since John Makepeace OBE founded Parnham College in Dorset - the design school that produced some of the best names in furniture today. And the cabinetmaker behind the exquisite and often extraordinary furniture that is much coveted by collectors around the world is himself still hard at work.

Plants indoors create a healthy environment

If you hate to be parted from plant life, or you don't have any outside space but would like some greenery in your life, then why not think about having a green wall in your home?

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

A table should be a once in a lifetime purchase

A table, a bed, a chair... everyone needs these pieces of furniture says Mark Godsell-Fletcher, founder of the popular independent reclaimed wood furniture company Eat Sleep Live

Wall tiles made from recycled paper by US' MioCulture, £32 for 12 tiles, plus shipping

How environmentally friendly is wallpaper? If 'not very' is the answer...which it is.. what products can be used to make our walls green and interesting company? Kay Hill investigates

Take an old sail and turn it into fabulous contemporary outdoor furniture

Tesla Powerwall2 allows you to store energy from your PV panels

If you have solar PV panels, as actor, TV presenter and renewable energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn does, you can now store the electricity they generate using a battery such as the Tesla Powerwall2

A fantastic table..the oak Branch table by Blu Dot, from £1,395 at Heal's

A table is a key piece of furniture needed for a civilised life ...along with a bed and a chair. There's no shortage of good design in eco-friendly materials, but here are a few we particularly like across the price spectrum

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.

We are becoming familiar with solar panels

Lots of us are bemused and confused about what renewable energy products are suitable for our homes and what the gains of installing them are. Carl Benfield of Prescient Power in Leicestershire aims to enlighten us

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