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Emma mattresses

Mattress ads are everywhere..and many of us are rejoicing that the mattress has gone from unwieldy monster to being delivered in a box, ready to unroll and voila. But mattresses at the end of their lives invariably get dumped in landfill, so what are manufacturers of this new breed doing to lessen their products' environmental impact?

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

Tangier range from Weaver Green is made from recycled PET plastic

We are making progress when it comes to recycling plastics, with more designers using recycled plastic to make attractive products for home and garden, says Kay Hill.

Acers are small trees suitable for compact urban gardens

We need trees and if you think they're the preserve of folks with large gardens, well that's not the case. A pot will prove a fine home for many small or dwarf trees.

All You Need is Love from Vintage Playing Cards, £99

Valentine's Day has become another of those days where marketing folks try to convince us our beloved will be thrilled with a bin or a hacksaw. Well, having quizzed people out on the streets it would seem the old favourites reign supreme: flowers, champagne and a dinner that isn't pasta and pesto

FR or no FR - let consumers choose

Former civil servant and fire regulations expert Terry Edge says it's time people in the UK were told just what chemicals are in our furniture and given the option to buy non-FR products if they want

Globe bio ethanol fire by Scandinavian brand Vauni

They are largely decorative but bio-ethanol is a renewable fuel and contrary to public perception, these fires do provide some heat. And in these cold months, a bit of extra heat isn't to be sniffed at, particularly as wood-burning stoves are now being flagged as a cause of dangerous particulate emissions

The Guest by Jaime Hayón for Lladró

The word ornament has grim connotations. But don't make your dogs, birds or dancing ladies hide away, because ceramic ornaments mean a huge amount to us - and sales are on the rise

Marmoleum is a good choice because it's cushioned and is easy to maintain

Continuing her look at resilient flooring, Kay Hill considers the eco merits of linoleum as well as rubber and cork flooring

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

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

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

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