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Catherine Southon

Auctions are fun and if you're doing up your home on a tight budget you'd be mad not to go to a few, says auctioneer Catherine Southon - a familiar face on the BBC. And you can't really get more eco-friendly than antiques, she says

Upcycling expert Max McMurdo

Max McMurdo urges us all to unleash our inner practicality and creativity and join him in the immersive world of making, doing and mending

Tiny tiny pots...a must have for the doll's house

If, like me, your heart melts at the sight of tiny things, you'll be swooning at the work of Yuta Segawa whose miniature pots would be the perfect gift for Thumbelina

Cut your energy bill by paying heed to some tried and tested tricks and tips. For example, don't leave a mobile plugged in, give plug-in electric space heaters a wide berth and never leave a fan on if no-one's in the room

The Cunningham foldable chair from Dvelas

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

We're waking up to the urgent need to halt climate change and lobbying governments and industries is crucial. But don't think of yourself as a powerless tiny cog in the machine because behavioural change x millions does help the planet

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

Micro living doesn't have to feel cramped

This contemporary flat shows that with very limited space, the input of an interior designer is invaluable. Because the devil's in the detail and getting the detail right can be devillishly difficult

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 you want a more individual, eclectic kitchen, freestanding is the way to go

Hansgrohe products have EcoSmart technology to cut water use by some 60 per cent

Our summers are getting hotter and the Environment Agency is warning that in 25 years' time there may not be enough water for our population. So we must take heed and learn to treat water like the precious resource it is. And that means re-thinking our bathrooms

Leather is a great material but it comes at an environmental price

Leather's natural so it's good, right? No, it's not. It's a dirty business and many industry players still have a very long way to go in terms of cleaning up their act.

Duvet's losing feathers and feeling somewhat limp? Could be time to invest in a new one because while a good mattress is essential, the quality of your sleep will be better if your duvet is right too

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