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Shutters are a clean, unobtrusive window treatment

Blinds or curtains? Or both? Or what about shutters? There are many ways to make windows look fabulous, and plenty of eco-friendly woods and fabrics to choose from

The new Gtech is an excellent machine

The Gtech has undergone a major overhaul.. and if you're someone who struggles to find the motivation to vacuum, well, this lightweight and dare we say brilliant AirRam Mk2 device will turn you into a house-proud townmouse

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.

Oka source eclectic pieces of furniture from around the world

New research from British furniture company Oka suggests a lot of us are planning a home makeover next year...whether it's updating a room or doing more substantial decorating/refurbishing. So it's put together some advice on how to achieve great results

Compact and versatile FSC birch ply Bookie bookshelf by Louise Christie

While many countries are making huge efforts to protect their woodlands, not all wood is from managed forests. So do due diligence and don't buy wooden products from makers or retailers who can't vouch for the wood's sustainability

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. So are they a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

Kevin McCloud headed up this year's GDL at Birmingham's NEC. Highlights included Kevin's latest Green Heroes ..and coffee grains take centre stage

Gorenje A+++ rated W8543 Colour Edition washing machine and heat pump dryer

Kay Hill looks at high and low tech ways of cutting energy use and costs when it comes to laundry and keeping your household in clean dry clothing and bedlinen

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

Erosion dishes from Royal Selangor

Pewter designs have become highly contemporary and beautiful. But pewter's main ingredient is tin and tin mining is anything but eco-friendly. Manufacturer Royal Selangor and Friends of the Earth consider the implications of using it.

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!

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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

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