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Get into the habit of taking a bamboo coffee cup with your in your bag..get your coffee to go made in it..

Got into the habit yet? Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is on the warpath against disposable cups, so if you're a regular buyer of take-away drinks, why not spend a small sum on a biodegradable cup to carry around with you? And how there's Frugalpac, a paper cup that can be recycled.

The downstairs area is open and full of areas to sit and relax

Artist Bonnie Saland's live/work studio in northern California is full of colour and pattern. She's the designer behind textile brand Philomela and the family's laid-back ocean retreat is the ideal backdrop for her work

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

the Trow bathroom is steam cleaned to within an inch of its life

I'm a tidier, but not one for actually cleaning things. Until I took possession of a steam cleaner. Now our flat is so clean I need help for my compulsive steaming disorder. I'm telling you, it's a revelation...

Etched glass door from Casali's Natura Collection. www.casali.net

Doors are easily overlooked and we tend meekly to accept what we inherit when we move into a property. But stylish interior doors can bring style, cohesiveness and even a quiet grandeur to your home

Vanessa Arbuthnott uses organic cotton and linen fabrics

Despite being used increasingly for clothing, organic fabrics for use in the home are hard to find. Kay Hill considers why interiors are lagging behind in this important area, and looks at what's on the market

No1 Pendant light made using steam bent wood by Tom Raffield

Designers are using much more wood for decorative lighting, and not just for the stands. From the elaborate to the pared down and minimal, wood is a surprisingly versatile material for lights

Spanish company Dvelas makes high end outdoor furniture using sailcloth

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

Saco baskets from the Holding Company

Cork's long been associated with bottle stops and dull flooring. Not any more: it's the eco-friendly, design-friendly material designers can't get enough of for furniture, homewares and decorative accessories

We remain a nation wedded to our stuff even though we don't look at it let alone use it. And that means we're making our homes more uncomfortable than they need be.

Artist Lisa Todd cushions

Wooden bedside tables, outdoor pouffes, new kitchen towel cones, flowery linen cushions...you'll love Abby Trow's Top 20 homewares picks for those of you with a bit of cash to splash this month

Paint moves to music..work by German artist Martin Klimas

Paint is a wonderful substance used by us all...but we buy too much of it and waste paint is a very big environmental problem that AkzoNobel and the British Coatings Federation are working to tackle

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