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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

Roman blinds and curtains are a great combination

Roman blinds are fast becoming the nation's favourite window treatment, but there are other options too, depending on your needs and budget

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

Interior architect Daniel Hopwood prefers to use natural, sustainable materials and he has furniture made by UK craftspeople

This London townhouse is testament to the skill of the many craftspeople working in Britain, and more of us should make use of them, urges interior architect Daniel Hopwood

Cotton Grass and Dogs Mercury paint from Nature Paint

Most commercial paints are now very low in VOCs and are water-based. But does that make them eco-friendly? Kay Hill puts a toe into a hot debate....

Mendip marble

The Romans loved them. Now Britannicus Stone is reawakening interest in the many exquisite stones we have here in the UK

Alpaca duvet from Penrose Products in Notts

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

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

T&G salt & pepper pots

Design is important with kitchenware, but you can have products that are eco-friendly and ethically produced, as well as lovely to look at and a joy to use.

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