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Art art and more art...the key to an interesting home

The designer assesses his flat from an eco angle, as well as sharing his tips for a stylish home

Kay Hill lists her top washing machines for a cleaner, cheaper and greener life

Chalk Paint creator Annie Sloan, a woman who's become an international business success

Fervour, passion, zeal.... all are adjectives that describe how Annie Sloan's customers feel about her paint. Many a competitor company would kill to know just what it is about it that inspires such devotion. Its creator isn't entirely sure either, except that it's damn good stuff

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 always a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

Beautiful gift-wrapping is eminently do-able with off-cuts of paper and fabric..not to mention shells and seaweed

Don't spend a fortune on gift-wrap. Gift-wrapping expert Arona Khan says we can all learn to wrap beautifully using paper off-cuts and bits-n-bobs we have lying around

Vinyl floor printed by Floorink

It's the wipe clean sensible choice - yet lots of us think vinyl flooring is decidedly un-eco-friendly, not to mention a bit low-rent, so don't choose it so much these days. But Kay Hill finds many stylish designs and a product that's recyclable

Fairground collage by Rosalind Freeborn

Do you find yourself wondering 'but is it eco?' when you look at pieces of art? If so, you'll be glad to know plenty of artists are striving to create work that is as environmentally-friendly as it is aesthetically-pleasing

Worktops in Tundra Dekton XGloss

The biggest brands, which sell very well in the UK and the US, are Silestone and now Dekton. Both are by global player Cosentino, which asserts that it's a very eco friendly business

Big Husk chair by Patricia Urquiola for B+B Italia, from Chaplins

One that you can spend an evening in watching the TV without ending up with neck or backache; one that is not too hard or too doughy? It's a subjective business of course, but here are some chairs we think are a pleasure to sit in - and they're eco-friendly of course

Farmhouse Revival looks at fine examples of the American farmhouse

There's a lot of recycling, upcycling and makin' do and mendin' if you want an authentic farmhouse interior. Farmhouse Revival by Steve Gross and Susan Daley looks at 20 beautiful farmhouses in Northeast America, and should inspire those who want an antidote to minimalism

FORMcard is made in the UK and it's biodegradable

Forgotten how to make do and mend? Get yourself a pack of bioplastic FORMcard, which less than a year after its launch is proving a remarkable global success.

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.

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