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Pavan rug by Habitat is woven in India from recycled jute fibres and yarns

From rugs to teacups via a clever table, a handy-pack of one-handed kitchen towels, a paper breadboard and tiny clay tealight holders to raise money for India's Dalit people, our February guide to sustainable retail therapy covers all bases

Villiers' home office/den is has a wood floor bought on eBay. It's decorated with objects he's found while sourcing for Vintage Archive

Harry Villiers, of furniture making brothers Villiers Brothers, took some steel, wood and glass and built an enviable bolt-hole in his Essex garden

Wood burning Firebelly Razen cookstove is made in the UK

A range is top of many a kitchen wish list....but these big beasts haven't been the most energy efficient appliances. So is that changing? Kay Hill investigates

Cob is perfect for creating a small garden studio or office

Need a garden office or a place for your teenagers to hang out? Build your own using the ancient cob technique

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.

Jennifer Manners' Maze II in cherished gold

It's easy to develop a serious rug habit, given the exquisite products on the market. We've rounded up some of the eco and ethical rugs in sustainable fibres that have caught our eye lately

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.

Think green at the outset if you're doing an extension

We've had a mild winter so far, and spring's not far off, but don't be complacent...now's a good time to think about how you can make your home more energy efficient for next winter

Gardens of Villa Della Pergola at Alassio

Should you be visiting the Genoa region in the coming months and you're a keen gardener, find time to visit these gardens on the Ligurian coast, now restored to glory

Ston-Ker by porcelanosa

The tile manufacturing industry in the US and in Europe scores highly in terms of effort made to reduce its carbon footprint. And more companies are increasing the amount of recycled material used in their products

Hessian stockings by dejaooh, £26

Christmas is a time lots of us keep our fingers crossed that we'll get a gift or two that's really useful or that we need. So if you want to give gifts that are practical, we've got ideas to suit all budgets, from funky bellows to reclaimed wood coasters via hydroponic indoor veg growing. All wrapped in recycled giftwrap.

Mike Harris's Kent garden is kept looking tiptop thanks to his homemade compost

If you haven't started composting your peelings and food waste, there's no time like the present to get into the habit. Deco reader and interiors photographer Mike Harris has, and he's keen to spread the word as well as the mulch

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