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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

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

engineered oak boards from Quick Step

Wood floors have many advantages – they're easy to keep clean, don’t harbour dust and mites, are hard-wearing, long-lasting, natural, biodegradable and, of course, they look fantastic. But with so many products on the market, what type of wood is best? Kay Hill investigates

Flowers made from tin cans by US artist Harriete Estel Berman

Plenty of artists are eschewing the high street art supplies shop, preferring to find their materials on the beach, in the kids' dressing up box or in their own..and their neighbours'.. waste bins

The dining room has lime plastered walls. It's simply furnished, with a large wooden table centrepiece.

This charming house in the Luberon region was until recently a ruin. But it's been restored in a style you could call rustic sophistication, using traditional building techniques and plenty of brocante-sourced furniture and objets

RHI at the moment is very generous and people stand to make money

Richard Hiblen at renewable energy centre Green Square says we're mad if we pass up the chance to install renewable energy products in our homes using the Renewable Heat Incentive

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