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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

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

A table should be a once in a lifetime purchase

A table, a bed, a chair... everyone needs these pieces of furniture says Mark Godsell-Fletcher, founder of the popular independent reclaimed wood furniture company Eat Sleep Live

Chop & Change kitchen workbench by Mette. www.mettecreates.com

It makes sense to have some kitchen furniture you can take with you when you move, such as island units, dressers and butcher's blocks. And if want a more individual, eclectic kitchen, freestanding is the way to go

A master bathroom featuring antique French mirrors

Toronto artist Vivian Reiss has a love of antiques, vintage and architectural salvage. Her colourful city home is a triumph of eclecticism over conformity

Trex decking is made from recycled plastic bottles and wood waste

We are making progress when it comes to recycling plastics, with more designers using recycled plastic to make attractive products for home and garden, says Kay Hill.

Duette honeycomb blinds can save you up to 25 per cent on your energy bills

Snug as a bug in a rug? Or are you plagued by draughts and chills up your spine? You need Deco’s guide to a warmer, more eco-friendly home

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