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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

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

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.

Marmoleum is a good choice because it's cushioned and is easy to maintain

Continuing her look at resilient flooring, Kay Hill considers the eco merits of linoleum as well as rubber and cork flooring

Cedar of Lebanon table with a high shine. Picture courtesy of www.paleamber.net

Many of us reach for a pot of paint when wooden furniture starts to look tired. Is that because we've forgotten about the noble art of French polishing, which restores wood to its former glories? Abby Trow talks to expert Dan Norris

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

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