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Alpaca duvet from Penrose Products in Notts

Duvet's losing feathers and feeling somewhat limp? Could be time to invest in a new one because while a good mattress is essential, the quality of your sleep will be better if your duvet is right too

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

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.

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