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Mendip marble

The Romans loved them. Now Britannicus Stone is reawakening interest in the many exquisite stones we have here in the UK

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

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

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

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

Simple ceramic tiles were used for the floors

Casa Luz was a crumbling wreck. This house in rural central west Spain shows just why it's well worth seeking out an architect with vision and the ability to do clever things using inexpensive materials such as ceramic tiles

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