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Meaco's 1056 Air Circulator

UK summer weather is so darn hot it's impossible to function without a fan. But lots of them are deafeningly loud, so those nice quiet people at Quiet Mark have highlighted fans that won't keep you awake at night

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.

Dorset Tea biodegradable teabags

Dorset Tea has joined the no plastic purveyors of the UK's favourite hot beverage with eco teabags that can composted by your friendly neighbourhood local authority

GODAN stands for Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and it wants us all to know its name

Miscanthus bale house in west Wales under construction

A house in West Wales has been built using carbon negative Miscanthus bales in a project aiming to evaluate the benefits and viability of using the plant in construction

Vanessa Arbuthnott uses organic cotton and linen fabrics

Despite being used increasingly for clothing, organic fabrics for use in the home are remain pretty hard to find. Kay Hill considers why interiors are lagging behind in this important area, and looks at what's on the market

Clean, fresh, crisp, natural... these are adjectives used about that most ubiquitous of fabrics, cotton. But in his book, Cotton, Canadian academic Adam Sneyd explores the dark side of global cotton production.

Yoga Design Lab

Forget pilates, yoga's the exercise of the moment. And it's all the better when performed on an environmentally friendly mat made from natural rubber and recycled plastic

carrie akroyd song thrush blossom

The Natural Eye, the Society of Wildlife Artists's annual exhibition, showcases the best of fine art inspired by our wonderful natural world. It's on at Mall Galleries in London from 28 October to 8 Nov

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