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Garden sheds are best made from wood

Thinking about installing a shed in the garden? Despite a plethora or plastic and metal sheds coming onto the market, timber remains the material most of us prefer, because it's eco-friendly, weathers well and gains in character over time

Edward Bulmer Natural Paints contain no plastic

Paints have a big impact on air quality, something that's becoming more of a concern to homeowners. So which manufacturers score highly on great colour, environmental friendliness and quality? 

Big Husk chair by Patricia Urquiola for B+B Italia, from Chaplins

Finding something comfortable to sit on for more than a few moments is surprisingly dificult. Most sofas are too hard, most chairs have backs to high/low/rigid, beanbags to too hard to get in and out of and they make too much noise when you move around. So we've done a bit of legwork for you and have some suggestions for chairs you really can spend an evening on watching telly.

Rush Matters makes rugs from rushes

Ok, what's hemp? what's vicuña? ...not sure?..well you need Kay Hill's guide to fibres and fabrics to help you make the most environmentally-friendly choices when buying floor coverings and textiles

Eco weddings deserve eco gifts

Weddings are back on the menu..yay! You've got weddings or civil partnerships coming up... The happy couples have eschewed a list at John Lewis, Harrods or Selfridges, saying airily that 'anything recyclable, bio-degradable or generally CO2-lite will be simply divine!' Rejoice, there's much that fits the bill.

Milam Mattress is made from coir and natural latex

A good mattress and bed frame is a major investment, so choose one made from quality natural materials that are sustainable, long-lasting, won't off-gas and can be recycled. And watch out for noxious fire retardant chemicals in mattresses

Pendant rose eco space dividers made from EchoPanel

Woven Image's EchoPanel is a brilliant lightweight material with myriad uses. It comes in stunning colours and patterns, it's eco-friendly - and it's got great acoustic properties too. Time to get creative!

cob houses date back thousands of years

Need a garden office or a place for your teenagers to hang out? Build your own using the ancient cob technique..it's apparently not that hard to do!

Madeleine Boulesteix

Madeleine Boulesteix can take a box of unwanted glasses, teacups and jelly moulds and turn them into chandelier that will captivate and delight you for years to come. She talks to Abby Trow about her work

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