Micro houses - the answer for single people perhaps but not families

A new survey finds we Brits are becoming increasingly concerned about the serious shortage of housing in the UK - and many of us have ideas on how to sort it out

Winter at the Boat Pond

Artist Dee McLean is exhibiting a series of paintings she's made over the past two years which chronicle the resurgence of the plants and flowers in the ponds area of Hampstead Heath

we need bees.

Bee numbers continue to decline in the UK, and in other parts of the world. Bees play a crucial role in our eco system so we need to help them out urgently.

Features

Italian furniture company Zanotta's Lama lounge chair is made from recycled PVC

Don't think all plastics are bad. Certainly not recycled and recyclable plastics, which are becoming de rigeur in the eco-conscious household.

Handmade Dartmouth mattress from Cottonsafe Natural Mattress in Devon uses no FR chemicals

A good bed 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...

We all love a Hug Rug

It's a fantastic eco story, a made in Britain story, a 'how have I lived without one?' story. Let's hear it for Hug Rug!

People

Husband and wife Jeremy Grove and Kate Sibley

Kate Sibley and Jeremy Grove think it's about time all furniture is compostable, recyclable and sustainable. And to show their commitment to the cause they've started on their own collection of modern eco-friendly furniture.

Upcycling expert Max McMurdo

Max McMurdo urges us all to unleash our inner practicality and creativity and join him in the immersive world of making, doing and mending

Accessories

Eco Duvet from The Fine Bedding Company

Duvets filled with recycled PET plastic, an eco laundry wash bag to stop synthetic fibres getting into the water system, wooden wall pots for keeping mini cacti on display and beautiful fair trade grass baskets from Senegal...there's much to whet the appetite of the discerning eco-minded shopper this month

A group of Irish travellers who appeared during a photoshoot in 1963

Nigel Trow was a successful professional photographer in the 1960s before moving into art higher education. He's releasing for the first time, and exclusively to Deco, some of his works from the era, images that bring to life that most captivating decade which continues to cast a spell

discarded fishing nets account for 10 per cent of ocean plastic waste

Humanscale's Smart Ocean desk chair is one of the latest new products made using plastic fishing nets retrieved from the sea and reprocessed

Interiors

Pots of Paint is a very eco friendly brand

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?

Tropical, fresh and topical..Love Bird cushions by Jan Constantine

Jan Constantine's embroidered Love Bird cushions are a great example of fine art meeting home accessories

A group of Irish travellers who appeared during a photoshoot in 1963

Nigel Trow was a successful professional photographer in the 1960s before moving into art higher education. He's releasing for the first time, and exclusively to Deco, some of his works from the era, images that bring to life that most captivating decade which continues to cast a spell