Sulapac packaging from Finnish green start-up Sulapac

A worktop made from quartz and waste plastic, premium packaging made from wood and a re-usable disposable vending cup are among the finalists in this year's Green Alley Awards

Clearabee service is an on demand rubbish removal service

If you get fed up waiting for the council to come and clear your rubbish or you worry that the ubiquitous man with a van won't recycle properly, then Clearabee can help

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

Bee and hops on emerald glass by Rowan McOnegal

Artist Rowan McOnegal produces exquisite glass wallhangings, as well as stained glass for doors and windows

It's that time again already...Deco Christmas gift time that is, with perfect presents for your nearest and dearest that have the added benefit of being pretty darn eco...

Features

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.

Pendant space dividing EchoPanel panels can be suspended from thin wires

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!

SCP

It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

People

Katcha designed this crocodile toy from old tractor tyres

Deco heads to Bristol to meet an independent designer who's putting tyres, wheels and inner tubes to good use

Chalk Paint creator Annie Sloan, a woman who's become an international business success

Fervour, passion, zeal.... all are adjectives that describe how Annie Sloan's customers feel about her paint. Many a competitor company would kill to know just what it is about it that inspires such devotion. Its creator isn't entirely sure either, except that it's damn good stuff

Accessories

Thomas Sanderson

The company was delighted to be contacted by customers asking if blinds bought in 1991 could be restrung - yes was the answer and the products are set for another 26 years' use

Bicoca portable lamp

Portable lamps are such a good idea and Marset's Bicoca is a great example of this growing genre of rechargeable lighting

Fruitopia.. grab a piece and go...

Kingston University student George Woolley has a novel proposal to get us to eat more fruit...take apples, pears, bananas etc out of the fruit bowl and mount them in a plum position on the wall instead. His design is called Fruitopia. Loony or a damn good idea?

Interiors

Roman blinds and curtains are a great combination

Roman blinds are fast becoming the nation's favourite window treatment, but there are other options too, depending on your needs and budget

Silk Calla lillies form Bloom

If your home is looking rather lacklustre, and you don't have the budget for a major revamp, take heart. Interior designers have tips that are easy to follow, don't cost much and which definitely do make a difference, whether you live in a bedsit or a large house.