Designer Arturo Soto has designed and made a series of beautiful vessels and chalices using discarded wood. They're lovely pieces in themselves but they're also the perfect home for bonsai trees

Milam Mattress - natural latex and coir mattresses, made in the UK

More of us are wanting mattresses made from biodegradable natural materials, free from PU foam and noxious fire retardant chemicals. Milam is a new kid on the block, bring the latex/coir combo to market at competitive prices

Hungry

More of us are investing in wood burning stoves to keep our homesteads warm - and make us feel less dependent on the big energy suppliers. But evidence is mounting that they are significant source of particulate pollutants that are damaging our air quality, so are they a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

Features

Tangier range from Weaver Green is made from recycled PET plastic

We are making progress when it comes to recycling plastics, with more designers using recycled plastic to make attractive products for home and garden, says Kay Hill.

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...

The Guest collection by star Spanish designer Jaime Hayón for Lladró

The word ornament has grim connotations. But don't make your dogs, birds or dancing ladies hide away, because ceramic ornaments mean a huge amount to us - and sales are on the rise

Travel

A natural pool is chlorine free

If you prefer warm rather than boiling hot weather, October's a good month to take a break. And if you want an eco holiday, then a tree house is perfect. Especially if it's in the South of France and has a natural pool to swim in

Architect practice Tate Harmer has been awarded planning permission to build a sustainable hotel for visitors to The Eden Project

The sun terrace outside the master bedroom. The re-build took 16 months

Chances are you can't afford it..nope, not even for one night. But pictures of this beautiful house in the sunny Caribbean can cheer us all up. And Sir Richard Branson's house has been refurbished to extremely high eco standards you'll be glad to hear

Accessories

livorno living storage bench from Lidl

The low cost supermarket chain launches a new range of Scandi-style furniture. With some solid wood pieces, it's good looking and perfect for folks setting up home on a limited budget

Houseplant Care Cards from Another Studio

If you're on the point of giving up on houseplants because they die on you not long after arriving home, don't, because help is at hand

Hunted & Stuffed

For those who like their decorative accessories to be unashamedly pretty and feminine, vintage Japanese kimono silk is being put to good use as cushion covers and lampshades

Interiors

Skinflint lighting is tackling climate change within its own ranks

The Cornwall based reclaimed lighting company says it will become CO2 neutral within six years and it's declared a climate emergency

Fi Douglas of bluebellgray

bluebellgray has gone from the kitchen table to big time homewares brand in a very short space of time. Abby Trow caught up with Fi Douglas, artist, designer, company founder and lover of flowers to find out how she’s coping with success and why her designs have struck such a chord