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  • Putting up decorations is one of the joys of Christmas. But given that tinsel is made from PVC and so doesn't score highly on the eco points chart, how should we deck the halls? Kay Hill has some sustainable suggestions

We're waking up to the urgent need to halt climate change and lobbying governments and industries is crucial. But don't think of yourself as a powerless tiny cog in the machine because behavioural change x millions does help the planet

Albert Moon Downloadable and printable art on Etsy

Valentine's Day has become another of those days where marketing folks try to convince us our beloved will be thrilled with a bin or a hacksaw. Well, having quizzed a range of folks it seems the old favourites continue to reign supreme: flowers, champagne and a dinner that isn't pasta and pesto. Which isn't to say some new thinking couldn't come into play...

Interior architect Daniel Hopwood prefers to use natural, sustainable materials

This London townhouse is testament to the skill of the many craftspeople working in Britain, and more of us should make use of them, urges interior architect Daniel Hopwood

Graphene is essentially a thin layer of pure carbon and it's hailed as a wonder material. So cue great excitement about a new natural paint from Spain that contains graphene

Rap starts say stop deforestation in Kenya

Kenyan rappers Anderson Mwakazi (aka Harshkid Luckystah), Benard Kaisa (aka Benkaizah) and Simon Mwanjala (aka Popsodah) have a new rap song and video, Pray for Nature, that calls for an end to deforestation in Africa. See it on YouTube and heed their words

Joy Joliffe linen cushions

It's surprisingly hard to find linen cushion covers, so word up, designer Joy Joliffe has a sample sale - your chance to grab an eco-friendly, useful and not to say pretty interior accessory

Farmhouse revival

There's a lot of recycling, upcycling and makin' do and mendin' if you want an authentic farmhouse interior. Farmhouse Revival by Steve Gross and Susan Daley looks at 20 beautiful farmhouses in Northeast America, and should inspire those who want an antidote to minimalism

A University of Surrey study suggests planting a combination of hedges and trees along roadsides can help reduce pollution more effectively than planting trees alone

Gtech Mk2 AirRam

The Gtech underwent a major overhaul.. and if you're someone who struggles to find the motivation to vacuum, well, this lightweight and dare we say excellent AirRam Mk2 device will turn you into a house-proud townmouse. 

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