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Carpenter Tim Mansfield built this enclosure for residents in north London

Vital as they are, wheelie bins and recycling boxes aren't the most beautiful things. The answer to bin blight? Store them in a wooden enclosure and make a feature of an eyesore

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

A table should be a once in a lifetime purchase

A table, a bed, a chair... everyone needs these pieces of furniture says Mark Godsell-Fletcher, founder of the popular independent reclaimed wood furniture company Eat Sleep Live

Wall tiles made from recycled paper by US' MioCulture, £32 for 12 tiles, plus shipping

How environmentally friendly is wallpaper? If 'not very' is the answer...which it is.. what products can be used to make our walls green and interesting company? Kay Hill investigates

Take an old sail and turn it into fabulous contemporary outdoor furniture

Tesla Powerwall2 allows you to store energy from your PV panels

If you have solar PV panels, as actor, TV presenter and renewable energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn does, you can now store the electricity they generate using a battery such as the Tesla Powerwall2

A fantastic table..the oak Branch table by Blu Dot, from £1,395 at Heal's

A table is a key piece of furniture needed for a civilised life ...along with a bed and a chair. There's no shortage of good design in eco-friendly materials, but here are a few we particularly like across the price spectrum

Fill your home with plants

Let's hear it for house plants, outdoor cooking and British craftspeople who make good things out of wood and wool. Not to mention scented candles that really DO fill a room with fragrance.

We are becoming familiar with solar panels

Lots of us are bemused and confused about what renewable energy products are suitable for our homes and what the gains of installing them are. Carl Benfield of Prescient Power in Leicestershire aims to enlighten us

Should you have a garden that's big enough, it makes sense to put in a garden room if you need a home office, somewhere to put growing kids, sprightly grandparents or overnight guests, or you need a place to escape to. Sheds ain't what they used to be you know

Tibbo teak collection by Barber Osgerby for Germany's Dedon

Sunny days shift our focus outside. But to enjoy our gardens, balconies, terraces and patios, we need at the very least something to sit on. Kay Hill seeks outdoor furniture that looks great, is comfortable and has green credentials

Wood floors have many advantages – they're easy to keep clean, don’t harbour dust and mites, are hard-wearing, long-lasting, natural, biodegradable and, of course, they look fantastic. But with so many products on the market, what type of wood is best? Kay Hill investigates

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