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Silk and wool throws by felt expert Claudy Jongstra for Willer

Felt is one of the earliest fabrics made by man, and thousands of years later we still love it for its beauty, warmth, strength and eco-friendliness.

You may lament the lack of cheap package holidays to the Seychelles, but you not going there is helping keep its islands as nature intended. Abby Trow talked tourism and the environment with Seychelles Tourism Minister Didier Dogley on his recent visit to the UK

We've put together a stocking full of gift ideas that cut the mustard on the eco front, as well as being lovely to give and to receive.

red silk embroidered star baubles hand sewn in Gujarat, £3 each at The Elephant Head

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

Beautiful gift-wrapping is eminently do-able with off-cuts of paper and fabric..not to mention shells and seaweed

Don't spend a fortune on gift-wrap. Gift-wrapping expert Arona Khan says we can all learn to wrap beautifully using paper off-cuts and bits-n-bobs we have lying around

Ilve Roma 150cm range cooker is made in Italy

Get the low down on range cookers from an energy efficiency point of view. Kay Hill chooses 20 models, both cast iron heat storage and freestanding range cookers

Shutters are a clean, unobtrusive window treatment

Blinds or curtains? Or both? Or what about shutters? There are many ways to make windows look fabulous, and plenty of eco-friendly woods and fabrics to choose from

Rush matting doesn't have to be the preserve of the humble cottage.. £260 m2 from Rush Matters

Ok, what's hemp? what's vicuña? ...not sure?..well you need Kay Hill's guide to fibres and fabrics to help you make the most environmentally-friendly choices when buying floor coverings and textiles

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

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!

Homebarn Shaker style oak unit

It makes sense to have some kitchen furniture you can take with you when you move, such as island units, dressers and butcher's blocks. And if want a more individual, eclectic kitchen, freestanding is the way to go

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