Interiors

Bamboo has a reputation as one of the most eco-friendly materials, a real super grass. It's used in products from flooring to t shirts and washable nappies - but is it always good stuff? Kay Hill investigates

Eris silk, vegan-friendly and new to the UK

For those who love silk but don't want silkworms to die in the manufacturing process, Eris is a brand of eri, or peace silk, that's new to the UK. It offers a fabulous range of designs and plain colours for interior furnishings and accessories

Edward Bulmer Natural Paints contain no plastic

Paints have a big impact on air quality, something that's becoming more of a concern to homeowners. So which manufacturers score highly on great colour, environmental friendliness and quality?

Peronda is one of Spain's leading tile manufacturers

Wood is wonderful but it's not always the best flooring for a room. So if you're heart's set on wood but your head tells you it's a no-no, look to ceramics, because manufacturers have perfected their imitation of wood

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

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

Family room at the Wilton Street house by Residence One

Come on, we all like a bit of vicarious luxury, since most of us don't live in it ourselves! And if you want to know whether eco issues do arise when designing for the super rich, interior designer Emily Carlisle at Laura Hammett Interiors says yes, they do

Vanessa Arbuthnott Orchard collection

She's a textile designer who's long been committed to using only eco-friendly organic cotton and pure linen for her vibrant, versatile and charmingly English fabric collections. The latest of which is Orchard

The study

Wood floors are popular because they're practical, beautiful and come from a sustainable source. This refurbishment of a very special house in LA may well inspire you if you're thinking about flooring

Christine Liu's new book is a must for anyone wanting to be more eco friendly at home. Full of useful, easily do-able ideas, Sustainable Home will galvanise you to be less wasteful and to consume with caution instead of gay abandon

A labour of love..Follonico has been beautifully restored

This house in southern Tuscany has been refurbished using reclaimed, recycled, upcycled materials, with plenty of antiques and vintage finds for charming, restful interiors

Zetland Road, Manchester - a Victorian eco house

We associate low to no energy bills with new-build houses that feature all the latest eco tech. But Ecospheric shows that Victorian houses can be made ultra low energy dwellings too

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