• Cork's long been associated with bottle stops and dull flooring. Not any more: it's the eco-friendly, design-friendly material designers can't get enough of for furniture, homewares and decorative accessories

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    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

  • Old tyres can be upcycled into planters

    Once you get your creative thinking cap on you'll be amazed at what you can upcycle

A light that creates interesting effects Fusion

You don't have to be a lighting designer to achieve mood and ambience with your lamps. The Fusion cut-out cube is a sculptural piece that gives a gentle wash of light

Big Husk chair by Patricia Urquiola for B+B Italia, from Chaplins

Finding something comfortable to sit on for more than a few moments is surprisingly dificult. Most sofas are too hard, most chairs have backs to high/low/rigid, beanbags to too hard to get in and out of and they make too much noise when you move around. So we've done a bit of legwork for you and have some suggestions for chairs you really can spend an evening on watching telly.

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

Poinsettias are perfect for Christmas colour

..and not just for Christmas of course because poinsettias come in many other hues from cream to green to pink. But we tend to buy them as a yuletide tradition and rightly so because they are inject much needed colour at this time of year


Alice Hall - Holiday Time oil painting

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters' annual exhibition - pieces available to buy in-person and online

The Old Laboratory building at Wisley opens in March

If gardens are your thing, then head to Wisley in Surrey where among the many attractions is the Old Laboratory - open to the public for the first time in over a century

The renowned actor is the star of a forthcoming environmental short film shot entirely in wetlands in London

no single use plastic water bottles were sold at the golf tournament

The Volvo China Open Golf Tournament in Shenzhen used refill water stations throughout the venue for players and visitors, saving some 40,000 plastic bottles from ending up in landfill or in the sea

ceramic striped baubles made in Cornwall

You've got the if you want to update the bauble collection you might like to know that British heritage pottery Cornishware has launched its first collection of ceramic mini baubles painted in its trademark stripes