..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

This social enterprise is the answer to your frustration at what to buy for that difficult relative who disingenuously says they don't want anything for Christmas

garden trading

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

Features

Duette blinds trap warmth

Snug as a bug in a rug? Or are you plagued by draughts and chills up your spine? You need Deco’s guide to a warmer, more eco-friendly home

The good news for anyone on a budget is that the general consensus has become this: Christmas should be fun and merry and joyous, but it should be eco too. So get out the brown paper and the biodegradable glitter, don't buy more food than Bruce Bogtrotter could eat, and compost all your peelings

We're all getting more involved in the fight against climate change thanks in no small part to children who're rightly demanding that adults don't trash young people's futures

Travel

Architect practice Tate Harmer has been awarded planning permission to build a sustainable hotel for visitors to The Eden Project

The sun terrace outside the master bedroom. The re-build took 16 months

Chances are you can't afford it..nope, not even for one night. But pictures of this beautiful house in the sunny Caribbean can cheer us all up. And Sir Richard Branson's house has been refurbished to extremely high eco standards you'll be glad to hear

Finisterre has swimwear ranges made from Econyl

We should all holiday close to home if we’re to save the planet... but that’s just not going to happen any time soon. So let’s all do our bit to lessen the impact of our wanderlust on the environment, says German sustainable travel experts Green Pearls

Accessories

With the world drowning in plastic waste, it's good to see more businesses making products from recycled plastic

livorno living storage bench from Lidl

The low cost supermarket chain launches a new range of Scandi-style furniture. With some solid wood pieces, it's good looking and perfect for folks setting up home on a limited budget

Making a Life is published on November 1 2019

Inspiration is at hand for anyone who has a hankering to ditch the corporate life and embrace working with their hands. Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live comes out next month

Interiors

Harrison Spinks is a renowned British mattress manufacturer

Leeds-based family run business Harrison Spinks is committed to further improving its sustainability by cutting out use of synthetics foams and glues in its products

Skinflint lighting is tackling climate change within its own ranks

The Cornwall based reclaimed lighting company says it will become CO2 neutral within six years and it's declared a climate emergency

It's quintessentially English with timeless charm. Country house style allows for eccentricity, simplicity, florals, comfort and cosiness. And it's an eco friendly look because you'll find pieces you need at antiques fairs, auctions and second-hand shops. And there's plenty of scope for upcycling