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

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.

Features

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

People

Who says dining chairs must all be the same? Oliver Heath takes a mix and match approach in his home

He's put eco into chic, and if you're among those who would like to be more eco-friendly but think it's too much of a hassle or too expensive, he can help

Martin Azua

Top designer Martín Azúa talks about nature, craft, going local and his Numbered collection of homewares that he hopes will make daily life better

Accessories

Ophelia cushions in velvet or linen

Artist Claire Nicklin's designs are vibrant, organic and complex and she's launched an interiors brand, Fox & Fettle, so we can all enjoy her art

Eco Duvet from The Fine Bedding Company

Duvets filled with recycled PET plastic, an eco laundry wash bag to stop synthetic fibres getting into the water system, wooden wall pots for keeping mini cacti on display and beautiful fair trade grass baskets from Senegal...there's much to whet the appetite of the discerning eco-minded shopper this month

discarded fishing nets account for 10 per cent of ocean plastic waste

Humanscale's Smart Ocean desk chair is one of the latest new products made using plastic fishing nets retrieved from the sea and reprocessed

Interiors

A group of Irish travellers who appeared during a photoshoot in 1963

Nigel Trow was a successful professional photographer in the 1960s before moving into art higher education. He's releasing for the first time, and exclusively to Deco, some of his works from the era, images that bring to life that most captivating decade which continues to cast a spell

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