..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

Over ocean bungalows at MahaRaja resort in Indonesia

Scuba divers and snorkelers staying at the MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge can enjoy a more eco-friendly visit to the green deeps thanks to dive boats that fitted with electric outboards

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

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

Accessories

Wearth co founders Imogen Minoli and Edward Davies

Twentysomethings Imogen Minoli and Edward Davies have launched Wearth London, an online lifestyle store for the eco-friendly, ethical, vegan-minded, sustainability-mad, plastic-avoiding and of course super stylish consumer. So that's you and me.

Do you bit to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by using Wrag Wrap

Wrap your gifts in an eco-friendly fabric that looks and feels remarkably like wrapping paper. Wrag Wrap won't tear or degrade, and it's meant to be re-used again and again

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

Interiors

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

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