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  • 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

succulents are easy to care for

Succulents were the height of bohemian chic in the '70s and they're still enjoying a resurgence thanks to a focus on easy-care plants and the need to do something about our indoor air quality. Grower Fiona Weymss of Kent-based Blueleaf Plants gives us the lowdown on these adorable little creatures

Recycled plastic rug from nanimarquina

The weather's a bit up and down..hot one week, raining and cloudy the next... but your deck or patio can always look good with an outdoor rug on it. Choose ones made from recycled recycled polyester or other plastic - they're great for impromptu picnics and summer gatherings, as well as for sunbathing on. And even those deluges of rain won't hurt them...

Gtech Mk2 AirRam

The Gtech underwent a major overhaul.. and if you're someone who struggles to find the motivation to vacuum, well, this lightweight and dare we say excellent AirRam Mk2 device will turn you into a house-proud townmouse. 

Facemask recycling at Wilko for ReWorked

The retailer estimates some 400,000 masks could be recycled by the time the scheme ends

Antique radiators have an elegance. From the Old Radiator Company

The salvage business is doing rather well in these bargain-hunting times. And you may be surprised to find that the use of salvaged materials in interior design is driven by women, not their supposedly super-handy-where-there's muck-there's-money-menfolk. 

Planted is a new outdoor design event focusing on zero waste

Planted is a new outdoor event showcasing sustainable design. Part of the London Design Festival 2021, it's taking place at the regenerated Kings Cross site in London this September. 

Jungle in Town

The pop up plant specialists will be at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham, south London, from June 11-13. So if you're after houseplants at great prices, don't miss this sale

Comedian Jim Moir is a keen gardener

If you're a keen and creative gardener, enter this competition with a chance to win a £10,000 first prize. It doesn't matter if you have rolling acres or just a window box or two, if you can demonstrate your skill as a gardener you'll be in with a chance

Skar candles are made from organic beeswax

 Skär Organics offers the first certified organic, UK-made candles, unfragranced and scented

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