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Christmas sanity

Hazel Sillver

22nd December 2013

New research reveals how to remain composed and serene in the face of Christmas Eve traffic, weird relations and Brussels sprouts. But Hazel Sillver is dreaming of Christmas in Morocco ... where there is no Christmas. more...

Spiced Juniper Berry

Susan Clark

As the nights draw in, Susan Clark settles in for winter with a store of mulling syrup that captures the distinctive, old-English taste of juniper berries. more...

Eco Christmas Gift Guide Part I

Hazel Sillver

From raw mulberry silk pillowcases to beehive adoption, Hazel Sillver suggest some unique green presents for loved ones that don’t cost the earth ...
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Eco Christmas Gift Guide - Part II

Hazel Sillver

30th November 2013

As the festive season approaches draw some inspiration for green gifts from Hazel Sillver's second guide to ethical presents, which includes something for the pet dogs as well as the elephants! more...
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Child's Play: How Children Learn

Phoebe Doyle

17th July, 2012

They need to play; we buy them toys. But education writer Phoebe Doyle thinks you might just be wasting your money, and your children’s time more...
Bernard Matthews

What's the real cost of Bernard Matthews Christmas turkey?

Peter Salisbury

20th December, 2011

In a Behind the Brand special, Peter Salisbury assesses whether Bernard Matthews has cleaned up its act following undercover investigations revealing 'shocking' cruelty and the notorious avian flu H5N1 outbreak more...

The Ecologist guide to Christmas shopping

Laurie Tuffrey

16th December, 2011

Ditch the high street and shop ethically this Christmas. Laurie Tuffrey shows you where to look more...
Homemade Christmas

Five of the best…foodie gifts to make at home

Laurie Tuffrey

15th December, 2011

Eco-friendly, delicious and ultra personal: Laurie Tuffrey explains why homemade treats trump Tesco’s and how to make them
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Homemade Christmas

How to... make your own Christmas decorations

Daniel Copley

14th December, 2011

Instead of heading to the supermarket for your baubles, take the green route and create your own more...
Oxfam Unwrapped

Charity gifting: do festive gifts mean misery for animals?

Ben Hudson

13th December, 2011

With Animal Aid raising concerns about the welfare of livestock sent abroad at Christmas by groups such as Oxfam and Christian Aid, is it time to take another look at charity giving? more...
Christmas markets

Top 10…Christmas markets

Sophie Laggan

28th November, 2011

Whether you're after an locally reared turkey or a handmade ethical gift, a festive fair is where you'll find them. The Ecologist has the lowdown on Europe's best Christmas markets more...
green christmas

The Ecologist guide to greening Christmas

Ruth Styles

1st November, 2011

From food to fun, we've got the skinny on how to make this year's festivities the greenest ever more...

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Seasoning wood

How to ensure a warmer winter by seasoning your firewood

Jonathan Rouse

17th September, 2010

Drying wood properly can increase the energy it releases when burned. Read on for The Ecologist's guide to ensuring your Yuletide logs are as fuel-efficient as possible more...

Behind the Label: Christmas turkey

Pat Thomas

16th December, 2010

Christmas dinner means only one thing for millions of us: turkey. But the intensively reared and genetically manipulated birds that most will consume this holiday season leave a nasty taste in the mouth more...

Ecologist guide to a green Christmas

Jemima Roberts, Eifion Rees and Matilda Lee

1st November, 2010

From Darina Allen's mountain picnics to Mark Boyle's moneyless meditations and Craig Sams decorating with fungi, 11 environment-minded luminaries tell us what they'll be doing this festive season more...

Ecologist guide to a green Christmas

Jemima Roberts, Eifion Rees and Matilda Lee

1st November, 2010

From Darina Allen's mountain picnics, to Mark Boyle's moneyless meditations and Craig Sams decorating with fungi, 11 environment-minded luminaries tell us what they'll be doing this festive season more...
Daylesford organic turkey

How to cook your Christmas turkey

Darina Allen

21st December, 2009

Naturally reared, free range turkeys are more flavoursome, says Irish chef Darina Allen. Here is her guide to cooking old-fashioned roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and bread sauce more...
Tom Hodgkinson

Stuff your face like a pre-Reformation Christian

Tom Hodgkinson

22nd December, 2009

We've inherited an unhealthy, puritan attitude to food and sensory pleasure, says Tom Hodgkinson. Taking a leaf out of the books of our medieval ancestors would do us all good... more...
Molly Scott Cato

Greens should revel in Christmas, not shun it

Molly Scott Cato

21st December, 2009

No hairshirt or sandals for Molly this year - she's bellowing carols and splashing the cash (in her local currency, of course) more...
Andy Hamilton holding a sprig of holly

Christmas presents and decorations - without shopping

Andy Hamilton

7th December, 2009

Christmas needn't be an orgy of consumerism: the more thought, and the less money, that goes into a gift, the more gratefully it is likely to be received. Here are some great ideas... more...
Red wine

Behind the Label: better booze

Pat Thomas

16th November, 2009

If you don't know what's gone into making your drink, stick to organic beer and wine this Christmas, says Pat Thomas

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The Gift and the Word

Bil Talen

5th January, 2009

We interrupt our regular programming for a moral advisory... more...
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DIY Christmas

Matilda Lee and Laura Sevier

17th December, 2008

Eschew those store-bought baubles and pricey trinkets — get into the holiday spirit with all things homemade. By Matilda Lee and Laura Sevier more...
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The plastic party syndrome

Matilda Lee

27th November, 2007

Frustrated by the disposable hangovers from her kids’ parties, Hina Patel made it her business to make goodie bags green more...
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Christmas on a low budget

Matilda Lee

1st November, 2006

How to have a creative and green Christmas more...

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