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17 tips for a greener Christmas this year

Christmas is just around the corner and preparations are in full swing for the special day, but while it's the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be one of the most polluting.

The festive season is traditionally the period of peak consumption, when we go all out on gifts and food to impress our guests. But you can host an eco-friendly Christmas without skimping on the festive magic with a little expert know-how.

From the tree you buy to the food you eat, everything – no matter how big or small – can make a huge difference. In fact, in just over three days of festivities, the average Brit will create the same level of carbon emissions as they would on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

We round up the best ways to have a greener, more sustainable Christmas...