lnspired by Sir David Attenborough.
On 3 December 2018 Sir David Attenborough gave an arguably generation defining speech at the UN climate change summit in Katowice, Poland.
At that summit, Sir David talked of “our greatest threat in thousands of years” and warned that “time is running out”. He said that “if we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisation and the collapse of the natural world is on the horizon”.
Sir David went on to explain that it is not yet too late and that everyone has a part to play and can make a real difference.
His words brought the immediacy of the challenge we all face to the fore. On a very personal note, they made us angry, sad, frightened for the future, and most importantly, more determined than ever. To do everything that we can to help the cause and to make a difference.
At the end of December 2018, we wrote to Sir David Attenborough to thank him for inspiring us, like many others, and we were both touched amazed to receive a handwritten response endorsing our efforts just a week later. That letter now proudly hangs, framed in our kitchen!
Plastic Free Home is Born
That is why we decided in December 2018 to set up an online community to raise awareness of the challenges we all face and to seek and share ideas and information on how we can all work towards living more sustainably.
You can find our popular and fast growing page, Plastic Free Home on Facebook. In the past few months alone, our content has reached hundreds of thousands of people.
Like you, we are just a normal, everyday family that cares about protecting the natural world. We believe strongly that every single one of us can have a huge individual and collective impact and we believe in the power of “voting with your feet”. If you are wondering, “where do I start?” you may mind out blog article, ‘How to Start a Zero Waste Lifestyle‘ helpful. If you want things simplified further, the mindset we all need to try to adopt is best summed up by a classic sustainability model, which sets out the ideal order of things: “refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle.”
We greatly value and appreciate the daily interaction with our followers, and their passion, commitment and ideas. We welcome feedback and suggestions regarding the changes they have each made, some as a result of following Plastic Free Home.
What Happened Next?
We have been overwhelmed by the response to Plastic Free Home over the past two years. When we began, we said that we would be happy to continue longer term if we found 100 followers prepared to listen. As we write, we are about to reach an incredible 30,000 followers in more than 20 countries.
You can also now catch us regularly in Wokingham.Today, Round & About Magazine and RG10 Mag, and on BBC Radio Berkshire, through which we collectively reach tens of thousands of homes. We’ve appeared in the likes of Country Living, Berkshire Live, In Your Area, The Reading Chronicle, The Bracknell News and Village Eye too.
In autumn 2020 Sir David Attenborough has been busy once again, with the likes of ‘Extinction: The Facts’ and ‘A Life on Our Planet’. We wrote to Sir David one more time, to thank him and to update him on our progress. And he very kindly responded. “I am delighted that your plastic free movement has been such a success,” he wrote.
Think you for listening. And, more importantly, for caring.