We are inspired by our love of the natural world, our two children and the incredible human being that is Sir David Attenborough.
On 3 December 2018 Sir David Attenborough gave an arguably generation defining speech at the UN’s #COP24 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.
In 2019 we wrote to Sir David Attenborough to thank him for inspiring us. We were touched to receive a handwritten letter in response just a few weeks later. It now proudly hangs, framed, in our kitchen!
Plastic Free Home is Born
In December 2018, we decided to create an online community to raise awareness of the challenges we all face and to seek and share information and ideas on how we can all work towards living more sustainably.
Like you, we are just a normal, everyday family that loves and cares about looking after and protecting the natural world. We believe strongly that every single one of us can have both a crucial individual and collective impact and in the power of “voting with your feet”. If you are wondering, “where do I start?” you may find our blog article, ‘How to Start a Zero Waste Lifestyle‘ helpful. If you want things simplified further, the mindset we believe that we all need to aim to adopt is best summed up by the “refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle” model.
We greatly value and appreciate the daily interaction with you, our followers, and your passion, commitment, questions and ideas.
What Happened Next?
We have been overwhelmed by the response to Plastic Free Home. When we began, we said that it would be worthwhile continuing longer term if we found 100 like-minded followers. We recently topped an incredible 45,000 followers, in more than 20 countries.
You can also catch us regularly in Wokingham.Today, Round & About Magazine and RG10 Mag, as well as on BBC Radio Berkshire regularly, through which we collectively reach tens of thousands of homes. We’ve appeared in the likes of The Scotsman, Country Living, Berkshire Live, In Your Area, The Reading Chronicle, The Bracknell News and Village Eye too, and been featured on a range of websites and blogs. We are also invited by schools, charities and community groups to speak on the subject. From time to time we also contribute guest blogs, having featured on websites ranging from that of a national real estate agent to a major games manufacturer.
We always give our time for free but on occasion, if something is gifted to us or we receive any form of ‘reward‘ from a brand we will always let you know. And we will donate the amount received to nature and wildlife conservation charities here in the UK, our favourites including The Woodland Trust, The RSPB, The National Trust, The National Forest and The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).
Thank you for listening. And, more importantly, for caring.
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