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 protecting the natural world. We believe strongly that every single one of us can have both a huge individual and collective impact and in the power of “voting with your feet”. If you are wondering, “where do I start?” you may mind 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 phrase: “refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle.”
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 over the past two years. 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 30,000 followers, in more than 20 countries.
You can also now catch us regularly in Wokingham.Today, Round & About Magazine and RG10 Mag, as well as on BBC Radio Berkshire from time to time, 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.
Think you for listening. And, more importantly, for caring.