Are Supermarkets Keeping Quiet on Recycling? You Can Recycle More Than You Think…

With schemes like Terracycle gaining a wealth of attention and local authorities continuing to improve their own recycling offerings, it’s noticeable how quiet UK supermarkets are remaining on the subject of recycling. Many Britons don’t realise just how many items they can recycle at many of the country’s leading supermarkets, albeit typically more so at […]

What is Terracycle? How it Works and What You Can Recycle

What is Terracycle? Terracycle was established in New Jersey, USA in 2001 as a for profit social enterprise. The name is derived from the Latin for Earth terra) and part of the word ‘recycle’. Today it operates in 20 countries, with a turnover of $25 million. “Making money from rubbish” remains founder Tom Skazy’s motto. […]

Ten of Our Favourite Zero Waste Online Retailers

If you’re in the UK and lucky enough to live near one or more zero waste shops (see our blog on this if you’re not sure), then of course shopping locally is always the best option. If not, here is our run down of our ten favourite online alternatives: Peace With the WildThe Plastic Free […]

2019 and Our Year of Progress – Living a More Sustainable Lifestyle

If 2018 was the year we  ‘woke up’ to the true extent of the threats facing our planet and what else we could do to help make a difference (ultimately leading to the creation of Plastic Free Home), then 2019 was undoubtedly the year of progress on that journey. Here we look back on the […]

The Science of Climate Change – Our Exclusive Interview With Professor Sir Brian Hoskins

“The continued success of our species and of many others on our planet is in doubt.” Professor Sir Brian Hoskins was the Founding Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London and has been a Professor in Meteorology at the University of Reading for 38 years. He has held national and international posts […]

10 Tips for a More Environmentally Friendly New Year

With the New Year just around the corner, here’s a whistle-stop tour of some changes you may wanted to consider to go greener in 2020… 1. Shop smarter Support local businesses and consider the alternatives to supermarkets (read our blog) for your fruit and veg, meat, bread and milk and other fresh produce. The result […]

On BBC Radio With Candidates From Five UK Political Parties – Tackling Them On The Environment

This morning, BBC Radio Berkshire were kind enough to put in an appearance along the walk to work. They were holding a live debate with the five General Election candidates for Reading East, which covers the centre of the town and its surrounds, stretching out into the Borough of Wokingham: Matt Rodda, Labour PartyCraig Morley, […]

It’s What’s on the Outside That Counts! Is Your Christmas Wrapping Paper Recyclable?

Isn’t all wrapping paper recyclable? ‘Can wrapping paper be recycled?’ is a commonly asked question. Unfortunately, Christmas wrapping paper is often dyed, printed, laminated and/or contains non-paper-based additions (which can include glitter and plastic elements) which can’t be recycled. Can I recycle my Christmas wrapping paper? The good news is that the cheaper wrapping papers […]

Our Interview with Zero Waste Business Maya’s Refillables

The growing awareness of the plastic problem and the issue of waste and pollution more widely has seen a slowly growing number of plastic free or zero waste shops opening across the UK. So what is it like to start and run a plastic free shop, what are the challenges and can we expect to […]