Ten Reasons the Earthshot Prize Missed Its Target

It has taken us a little over a month to get around to writing this, perhaps because we have only just finished digesting the inaugural Earthshot Prize ceremony, which aired in the UK on the BBC on Sunday, 17 October 2021. According to its website: “Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October …

Let’s Make Black Friday Green – The Environmental Impact of Black Friday

In the 1860s the term “Black Friday” was used in reference to stock market crashes in the USA. However, since the 1950s it has been re-coined to describe a day of shopping and so-called sales, in a trend that had thankfully eluded the UK until more recently. And who else have we to thank for …

Sir David Attenborough Gives Impassioned Speech at COP26

Back in 2018, Sir David Attenborough’s speech at COP24, held in Katowice, Poland, was one of the final triggers that led us to establishing Plastic Free Home. Speaking then, Sir David warned: “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.” He went on …

The BBC’s ‘Shop Well for the Planet?’ is a Grower…

At first glance, we weren’t too sure about the BBC’s new series, ‘Shop Well for the Planet?’, a spin-off of the more established ‘Shop Well for Less’ and ‘Eat Well for Less’ on BBC One. The new programme is being aired under the BBC’s ‘Our Planet Now’ banner, described as “the BBC’s ongoing commitment to …

10 Tips for a More Eco Friendly Christmas

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means just a little bit more. ”It’s not often that we quote the Grinch, but in this case, and perhaps at the moment more than ever, Dr Seuss’ fictional character is spot on. Ordinarily, Christmas is a magical time of year but it is also …

30 of Greta Thunberg’s Best Quotes on Climate Change and the Climate Emergency

Who is Greta Thunberg? If you don’t know the answer, where have you been? 18 year old Greta Thunberg is a climate change activist from Sweden. Greta is now so well known globally that simply “Greta” is enough to know who is being talked about. As a young child, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s (a …

20 Facts About Plastic Bottles and Their Environmental Impact

With many of us (hopefully) in the UK having ditched plastic bottled drinks and moved towards using refillable and reusable drinks bottles, here is a reminder of why… 1. In the UK, we use 7.7bn plastic bottles annually (Gov.uk) 2. The average UK household uses 480 plastic bottles a year (Refill, 2020) 3. 45% of …

We’re Looking Forward to Speaking to…

Thank you to Plastic Free Chesterfield, for inviting us to speak at their virtual event at 7.00pm on Monday 27 September, alongside Plastics Rebellion, winners of a Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Heroes award in 2021. For more information or to register to join this free virtual event (taking place via Zoom), please click here. …

Keeping Your Laundry Clean and Green

Doing the laundry may not seem like a household chore laden with environmental issues but think again. Caught in a cycle Let’s begin with the simplest change of all. We have long been conditioned to constantly wash everything we wear and use. For example, according to Good Housekeeping, you should be washing your hand towels …

Going Green This Halloween – Tips for a Plastic Free and Eco-Friendly Fright Night

Scary stuff This time last year we appeared on a local BBC radio station talking about the environmental impact of Halloween. For example, in the UK alone, Halloween costumes and accessories are responsible for 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles. And, shockingly, 90% of the Halloween costumes we buy contain …