Electric Vehicles – Myths and Misconceptions

This autumn, after much research and careful deliberation, we finally took the plunge and ordered our first electric vehicle (EV). In the UK, that still very much makes us ‘early adopters’. Of the 33 million cars on our roads, just 462,050 are battery electric vehicles (BEVs) according to the RAC. But the picture is changing. …

COP Out? Will UN Climate Change Conference Make a Difference?

“Climate change is the defining issue of today’s world”, asserted United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres ahead of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP27. “There has been a tendency to put climate change on the back burner,” he said. “If we are not able to reverse the present trend, we will be doomed.” He …

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 …

The Weekly Grocery Shop – Can You Save Money and Still be Sustainable?

The rising cost of just about everything is unmissable at the moment, not least when it comes to the weekly grocery shop. But, is it possible to save money and still be sustainable? Yes… Make it from scratchMost of us have become rather lazy in the kitchen, leaning too heavily on processed, pre-prepared and overly …

Meeting ‘Show Your Stripes’ Creator, Professor Ed Hawkins MBE…

The ‘Show Your Stripes’ graphics have quickly become iconic and an internationally-recognised visualisation of the climate emergency facing us. The research and graphics are the brainchild of the University of Reading’s Professor Ed Hawkins MBE, a co-author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sixth Assessment Report, published in 2021. A few months ago …

Ten Tips to Help You Save Water

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” Make no mistake, the water shortages faced in the UK this summer should not be dismissed as “just another hosepipe ban.” You only have to look around Europe to read headlines such as ‘Water Shortage Cripples Nuclear Reactors in France’, …

What is the Best Eco Friendly Deodorant?

The deodorant market In 2021, the worldwide deodorant market was estimated to be worth an incredible £60 billion ($73 billion) and 79% of people in the UK include a deodorant in their weekly shop. Leading names range from Dove, L’Oreal and Nivea to Lynx, Sure, alongside supermarket own brands. What are the problems with traditional …

Why Our Family Holidays Are a No Fly Zone…

As young adults, like many, Mr and Mrs PFH both travelled. Unfortunately, those fond memories are now tinged with a growing sense of guilt, having watched the climate crisis continue to escalate. Growing up, things were very different. Our family holidays were largely spent in South Wales, separated by the occasional trip to Scotland or …

The Refill Revolution Takes Its Next Step in Wokingham – With Maya’s Refillables…

Zero waste business Maya’s Refillables has been a regular fixture at Wokingham Market for several years. With the business having recently set up shop at its shiny new permanent home in Wokingham’s Peach Place, we caught up with owner and friend to Plastic Free Home, Maya Gheorghe, to find out more. “Having a shop has …

Making Parties More Sustainable with Reusable Party Kits

What Every Party Needs to Get it Started… If you have children then you will relate to two things I am about to briefly mention. Firstly, losing many of your long-awaited weekends to attending what seems like an infinite number of their friend’s (lovely, of course) birthday parties. And, secondly, the challenge of avoiding unnecessary …