The Problem With Plastic Free Cotton Buds

This is going to be one of our shorter blogs, as the message is a very simple one. Cotton buds. Many of the leading brands are now making a big fuss about the fact that they have (finally and long overdue) made their cotton buds plastic free. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re made from …

Recycling Myths, Mistakes and Misunderstandings Explained – By a Leading Waste Management Company!

With the aim of clearing up any confusion and dispelling a few myths around waste disposal, recycling and the plastic problem, we interviewed waste management partnership re3. Who better to ask than the experts! From what to put (and not put) in kerbside bins to what happens to recyclable items incorrectly put in to bin …

Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg – Two Inspirational Voices Separated by Nearly 80 Years

Their respective recent speeches, among the most poignant, eye opening and important we have heard, took place at the 2018 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. The kind of generation defining speeches that our grandchildren may sadly watch back in the next century and wonder what went wrong and why …

Plastic Bags vs Paper Bags – Why Paper Bags Are Not the Answer Either

When we hear someone say, “why don’t they just switch to paper bags?” we sigh. It’s a classic example we like to use when talking about the importance of making the right changes. One that is genuinely better environmentally as opposed to another that simply seems like it should be. According to the UK Government, …

Thoughts on Running a Plastic Free and Zero Waste Shop in the UK – By Someone Doing Just That…

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 …

UK Crisp Company Two Farmers Discuss Their ‘First to Market’ Zero Waste and Plastic Free Home Compostable Crisp Packets

Here at Plastic Free Home, we’re huge admirers of Herefordshire-based Two Farmers Crisps. Firstly, as they’re delicious, but more importantly because this small British company has beaten leading players like Walkers (who churn out 11m plastic crisp bags EVERY day and are still just ‘trying’ to tackle the problem) to market with home compostable packaging. …

What’s it Like to Buy and Own a Hybrid (Petrol/Electric) car? We Asked Owner, Wife and Mum Emma…

Married with two kids, Emma from south east England, gives us the low down on buying, owning, running and living with a Hybrid (Petrol/Electric) car… When did you first consider a hybrid car? I’ve known for a while that when our old, trusty car finally gave up that I couldn’t, in good conscience, buy another …

The Important Role of Trees – An Interview With The Woodland Trust

If Trees are the Lungs of the Earth – Is Our Planet Out of Breath? We recently spoke to the Woodland Trust to remind ourselves about the importance of trees (often described as the Earth’s lungs) and their pivotal role in helping to handle our country’s (and indeed our planet’s) growing Carbon output, while providing …

Bamboo Toilet Rolls – Why They Are a Better Option From the Co Founder of The Cheeky Panda

We recently caught up with Chris Forbes, Co-Founder of The Cheeky Panda®, the company behind loo rolls and tissues made from 100% responsibly sourced FSC bamboo. The brand was created by entrepreneurs Chris and Julie in January 2016, after a holiday trip to Southeast Asia where they were exposed to the fact that the vast …

The Shift to Green Energy Has the Wind in its’ Sails

A month or two ago we read an article that suggested Europe’s energy sector has reached a “watershed moment” and predicted that more cost-effective, and of course environmentally friendly, green energy will spell the death of carbon driven energy production within the next decade. Another article that we saw earlier this year celebrated the fact …