Why Not all Soaps are Clean and Green – Our Top Eco-Friendly, Natural, Vegan and Cruelty Free Soap Bars

According to Conservation: “From cradle to gate, liquid soaps [also known as handwash] require five times more energy for raw material production and nearly 20 times more energy for packaging production than bar soaps do.” “A recent study on the environmental impacts of soaps and their associated packaging found that bar soaps have a lower …

Ethical and Eco-Friendly Easter Eggs – From Fairtrade and Plastic Free to Vegan and Organic

Easter eggs and the status quo An estimated 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold annually in the UK. According to the Retail Data Partnership, Cadbury has a 20% share of the UK confectionary market at Easter, with the top 10 selling brands as follows: 1. Cadbury2. Nestle3. Haribo4. Wrigley’s5. Galaxy6. Kinder7. Maltesers8. Maynards Bassetts9. Swizzels10. …

Our A-Z of Our Top Eco-Friendly Companies and Brands

It’s easy as A, B, C – right? Not quite. We think that it’s worth taking the time to ensure that any eco-conscious swaps you are considering are actually “better” overall than the current brands and products you are using. It’s too easy to make a “wrong turn” otherwise, or perhaps resolve one problem only …

Talking Toilet Roll – Our Interview with BoxRoll

You may have read our recent review of recycled toilet roll brand BoxRoll (If you don’t have time, we rated the brand and its products’ 9/10). As you know, at Plastic Free Home we like to do our homework and, whenever possible, put our questions directly to the brains behind the brands. So, we spoke …

Eco-Friendly Make-Up? Our Zao Review

Item name: Make-up Made by: Zao Bought from: Zao – Essence of Nature UK Description: Inspired by a gift received from a Taiwanese friend (A pen and pencil made from bamboo), the Zao brand was born. Zao is an environmentally alternative to mainstream make-up brands, offering a distinctive and wide range of largely refillable products. …

Renewable Energy – Our Top 5 Green Energy Companies

Energy production and use According to industry regulator Ofgem, a typical UK home with medium energy usage uses 3,100 KWh of electricity every year and 12,000 KWh of gas, resulting in the production of 3.4 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) annually. That is why, according to the Energy Saving Trust, around a fifth of the …

Eco-Friendly Recycled Toilet Paper – Our BoxRoll Review

Product name: BoxRoll recycled toilet roll Made by: Rural Trading Bought from: Rural Trading Description: If you’ve followed Plastic Free Home for a little while, you’ll know that we like to talk about toilet roll. You may have read our recent blog article, ‘The Environmental Impact of Toilet Paper’, for example, and you can check …

The Environmental Impact of Toilet Paper – Are Recycled or Bamboo Loo Rolls the Answer?

The environmental impact of toilet paper The average British consumer uses 127 rolls of toilet paper (loo roll) a year, according to Statista. The Confederation of Paper Industries says that this equates to 1.3 tonnes of tissue annually across the UK. Worldwide every year, we go through enough toilet roll to wrap around the Earth’s …

Comic Relief Merchandise – It’s Just Not Funny…

Back in the early 2000s, we volunteered with Comic Relief twice, as a telephone pledge taker. It was a rewarding and worthwhile experience. Since 1988, over £1 billion has been raised to support those in need and no-one can argue with that incredible achievement. But, after three decades we were dismayed to see the recently …

The Wisest of Words – 15 of Sir David Attenborough’s Most Memorable Moments

With a career spanning an incredible 70 years and at the ripe old age of 94, Sir David Attenborough has dedicated his life to furthering our understanding of the natural world and helped all of us to fall in love with our wondrous planet many times over. It would be impossible to surmise his life’s …