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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 …

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Living More Sustainably – Where Do I Start?

Back at the tail end of a pre-pandemic 2018, which currently feels like a lifetime ago, climate change was rightly dominating the headlines. From the meteoric rise of Greta Thunberg to the wise words and warnings to us all shared so powerfully by Sir David Attenborough, it felt like a major turning point. It certainly …

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 …

The Best Eco-Friendly Sunscreens – Ocean and Reef Safe SPF Sun Creams

Why are traditional sunscreens bad for the environment? Traditional (generally big brand) sunscreens often contain chemicals, including Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, that can harm or kill coral and marine life when they enter our rivers and oceans. Every time we bath or shower, wash our hands or swim outdoors having applied sunscreen, we risk introducing potentially toxic and …

How to Save on Home Energy Costs (and Help our Planet at the Same Time)

According to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), 40% of the UK’s energy consumption and one fifth of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions stem from powering and heating homes and other buildings. Significant changes, including urgent legislation and well targeted financial support from the Government, are therefore arguably key if the UK is to achieve …

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

Easter eggs and the status quo It’s early February but Easter eggs have already been on the shelves for weeks in some shops and we know that some people buy theirs early so here goes… An estimated 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold annually in the UK. According to the Retail Data Partnership, Cadbury has …