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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 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 …

The Climate Emergency – It’s Time to Stop Hitting Snooze and Wake Up

Something struck me for the umpteenth time when watching the BBC’s News at Ten a few nights ago. Tennis star (we are using that term reluctantly) and vaccine hesitant Novak Djokovic’s one-man battle against the Australian Government was the top story brought to us by Huw Edwards. The evening saw a piece on how the …

The Environmental Impact of Valentine’s Day – Show Our Planet Some Love…

Roses are red, Violets are blue, ditch waste this Valentine’s Day, our planet needs you… If you’ve left thinking about your partner’s Valentine’s Day gift to the last minute, there’s good news and a get out of jail card with your name on it waiting. Every year in the UK we send more than 25 …

7 Ways to Make 2022 More Sustainable

The New Year is always a great time to consider making positive changes. Here are our suggestions when it comes to living more sustainably in 2022 and beyond... 1. Shop smarterAim to only buy and consume what you need, to help reduce your footprint and the amount of waste you produce. Support local and independent …

It’s What’s on the Outside That Counts! Is Your Christmas Wrapping Paper Recyclable?

Isn’t all wrapping paper recyclable? ‘Can wrapping paper be recycled?’ is a commonly asked question. Unfortunately, Christmas wrapping paper is often dyed, printed, laminated and/or contains non-paper-based additions (which can include glitter and plastic elements) which can’t be recycled. Can I recycle my Christmas wrapping paper? The good news is that the cheaper wrapping papers …

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 …