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The 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" than the current brand and products you're using. It's too easy to make a "wrong turn" otherwise, or perhaps resolve one problem but get caught …

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Living More Sustainably – Where Do I Start?

Back in the tail end of 2018, which currently feels like a lifetime ago, climate change was rightly dominating the headlines. From the emergence of Greta Thunberg to the wise words and warning to us all shared so powerfully by Sir David Attenborough, it felt like a turning point. It certainly was for our family. …

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 …

Rethinking Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

Last week, I read a piece in The Telegraph by TV personality and writer Victoria Coren Mitchell, on “the joy of proper British holidays,” and it got me thinking. In the same way that last year it felt so good to watch more and more people rediscovering and embracing nature, this year it has been …

Octopus Energy Referral Code

At home, our current energy supplier is Octopus Energy. When making a choice, we felt that Octopus Energy offered the best balance of green credentials, including directly investing in renewables infrastructure, and affordability. In 2019, Octopus Energy was named the Renewable Energy Association's (REA) energy company of the year, and in 2020, it was named …

Climate Change is Turning up the Heat

We recently read a BBC News article with the headline: ‘Met Office Issues First UK Extreme Heat Warning’. For a moment, it felt a little like one of those turning points in a Hollywood disaster movie, shortly before everything hits the fan. Unfortunately, that is a feeling we have been having more and more often …

Peat Free Compost – Why Monty Don and Nature and Wildlife Charities are Leading the Call To Go Peat Free

On a recent trip to a garden centre to buy ericaceous compost (the more acidic variety, which we have found harder to make ourselves), we were once again reminded of the lack of available peat free options. When asking a member of staff for help, they appeared oblivious as to the reason for the question …

25 of Greta Thunberg’s Best Quotes – Climate Change

Who is Greta Thunberg? If you don’t know the answer, where have you been? 16 year old Greta Thunberg is a climate change activist from Sweden. As a young child, she was diagnosed with Aspergers (a form of Autism) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Overcoming several challenges and her growing concerns over climate change, Greta …

15 Must Watch Films and TV Documentaries on Climate Change and Sustainability

If you fancy taking a break from binge-watching the latest series on Netflix (other streaming services are available - it's arguably just the best one), here's our simple list of 15 films and TV documentaries on climate change and sustainability that are well worth a watch. You might just learn something... (you will, guaranteed). 2. …

For Peat’s Sake… Help Us to Encourage Garden Centres and Retailers to Go Peat Free

You may have seen some of our many posts on the use of Peat in compost over the past couple of years and perhaps read our blog on '7 Reasons to Avoid Peat and Why it is Bad for the Environment'. If you are as passionate about the subject as we are, we urge you …

Why We’ve Not Yet Lost Faith in Faith In Nature – We Put Your Questions to Them…

We recently shared a post from the lovely Scottish-based zero waste shop Grain & Sustain about their experience of working with Faith in Nature and the direction they felt the brand was taking going forward. It led to a lively and engaging debate, with other zero waste businesses sharing their own thoughts and experiences, alongside …

20 of the Best Books to Read on Climate Change, the Plastic Problem and Other Environmental Issues

With a growing range of books on climate change, the plastic problem and other environmental issues (some good, some not so) hitting the shelves, here’s our helpful guide to 20 of the best reads to get you started. And, if you're after suggestions for children, check out our blog here. A Life on Our Planet: …