“What happens next is up to every one of us,” Warns Attenborough

It’s been a busy week or two in the world of Plastic Free Home. Last week we co-hosted a live Q&A session with zero waste business founder Kate Cottrell, who runs the fantastic Scoop in nearby Fleet. Well worth a visit if and when you get time. We weren’t sure how long it would last or whether [...]

“2020 Vision” A Poem About Climate Change, Plastic Pollution and Living More Sustainably

2020, the strangest of years. One of many challenges and more than a few tears. We stayed at home, placed our lives on pause. Took to the streets to share our applause. But the world, it keeps spinning, and the fight for our future isn't one that we're winning. All the while it's turning, Mother [...]

“Sales of Plastic Bags Down 95%” Claims the Government

What the Government has said Upon confirming that the cost of a carrier bag in England will double to 10p from April 2020, the Government also proudly announced that sales of carrier bags have fallen by 95% since the introduction of the ‘plastic bag tax’ in 2015. The compulsory plastic bag charge currently only applies [...]

Climate Change is Here. Now.

Back in 2006, we remember watching former United States’ Vice President Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, about what we then commonly referred to as “global warming”. At the time he said, “What we take for granted might not be here for our children,” a sobering thought and a message that the likes of Sir [...]

Residents Say Recycling Plans Belong in the Bin – But Are They Right?

As recently highlighted, Wokingham Borough Council ( a local authority area in south east England, UK) is exploring replacing residents’ black kerbside recycling boxes with reusable hessian sacks. A quick glimpse at comments on a Wokingham.Today article or a brief trawl of social media will tell you that many residents are confused by or unhappy [...]

Forget the Question, the Answer is Vinegar (and Bicarbonate of Soda…)

According to research, we spend £4.5 billion a year on cleaning products in the UK, whilst the global market is worth close to £30 billion. A quick search on a leading supermarket’s website for “cleaning products” offers up more than 400 items. From bathroom cleaners to kitchen cleaners, toilet cleaners to floor cleaners. From sprays [...]

Climate Change – A Golden Opportunity Missed?

At times like this it’s less difficult to believe that humans still share around 60% of their DNA with a banana. On a good day, witnessing some peoples’ behaviours and observing their apparent priorities, often unbelievably short-termist, can lead to despair for others. But never more so than in recent weeks, which have offered a [...]

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

With summer having firmly arrived, we thought we’d offer up some tips on eco friendly sun protection. Why are traditional sunscreens bad for the environment? Big brand sunscreens often contain chemicals, including Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, that can harm or kill coral and marine life when they enter the water system. Vitally important ecosystems, coral reefs, often referred [...]

COVID-19 and Climate Change – What Can We Learn?

“There has never been a time when more people are out of touch with the natural world than now,” said Sir David Attenborough in January 2019. Just 18 months later, look where we are. In the midst of a global pandemic that many experts have attributed in part to our “lack of respect for nature” [...]

Our Review: Iron & Velvet

Item name: Antibacterial surface cleaner (coconut and lime) Made by: Iron & Velvet Bought from: Iron & Velvet Description: Iron & Velvet was launched in 2014, with the aim of “bringing high quality, luxury cleaning products to market”. In 2020, this had evolved to focus on “The War on Plastic Pollution”. We tried Iron & [...]