Is There a Zero Waste Shop Near Me? Explore a Zero Waste Directory to Find Out

With the ever-growing number of plastic free and zero waste shops and businesses in the UK, and given that we are often asked by followers to help locate their nearest options, we thought that you might find the five websites below helpful when looking for zero waste shops and businesses near you. 1. The Zero …

S’wheat Launches ‘The World’s First Reusable Bottle Made from Plant-Based Materials’ – Join the Waiting List Now to Get Your Hands on ‘The World’s Most Sustainable Bottle.’

We've been keeping an eye on the S’wheat brand and its progress in the past couple of years so we were delighted when co-founder Jake Elliott-Hook got in touch to tell us more about S’wheat's soon-to-launch new reusable drinks bottle, sold as 'the world's first reusable bottle, made from plants.' Scotland-based S’wheat is the brainchild …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …