Washing the Dishes – From Plastic Free Scourers, Brushes and Cloths to Washing Up Liquid and Dishwasher Tables

Washing the Dishes – From Plastic Free Scourers, Brushes and Cloths to Washing Up Liquid and Dishwasher Tables A double-sided sponge was first patented by 3M for the purposes of car washing. Fast forward to 2019 and billions of kitchen scourers are sold worldwide every year. Couple that with the billions of dishcloths, largely made …

Are UK Supermarkets Doing Enough? From Plastic Carrier Bags to Packaging, We Compare Them…

“More than two thirds of the packaging in families’ weekly shops is not recyclable,” according to an article published in the Telegraph last month. The article also highlighted the fact that UK supermarkets are responsible for an estimated 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging every year. The newspaper conducted a study which looked at four leading …

The Amazon Rainforest Fires – Have We Lost Touch with the Natural World?

The past few weeks have offered a saddening reminder of how much, as Sir David Attenborough said in his UN speech last year, we have lost touch with the natural world. NASA has confirmed that 2019 has seen the highest number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon in nearly a decade, with a year on …

Percol Coffee Bags Vs Taylor’s of Harrogate Coffee Bags – the Verdict

This week, when exiting the station during the morning commute, we were handed a packet of coffee bags from upmarket-ish drinks brand, Taylors of Harrogate. While our first reaction was to ‘refuse’, we instead took one packet in order to pit them up against the box of Percol’s new coffee bags sat on our desk for …

An Interview with Plastic Free Coffee Brand, Percol

Last year, Percol became the first coffee brand to receive the 'Plastic Free Trust Mark', having already been the first coffee brand to gain Fair Trade approval. We spoke to Percol's Ollie Richmond to find out more... Give us a brief history of Percol? "Percol is a brand with a great story. We are proud to …

An Interview with Plastic Free Tea Pioneer Nick Kilby, Co-Founder of Tea Pigs

Teapigs were one of the first tea brands in the UK to go plastic free and to take the plastic problem seriously. We caught up with co-founder Nick Kilby… Tell us where the idea for teapigs came from? “Myself and Louise (Cheadle) started teapigs in November 2006 with one mission – to get the nation …

Why Leading Lip Balm Brands are Licking Their Lips and an Environmentally Friendly Eco Lip Balm Brand Has Got Its Founder Buzzing…

When you learn that the annual UK lip balm market is worth £60 million* pounds or that in the USA it’s worth around seven times that at over $400 million*, you realise why those brands leading the way in terms of sales are licking their balm-coated lips. We spoke to Julie Macken, ‘Deputy Queen Bee’ …

BBC TV Presenter Michaela Strachan on the Problems Facing Our Planet…

From nineties kids’ favourite The Really Wild Show through to the BBC’s Country File, Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes, TV presenter and nature lover Michaela Strachan has been on our screens for three decades. We spoke to Michaela to get her views on the problems facing our planet and to hear about her ongoing work with …

‘Sales of Plastic Bags Have Fallen by 90%’ – Is the UK Government’s Claim True?

What the government has said The government recently announced that sales of plastic bags in the UK by large retailers had dropped by 90% since the introduction of the ‘plastic bag tax’ in 2015. ‘Large retailers’ being key as the data used only accounted for bag sales at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose, M&S and …

What’s it Like to Run a Zero Waste Business? We spoke to Maya’s Refillables

Maya's Refillables is a zero waste refill business based in Woodley, near Wokingham, Berkshire. You can find Maya's Refillables at local markets in Woodley and Wokingham, in and around Reading Town Centre and at the University of Reading, with that list growing every month. Tell us about Maya’s Refillables? "My name is Mariana but everybody …