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 …

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 …

The Environmental Impact of Toilet Paper – Are Recycled or Bamboo Loo Rolls the Answer?

The environmental impact of toilet paper The average British consumer uses 127 rolls of toilet paper (loo roll) a year, according to Statista. The Confederation of Paper Industries says that this equates to 1.3 tonnes of tissue annually across the UK. Worldwide every year, we go through enough toilet roll to wrap around the Earth’s …

Comic Relief Merchandise – It’s Just Not Funny…

Back in the early 2000s, we volunteered with Comic Relief twice, as a telephone pledge taker. It was a rewarding and worthwhile experience. Since 1988, over £1 billion has been raised to support those in need and no-one can argue with that incredible achievement. But, after three decades we were dismayed to see the recently …

The Wisest of Words – 15 of Sir David Attenborough’s Most Memorable Moments

With a career spanning an incredible 70 years and at the ripe old age of 94, Sir David Attenborough has dedicated his life to furthering our understanding of the natural world and helped all of us to fall in love with our wondrous planet many times over. It would be impossible to surmise his life’s …

Nature Photography at Home – a Relaxing Revelation

As William Shakespeare once said: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” While we’ve been staying home and doing our bit, we’ve realised, more than ever, that you don’t even need to leave the house to enjoy and marvel at nature. We’ve always been keen amateur photographers but during this current lockdown we …

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 other half’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 …