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 & […]

Our Review: Splosh

Item name: Washing up liquid and hand wash Made by: Splosh  Bought from: Splosh Description: Launched in 2012 and based in Wales, Splosh lives by the ethos that “refilling is better than recycling” You can buy their bottles for a range of household products, ranging from laundry detergent to shower gel. After switching to Splosh, […]

What a Difference a Month Makes – Climate Change and Lessons from Coronavirus

In 2018 Sir David Attenborough declared that we had “lost all touch with the natural world”. This year began with some of the worst wildfires in Australian history and record breaking river levels and flooding here in the UK. Throw in the worst pandemic in at least the last century, and it makes depressing reading. […]

Saving Water – Top 10 Tips

“But the Earth is covered in water” is something we often hear when talking about saving water and using it sensibly. Whilst over two thirds of our planet is indeed covered in water, less than 3% of that is fresh water and most of that is frozen or deep underground. That means that just 0.007% […]

Recycling Symbols – What Do They Mean? When a Picture Doesn’t Paint a Thousand Words…

Here at Plastic Free Home, we regularly receive questions or witness confusion around the many symbols displayed on the back of everyday packaging. What do they mean, and more importantly, what don’t they mean? Here’s our quick and helpful guide… Perhaps the symbol most synonymous with recycling, the ‘mobius loop’ indicates that the item can […]

Coronavirus: Plastic 1-0 Planet? Covid-19 Scare Sees Many Reverting to Plastic

“Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses,” according to the NHS. Public Health England says the same, and suggests that we should only be using hand sanitiser when handwashing isn’t possible. It can be quite rough on our skin and in some cases lead to cracking […]

Recycling Scheme Continues to Support Local Causes

Following our recent piece on TerraCycle, explaining a little more about its model and what you can recycle, we caught up with Alison Chaney who manages a very successful TerraCycle collection scheme covering Reading and Wokingham in Berkshire (UK). Her Facebook page, Ali’s Recycling for the Local Community, now has over 1,000 followers, with many […]

Get in the Eco Vibe With This Exclusive Discount at ecovibe.co.uk

­­­The lovely team at ecovibe.co.uk have been in touch to offer our readers 10% off site-wide. Every month online we’ll also be reviewing a new product from ecovibe.co.uk. Simply use the discount code PLASTICFREE10 at the checkout. If your order is likely to come to £45 or more, drop us an email at plasticfreehome@gmail.com and […]