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 […]

The 2020 Plastic Free Home Awards

As we’ve just ‘enjoyed’ awards season (well done to the BAFTAs for pushing sustainability, not so well done to the Oscars), it’s time for the biggest of them all (drum roll…), the annual Plastic Free Home Awards. There’s no glitzy ceremony, there are no heavyweight awards, Joaquin Phoenix isn’t among the winners and we’re not […]

The Environmental Impact of Valentine’s Day – Show Our Planet Some Love

Roses are red, Violets are blue, forget about Valentine’s Day, the planet needs you to… 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 […]

EXCLUSIVE 15% DISCOUNT CODE – Gower Lavender Soaps

We have recently discovered a new independent company producing fantastic homemade soaps. And we’re using them personally. Plastic free, or zero waste, soaps that are free of harsh chemicals, kind to your skin and made here in the UK aren’t that easy to find. Based in South Wales, Gower Lavender makes and sells beautiful soaps […]

What is the Best Homemade Cleaning Solution? Check Out Our Home ‘Hacks’…

Household cleaning products. On average, Britons spend £150 per year on them, and an incredible 493 hours annually cleaning. Our cupboards are crammed full with separate branded bottles for cleaning everything from kitchens to bathrooms, mirrors and windows to hard floors. The biggest problem with this is the environmental impact of using such products. Ironically, […]