It’s What’s on the Outside That Counts! Is Your Christmas Wrapping Paper Recyclable?

Isn’t all wrapping paper recyclable? ‘Can wrapping paper be recycled?’ is a commonly asked question. Unfortunately, Christmas wrapping paper is often dyed, printed, laminated and/or contains non-paper-based additions (which can include glitter and plastic elements) which can’t be recycled. Can I recycle my Christmas wrapping paper? The good news is that the cheaper wrapping papers […]

Running a Zero Waste Shop – Interview with Scoop Owner Kate Cottrell

The growing awareness of the plastic problem and the issue of waste and pollution more widely has seen a slowly growing number of plastic free or zero waste shops opening across the UK. So what is it like to start and run a plastic free shop, what are the challenges and can we expect to […]

12 Best Reusable and Eco-Friendly Coffee Cups – A Guide

How bad is the problem? The number of coffee shops in the UK has risen by over 400% in under twenty years, with 20% of Britons now visiting a coffee shop daily. Disposable coffee cups are made from paper and plastic lined, to make them waterproof. This dual layer makes them notoriously difficult to recycle, […]

Tips for a Plastic Free and More Environmentally Friendly Halloween

Scary stuff This week we appeared on a BBC radio station talking about the single use plastic (and other) waste generated by Halloween every year. In the UK alone, Halloween costumes and accessories are responsible for 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles. And, shockingly, 90% of the Halloween costumes we […]

Ten Tips for a Plastic Free and More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Tis the Season to Be Jolly Environmentally Conscious… “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” It’s not often that we quote the Grinch, but in this case Dr Seuss’ fictional character is spot on. Christmas is a magical time of year but on the flip side it’s […]

Our Interview with the Ever-Ethical Divine Chocolate

Chocolate bars. We all love them. But the downside is that their plastic wrappers are so hard to recycle. Some can be recycled if you have a local Teracycle scheme in your area but it depends on the brand of chocolate. In the UK we are the seventh highest consumers of chocolate in the world […]

Our Review of Splosh’s Home Refillable Cleaning Products

Launched in 2012 by Angus Grahame, Welsh-based company Splosh is on a mission to help us reduce the amount of plastic we consume when it comes to household cleaning products. Angus says that the idea for Splosh came to him after a trip to his local Co-Op in Hay-on-Wye, to recycle old plastic bottles. Watching […]

What is the Best Plastic Free and Environmentally Friendly Deodorant?

The deodorant market In 2018, the worldwide deodorant market was estimated to be worth an incredible £60 billion ($73 billion) and 79% of people in the UK include a deodorant in their weekly shop. Leading names range from Dove, L’Oreal and Nivea to Lynx, Sure and supermarket own brands. What are the problems with traditional […]

Artificial Christmas Tree or Real Tree? Which is More Environmentally Friendly?

Real Christmas trees.They are obviously more authentic and they generally smell fantastic but they may not last and they can result in a lot of mess… etc etc. The merits of a real tree versus an artificial one is a timeless debate. But how do they compare environmentally according to the Carbon Trust? Tree Carbon […]

Are Wood Burning Stoves (‘Log Burners’) Bad for the Environment or our Health?

We can probably all agree that wood burning stoves are easy on the eye and generally add a certain charm or homely feeling to your lounge or another room in the house. But, sadly they aren’t as beneficial for our health, so with the colder months approaching we explain why you may want to think […]