20 Facts About Plastic Bottles and Their Environmental Impact

With many of us (hopefully) in the UK having ditched plastic bottled drinks and moved towards using refillable and reusable drinks bottles, here is a reminder of why… 1. In the UK, we use 7.7bn plastic bottles annually (Gov.uk) 2. The average UK household uses 480 plastic bottles a year (Refill, 2020) 3. 45% of …

Going Green This Halloween – Tips for a Plastic Free and Eco-Friendly Fright Night

Scary stuff This time last year we appeared on a local BBC radio station talking about the environmental impact of Halloween. For example, 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 buy contain …

Rethinking Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

Last week, I read a piece in The Telegraph by TV personality and writer Victoria Coren Mitchell, on “the joy of proper British holidays,” and it got me thinking. In the same way that last year it felt so good to watch more and more people rediscovering and embracing nature, this year it has been …

Peat Free Compost – Why Monty Don and Nature and Wildlife Charities are Leading the Call To Go Peat Free

On a recent trip to a garden centre to buy ericaceous compost (the more acidic variety, which we have found harder to make ourselves), we were once again reminded of the lack of available peat free options. When asking a member of staff for help, they appeared oblivious as to the reason for the question …

What Things Can You Do at Home to Live More Sustainably? 10 Ideas to Get You Started…

You may already have read out blog ‘Living More Sustainably – Where Do I Start?’ (do take a look if not…) and be in search of further ideas on practical, everyday changes you can make in order to work towards living more sustainably. Below is a list of ten great places to start… 1. Aim to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Plastic Packaging: Which Supermarket Topped This Year’s League Table?

The events of the past year have inevitably pushed the plastic problem down the news agenda, whilst giving supermarkets fresh challenges to urgently address. But, as Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency’s’ (EIA) third annual report explains: “supermarkets still aren’t doing enough.” The report ranks the UK’s top ten supermarkets based on their progress in …

The Importance of Avoiding Waste and Why We’re Angry At Sainsbury’s

We first wrote to Sir David Attenborough at the end of 2018, following his landmark words at the United Nations, to thank him for inspiring us and many others, and to tell him that we had established a small online community called Plastic Free Home in a small attempt to ‘do our bit’. As you …