Why Our Family Holidays Are a No Fly Zone…

As young adults, like many, Mr and Mrs PFH both travelled. Unfortunately, those fond memories are now tinged with a growing sense of guilt, having watched the climate crisis continue to escalate. Growing up, things were very different. Our family holidays were largely spent in South Wales, separated by the occasional trip to Scotland or …

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 partner’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 25 …

Ten Reasons the Earthshot Prize Missed Its Target

It has taken us a little over a month to get around to writing this, perhaps because we have only just finished digesting the inaugural Earthshot Prize ceremony, which aired in the UK on the BBC on Sunday, 17 October 2021. According to its website: “Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October …

Let’s Make Black Friday Green – The Environmental Impact of Black Friday

In the 1860s the term “Black Friday” was used in reference to stock market crashes in the USA. However, since the 1950s it has been re-coined to describe a day of shopping and so-called sales, in a trend that had thankfully eluded the UK until more recently. And who else have we to thank for …

The BBC’s ‘Shop Well for the Planet?’ is a Grower…

At first glance, we weren’t too sure about the BBC’s new series, ‘Shop Well for the Planet?’, a spin-off of the more established ‘Shop Well for Less’ and ‘Eat Well for Less’ on BBC One. The new programme is being aired under the BBC’s ‘Our Planet Now’ banner, described as “the BBC’s ongoing commitment to …

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 …