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 […]

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 […]

Plastic Free Tea Bags – Are Yours Plastic Free?

Many of us would be forgiven for assuming that tea bags have long been biodegradable and something that we could throw in our compost bins at home but even now this isn’t always the case. With tea bags on average containing 20-25% plastic (which is primarily used to seal the bags) and given that in […]

Plastic Free Period? 12 Environmentally Friendly Sanitary Products – Pads, Tampons, Pants and Liners

According to the Women’s Environmental Network, the average woman will use more than 11,000 disposable sanitary products in her lifetime, with tampons, pads and panty liners creating over 200,000 tonnes of waste every year in the UK alone. The average woman will also spend 2,535 days of her life on her period. Currently, 90% of sanitary […]

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 […]

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 UK Supermarkets Doing Enough? From Plastic Carrier Bags to Packaging, We Compare Them…

“More than two thirds of the packaging in families’ weekly shops is not recyclable,” according to an article published in the Telegraph last month. The article also highlighted the fact that UK supermarkets are responsible for an estimated 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging every year. The newspaper conducted a study which looked at four leading […]

Percol Coffee Bags Vs Taylor’s of Harrogate Coffee Bags – the Verdict

This week, when exiting the station during the morning commute, we were handed a packet of coffee bags from upmarket-ish drinks brand, Taylors of Harrogate. While our first reaction was to ‘refuse’, we instead took one packet in order to pit them up against the box of Percol’s new coffee bags sat on our desk for […]