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 […]

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 […]

Are Supermarkets Keeping Quiet on Recycling? You Can Recycle More Than You Think…

With schemes like Terracycle gaining a wealth of attention and local authorities continuing to improve their own recycling offerings, it’s noticeable how quiet UK supermarkets are remaining on the subject of recycling. Many Britons don’t realise just how many items they can recycle at many of the country’s leading supermarkets, albeit typically more so at […]

What is TerraCycle? How it Works and What You Can Recycle

What is TerraCycle? TerraCycle was established in New Jersey, USA in 2001 as a for profit social enterprise. The name is derived from the Latin for Earth terra) and part of the word ‘recycle’. Today it operates in 20 countries, with a turnover of $25 million. “Making money from rubbish” remains founder Tom Skazy’s motto. […]

10 Tips for a More Environmentally Friendly New Year

With the New Year just around the corner, here’s a whistle-stop tour of some changes you may wanted to consider to go greener in 2020… 1. Shop smarter Support local businesses and consider the alternatives to supermarkets (read our blog) for your fruit and veg, meat, bread and milk and other fresh produce. The result […]

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 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 […]

Washing the Dishes – From Plastic Free Scourers, Brushes and Cloths to Washing Up Liquid and Dishwasher Tables

Washing the Dishes – From Plastic Free Scourers, Brushes and Cloths to Washing Up Liquid and Dishwasher Tables A double-sided sponge was first patented by 3M for the purposes of car washing. Fast forward to 2019 and billions of kitchen scourers are sold worldwide every year. Couple that with the billions of dishcloths, largely made […]

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 […]

12 of the Best Children’s Books to Read on Climate Change, Plastic Pollution and Other Environmental Issues

We recently shared our ten must read books for grown-ups on climate change, the plastic problem and other environmental issues . This time it’s our list of our recommended books for children… What A Waste: Rubbish, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet, Jess FrenchA Planet Full of Plastic, Neil LaytonSomebody Swallowed Stanley, Sarah RobertsNational Trust: How […]