2019 and Our Year of Progress – Living a More Sustainable Lifestyle

If 2018 was the year we  ‘woke up’ to the true extent of the threats facing our planet and what else we could do to help make a difference (ultimately leading to the creation of Plastic Free Home), then 2019 was undoubtedly the year of progress on that journey. Here we look back on the […]

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 […]

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, […]

Find a Plastic Free or Zero Waste Shop Near You in the UK

With the dramatic rise of plastic free and zero waste shops in the UK, we set out to create a directory of all of them, allowing you to find those closest to where you live. But then we stumbled across Zero Waste Near Me, and decided that it is doing such a fantastic job we’d […]

It’s Like Einstein Said… Getting in to the Plastic Free and Zero Waste Mindset

No, not E = MC2. Albert Einstein once proclaimed that “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.” Last week really reminded us of this. We drove into our local town centre for a shopping trip and as we were walking around it got me thinking about how our aim as […]

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 […]

Planning a Plastic Free Children’s Party? From Cups and Plates to Decorations, ‘Make it Pop’ May Have it Covered

When recently hosting a children’s party, we obviously wanted to avoid unnecessary single use plastic and waste. We put up minimal reusable paper decorations and avoided balloons entirely. We gave away books wrapped in paper with paper tape in place of party bags full of plastic rubbish. And we avoided the traditional plates and cups, […]