Compost – 7 Reasons to Avoid Peat and Why it is Bad for the Environment

On a recent trip to a garden centre for compost (Ericaceous – which we have found harder to make ourselves), we became very frustrated at the lack of peat free options. When asking a member of staff for help, they appeared oblivious to the issue and the reason for the question. Needless to say, we …

10 Must Watch Films and Documentaries on Climate Change and Sustainability

As we enter the winter months, and given the ongoing pandemic, we’re all likely to be spending more time at home. If you fancy taking a break from binge-watching the latest series on Netflix (other streaming services are available – it’s just the best one), here’s our simple list of ten films and documentaries on …

10 Tips for a More Eco Friendly Christmas

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means just a little bit more.” It’s not often that I quote the Grinch, but in this case, and perhaps this year more than any other, case Dr Seuss’ fictional character is spot on. Ordinarily, Christmas is a magical time of year but on the …

“What happens next is up to every one of us,” Warns Attenborough

It’s been a busy week or two in the world of Plastic Free Home. Last week we co-hosted a live Q&A session with zero waste business founder Kate Cottrell, who runs the fantastic Scoop in nearby Fleet. Well worth a visit if and when you get time. We weren’t sure how long it would last or whether …

“2020 Vision” A Poem About Climate Change, Plastic Pollution and Living More Sustainably

2020, the strangest of years. One of many challenges and more than a few tears. We stayed at home, placed our lives on pause. Took to the streets to share our applause. But the world, it keeps spinning, and the fight for our future isn’t one that we’re winning. All the while it’s turning, Mother …

Climate Change is Here. Now.

Back in 2006, we remember watching former United States’ Vice President Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, about what we then commonly referred to as “global warming”. At the time he said, “What we take for granted might not be here for our children,” a sobering thought and a message that the likes of Sir …

The Best Eco Friendly Sunscreens – Ocean and Reef Safe SPF Sun Creams

With summer having firmly arrived, we thought we’d offer up some tips on eco friendly sun protection. Why are traditional sunscreens bad for the environment? Big brand sunscreens often contain chemicals, including Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, that can harm or kill coral and marine life when they enter the water system. Vitally important ecosystems, coral reefs, often referred …

COVID-19 and Climate Change – What Can We Learn?

“There has never been a time when more people are out of touch with the natural world than now,” said Sir David Attenborough in January 2019. Just 18 months later, look where we are. In the midst of a global pandemic that many experts have attributed in part to our “lack of respect for nature” …

The 2020 Plastic Free Home Awards

As we’ve just ‘enjoyed’ awards season (well done to the BAFTAs for pushing sustainability, not so well done to the Oscars), it’s time for the biggest of them all (drum roll…), the annual Plastic Free Home Awards. There’s no glitzy ceremony, there are no heavyweight awards, Joaquin Phoenix isn’t among the winners and we’re not …

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 …