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 […]

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. […]

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 […]