The Refill Revolution Takes Its Next Step in Wokingham – With Maya’s Refillables…

Zero waste business Maya’s Refillables has been a regular fixture at Wokingham Market for several years. With the business having recently set up shop at its shiny new permanent home in Wokingham’s Peach Place, we caught up with owner and friend to Plastic Free Home, Maya Gheorghe, to find out more. “Having a shop has …

Making Parties More Sustainable with Reusable Party Kits

What Every Party Needs to Get it Started… If you have children then you will relate to two things I am about to briefly mention. Firstly, losing many of your long-awaited weekends to attending what seems like an infinite number of their friend’s (lovely, of course) birthday parties. And, secondly, the challenge of avoiding unnecessary …

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

Why are traditional sunscreens bad for the environment? Traditional (generally big brand) sunscreens often contain chemicals, including Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, that can harm or kill coral and marine life when they enter our rivers and oceans. Every time we bath or shower, wash our hands or swim outdoors having applied sunscreen, we risk introducing potentially toxic and …

Ethical and Eco-Friendly Easter Eggs – From Fairtrade and Plastic Free to Organic and Vegan

Easter eggs and the status quo It’s early February but Easter eggs have already been on the shelves for weeks in some shops and we know that some people buy theirs early so here goes… An estimated 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold annually in the UK. According to the Retail Data Partnership, Cadbury has …

The Environmental Impact of Valentine’s Day – Show Our Planet Some Love…

Roses are red, Violets are blue, ditch waste this Valentine’s Day, our planet needs you… If you’ve left thinking about your partner’s Valentine’s Day gift to the last minute, there’s good news and a get out of jail card with your name on it waiting. Every year in the UK we send more than 25 …

7 Ways to Make 2022 More Sustainable

The New Year is always a great time to consider making positive changes. Here are our suggestions when it comes to living more sustainably in 2022 and beyond… 1. Shop smarterAim to only buy and consume what you need, to help reduce your footprint and the amount of waste you produce. Support local and independent …

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 …

Ten Reasons the Earthshot Prize Missed Its Target

It has taken us a little over a month to get around to writing this, perhaps because we have only just finished digesting the inaugural Earthshot Prize ceremony, which aired in the UK on the BBC on Sunday, 17 October 2021. According to its website: “Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October …

Let’s Make Black Friday Green – The Environmental Impact of Black Friday

In the 1860s the term “Black Friday” was used in reference to stock market crashes in the USA. However, since the 1950s it has been re-coined to describe a day of shopping and so-called sales, in a trend that had thankfully eluded the UK until more recently. And who else have we to thank for …

The BBC’s ‘Shop Well for the Planet?’ is a Grower…

At first glance, we weren’t too sure about the BBC’s new series, ‘Shop Well for the Planet?’, a spin-off of the more established ‘Shop Well for Less’ and ‘Eat Well for Less’ on BBC One. The new programme is being aired under the BBC’s ‘Our Planet Now’ banner, described as “the BBC’s ongoing commitment to …