For Peat’s Sake… Help Us to Encourage Garden Centres and Retailers to Go Peat Free

You may have seen some of our many posts on the use of Peat in compost over the past couple of years and perhaps read our blog on ‘7 Reasons to Avoid Peat and Why it is Bad for the Environment’. If you are as passionate about the subject as we are, we urge you …

Why We’ve Not Yet Lost Faith in Faith In Nature – We Put Your Questions to Them…

We recently shared a post from the lovely Scottish-based zero waste shop Grain & Sustain about their experience of working with Faith in Nature and the direction they felt the brand was taking going forward. It led to a lively and engaging debate, with other zero waste businesses sharing their own thoughts and experiences, alongside …

Is There a Zero Waste Shop Near Me? Explore a Zero Waste Directory to Find Out

With the ever-growing number of plastic free and zero waste shops and businesses in the UK, and given that we are often asked by followers to help locate their nearest options, we thought that you might find the five websites below helpful when looking for zero waste shops and businesses near you. 1. The Zero …

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. …

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, …

Are Wood Burning Stoves (‘Log Burners’) Bad for the Environment or our Health?

We can probably all agree that wood burning stoves are easy on the eye and generally add a certain charm or homely feeling to your lounge or another room in the house. But, sadly they aren’t as beneficial for our health, so with the colder months approaching we explain why you may want to think …

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 …

An Interview with Plastic Free Coffee Brand, Percol

Last year, Percol became the first coffee brand to receive the ‘Plastic Free Trust Mark’, having already been the first coffee brand to gain Fair Trade approval. We spoke to Percol’s Ollie Richmond to find out more… Give us a brief history of Percol? “Percol is a brand with a great story. We are proud to …

Why Leading Lip Balm Brands are Licking Their Lips and an Environmentally Friendly Eco Lip Balm Brand Has Got Its Founder Buzzing…

When you learn that the annual UK lip balm market is worth £60 million* pounds or that in the USA it’s worth around seven times that at over $400 million*, you realise why those brands leading the way in terms of sales are licking their balm-coated lips. We spoke to Julie Macken, ‘Deputy Queen Bee’ …

‘Sales of Plastic Bags Have Fallen by 90%’ – Is the UK Government’s Claim True?

What the government has said The government recently announced that sales of plastic bags in the UK by large retailers had dropped by 90% since the introduction of the ‘plastic bag tax’ in 2015. ‘Large retailers’ being key as the data used only accounted for bag sales at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose, M&S and …