Our Interview with Zero Waste Business Maya’s Refillables

The growing awareness of the plastic problem and the issue of waste and pollution more widely has seen a slowly growing number of plastic free or zero waste shops opening across the UK. So what is it like to start and run a plastic free shop, what are the challenges and can we expect to […]

Running a Zero Waste Shop – Interview with Scoop Owner Kate Cottrell

The growing awareness of the plastic problem and the issue of waste and pollution more widely has seen a slowly growing number of plastic free or zero waste shops opening across the UK. So what is it like to start and run a plastic free shop, what are the challenges and can we expect to […]

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 […]

Plastic Free Period? 12 Environmentally Friendly Sanitary Products – Pads, Tampons, Pants and Liners

According to the Women’s Environmental Network, the average woman will use more than 11,000 disposable sanitary products in her lifetime, with tampons, pads and panty liners creating over 200,000 tonnes of waste every year in the UK alone. The average woman will also spend 2,535 days of her life on her period. Currently, 90% of sanitary […]

Tips for a Plastic Free and More Environmentally Friendly Halloween

Scary stuff This week we appeared on a BBC radio station talking about the single use plastic (and other) waste generated by Halloween every year. In the UK alone, Halloween costumes and accessories are responsible for 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles. And, shockingly, 90% of the Halloween costumes we […]

Ten Tips for a Plastic Free and More Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Tis the Season to Be Jolly Environmentally Conscious… “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” It’s not often that we quote the Grinch, but in this case Dr Seuss’ fictional character is spot on. Christmas is a magical time of year but on the flip side it’s […]

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 […]