Our plastic free journeys: Suzie

Meet the Team: Throughout Plastic Free July we will be introducing the Last team and sharing our own personal journeys to plastic-free living. First up, co-founder of Last – Suzie. 1. How long have you been on your plastic-free journey? I have a terrible memory but it’s been at least 5 years.  2. What motivated you to start your plastic-free journey?Continue reading “Our plastic free journeys: Suzie”

How can I have a plastic free holiday?

Now that COVID restrictions are gradually being lifted, many of our conversations have turned to holidays. Some people are desperate to get abroad, others are happier to have a staycation. Whatever your destination, how will you manage to avoid single use plastic when travelling? Here are some suggestions for pulling together a plastic free travelContinue reading “How can I have a plastic free holiday?”

How can reducing plastic waste help endangered species?

Friday 21st May is Endangered Species Day, encouraging us to learn about the creatures and plants that are under threat and to consider what actions we can take to protect them. There are 8 million species in the world and the UN believes that around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades. AContinue reading “How can reducing plastic waste help endangered species?”

What can I do to reduce single use plastic water bottles?

It was World Water Day on Monday. The aim is to celebrate water and to focus on the inequality of access to clean safe water.  We all need water for our survival. We need it on a daily basis. It quenches our thirst and sustains us. Bottled water has become increasingly prevalent in the modernContinue reading “What can I do to reduce single use plastic water bottles?”

How can I reduce plastic food packaging waste?

I recently ran a workshop in my day job on reducing waste and being more sustainable at home. The one thing most people wanted to reduce was plastic food packaging. One way to do this is to find a local greengrocers where you can pick up loose fruit and veg.  Across Scotland around 130kg of packagingContinue reading “How can I reduce plastic food packaging waste?”

Why should I change to plastic free natural deodorant?

The health concerns of deodorant is a confusing subject. There isn’t clear evidence that these products are harmful but there are enough concerns to make me wary and choose a natural alternative. But another motivation to avoid regular deodorants and antiperspirants is to reduce waste. There have been many health issues raised about these products. OneContinue reading “Why should I change to plastic free natural deodorant?”

Is recycling really the answer to the plastic problem?

There has been a huge amount of media attention on plastic pollution in recent years. Everyone I speak to is aware of the problem and wants to take action in their own lives. Excellent. But this often leads to discussions about recycling – how easy or difficult it is to do, what can and can’tContinue reading “Is recycling really the answer to the plastic problem?”

How can you have your say on the future of single use plastics in Scotland?

Have you organised all your Christmas gifts? Perhaps you might consider one more? What about giving a gift to our beautiful planet? We are all making small changes to reduce our consumption of single use plastics. But wouldn’t it be great if the Government played its part too? Well, the Scottish Government is considering doingContinue reading “How can you have your say on the future of single use plastics in Scotland?”

How can I reduce food packaging waste at Christmas?

We love food in this house. We spend a lot of time talking about, thinking about and consuming food! And I am very much looking forward to a lovely meal with some of our extended family after such a long separation. But… (You knew there was going to be a but didn’t you?) Christmas isContinue reading “How can I reduce food packaging waste at Christmas?”

Is wrapping paper eco friendly?

The short answer is a lot of it, unfortunately, is not. But we have some easy swaps to keep your gifts looking swell with less environmental impact. Last year, in the UK, we threw away 227,000 miles of wrapping paper, almost enough for us to paper our way to the moon! That’s 108 million rollsContinue reading “Is wrapping paper eco friendly?”