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Simple swaps for Plastic Free July

When I opened The Refill Pantry in London Road in June 2018, I wanted people local to the area to have the option to buy as many products in their own containers as we were able to supply. My primary aim was to reduce single use plastic ending up in landfill. So we started by stocking a wide range of staple goods such as pasta, rice, cereals, lentils, nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

Saving the Planet from the Laundry Room

Saving the planet from the laundry room or the art of sustainable washing – In this guest blog, Terry Over looks at the environmental impact of this everyday task.

Sustainable Shopping in St Albans

St Albans is a great destination for sustainable shopping. So for plastic-free produce, sustainable fashion and locally grown produce at independent restaurants, be inspired with our top eco-shopping picks.

Chemicals Down The Drain

I remember a light bulb moment a few years ago when my children were younger; “Keep out of reach of children” was the warning on the laundry detergent. So, if it is not great for our children, why are we using it to wash their clothes and then sending the rinsed water down the drain to the rivers and the sea? 

COVID won’t stop SustFest21

Can you adapt one of your ongoing activities to be part of SustFest? Jill Watson, Chair of #SustFest21 on how to build a sustainabilty festival in the midst of the pandemic…

Recycling right

‘Sorted by machine’ sounds easy but it’s not because we include all sorts of things in what we put out for recycling that hamper the process and spoil the end product. Along with a lot of other households in St Albans and its villages, I could do better.

How to go plastic-free Part 4: Snacks and drinks

Welcome to part 4 of the “How to go plastic free” guides – today looking at snacks and drinks. The previous blogs have looked at plastic-free kitchen, bathrooms and food shopping – and I hope you have found some helpful ideas to reduce your plastic footprint.

How to go plastic-free Part 2: Bathroom 

How to go plastic-free Part 2: Bathroom . This week, let’s look at some ideas to rid your bathroom of polluting plastics and support small businesses at the same time. #plasticfreejuly