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Top 10 best UK podcasts on environmental issues and eco-friendly, sustainable, plastic free living.

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We’ve put together a list of some of the top podcasts (in our view) that look at all issues and topics related to plastic free living and other green issues like climate change, pollution and general sustainability. Some quite in-depth, others with a more irreverant style - but all interesting and entertaining.

In no particular order…

1. Costing the earth (BBC)

costing the earth podcast

Lots of podcasts on all types environmental issues (359 at the time of writing). Latest episode on the community-led reintroduction of beavers to Braunton and how that has helped the river and wetland environment there. There’s also an interesting podcast on plastic pollution and how to stop 6 countries burning plastic waste with no controls.

2. Sustainable(ish)

sustainable(ish) podcast

A really down to earth podcast that tackles a range of sustainable and environmental issues. We particularly like the recent podcast on plastic free living and “busting the myths” that surround it. Like how you don't need to stop all plastic purchases in one go - simply pick one or some swaps and build on that.

3. Age of Plastic

age of plastic podcast

Well informed and tackling lots of subjects around plastic free living and pollution. The latest episode talks about plastic alternatives and ‘air carbon’ science.

4. Outrage + Optimism

outrage + optimism podcast

Exploring the stories behind the headlines on climate change with heavy-hitting hosts and guests. The latest podcast looks at the recent IPCC report on climate change.

5. The Circular Economy Show (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

the circular economy show podcast

Exploring the circular economy and the systemic change needed to get there. Looking at the global economy and how to make it work. It’s business oriented but still accessible and has some leading guests in the areas of politics, design, business and academia.

6. Sustainababble

sustainababble podcast

This is a lot less serious in approach but still covers all the environmental issues in a weekly podcast format. The two hundred and twenty third episode covers the wellbeing economy with Dr Katherine Trebeck.

7. How to Save the Planet

how to save the plant podcast

From Friends of the Earth who have been campaigning on environmental issues for 50 years (since 1971!). A regular podcast providing latest news and deep-dives into climate and sustainable issues.

8. Shaping the Future

shaping the future podcast

Each podcast interviews an expert on environmental/climate change issues. An interesting interview with Allison Cobb whose new book “Plastic – An Autobiography” exposes how this material, that can endure for generations, has been wilfully categorised as a ‘single use’ disposable product becoming as ubiquitous as food with a highly toxic indigestible after-life.

9. Call of the Wild (WWF)

call of the wild podcast

Brought to you by the World Wildlife Fund, this series Includes an interview with Sir David Attenborough. As well as a thought provoking episode on plastc pollution with Steve Backshall and Georgia May Jagger.

10. Mothers of Invention

mothers of invention podcast

Former Irish president, Mary Robinson, comedian-writer, Maeve Higgins, and series producer, Thimali Kodikara host this (now 3rd) series of podcasts on climate justice with a feminist perspective. The latest episdode has a discussion with Bernie Sanders.

We hope you find some podcasts in the above list that interest you or if we’ve missed your favourite – let us know in the comments below. And once you’ve been inspired, you can shop for your plastic free products – even while you're listening!

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