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About Me and the Story of Tiny Eco Home Life

Hi, my name is Ben and I’m the creator of Tiny Eco Home Life.

I have a passion for simple, sustainable living, as well as doing what I can to protect the environment and act in a climate positive way. I actually spoke on this very topic for BBC Radio 1’s Minute of Me Environment Special.

I’m also passionate about education. At its heart, this website is an eco blog. I aim to cover my journey and publish information to help you (and me) to live a more environmentally friendly, ethically minded life.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of topics to go on. In fact, sustainable living covers all areas of life, which is why you may find an eclectic mix of blogs here.

Ultimately, if we can take small, positive actions in different areas of our lives over time, this will compound up. That’s my belief at least.

Where my eco journey started

Ben & Murphy Peaks Mam Tor

I live in Greater Manchester, England. It’s here where I was brought up and developed a love of the environment. Manchester was at the heart of the industrial revolution back in the day and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. There are a lot of cars, concrete and people. But there are still a number of green areas, which I love to explore.

All of these points are exactly why it’s really important for me to try and live in more sustainable, eco-conscious way. I want to do my bit to support the environment and local ecosystems. Green space is invaluable for the health of both you and me, as well as the world – I want there to be more of it!

As a child I always loved animals and the outdoors. Living in an inner city area, my annual trip to Chester Zoo was one of the highlights of the year! Yes zoos have their pros and cons, but they sparked my love for animals as a youngster.

If it wasn’t for Chester Zoo I don’t think I’d have gone on to study Animal and Plant Biology at the University of Sheffield, and eventually start this website.

Snake Pass road

Travelling back and forth between Sheffield and Manchester meant many a journey through the Peak District National Park. In many ways, this up and down winding journey alongside Snake Pass road is a metaphor for a more sustainable life.

My degree in Sheffield naturally involved fields trips into the Peak District too. It’s fair to say I fell in love with the area – the heather moorland, valleys, gorges, peaks, rivers, woodland, plus the great village pubs!

In more recent times, I still love heading out into the Peaks and other green areas with my fiancee, Murphy the Cocker Spaniel and our baby boy.

ben and murphy peak district walk
Me and a young Murphy in the Peak District

The Tiny Eco way

My goal on this site is to share my growing knowledge on a variety of topics.

From everyday eco-friendly and sustainable living at home to information on bigger environmental topics and ethical companies trying to make the world a better place (plus ones to avoid).

I also have a Post Graduate degree in Education and Qualified Teacher Status, so sharing knowledge, educating and inspiring others is close to my heart!

If I can inspire and help as many people as possible to live more with the environment in mind and make more eco-friendly choices, that’ll do for me.

I have a full time job and work on this site in my spare time. It’s fair to say I love working on it though and love seeing it grow. Eventually, I want to use this growing platform as a place to shine a light on local, national and international causes that I value.

I’m passionate about this project and want to make a difference going forward.

Nothing left now but action.

Join the Eco Life newsletter

It’d be great if you could sign up my Eco Life Newsletter.

This is my simple, sustainable newsletter that I send out roughly once a month. It will never contain spam, just information and education on living in a better way for the environment.

To get in touch with me about anything on this website, please email [email protected] or head to my get in touch page for a little more info.

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Creating a Climate Positive Business

I’m excited to say that Tiny Eco Home Life is doing its bit to be a Climate Positive business.

I’ve partnered up with Ecologi, an environmental organisation whose mission is to reverse climate change.

Ecologi fund carbon offset projects and tree planting across the world. Through this they aim to remove 50% of global CO2 emissions by 2040 and responsibly plant billions of trees every year.

We offset our carbon footprint via Ecologi

The great thing about Ecologi is that they are fully transparent. You can see everything from tree planting ledgers and locations, planting receipts and carbon project receipts to their membership revenue, financial and operations report.

It shows how many trees have been planted in my digital forest and my carbon reduction impact. I am currently subscribed to offset three employees worth of carbon (me, Murphy and my son).

But the fantastic thing is as this website grows, so will my positive climate contributions. You can also read here on how Ecologi could revolutionise climate action.

If you like my work and want to make a positive climate impact too, instead of buying me a coffee you can gift trees to be planted in the Tiny Eco Home Life digital forest.

How good is that?

ben and murphy in peak district

Read some of my latest blogs