About me and the story behind Tiny Eco Home Life

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

I have a passion for all that is simple and sustainable, as well as helping to create a more positive environment. I actually spoke on this very topic for BBC Radio 1’s Minute of Me Environment Special.

I’m also passionate about education. This site aims to cover my journey, as well as the different ways for you, to live a more environmentally friendly, ethically minded life.

I live in Greater Manchester, England, 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 the reasons 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, and I want there to be more of it!

ben and murphy peak district walk
Me and a young Murphy

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.

This stayed with me and I went on to study Biology (Animal and Plant Science) at the University of Sheffield.

Travelling back and forth every so often between Sheffield and Manchester meant many a journey through the Peak District National Park along Snake Pass road. My degree naturally involved fields trips into the Peak District too and I fell in love with the area – the heather moorland, valleys, gorges, peaks, rivers, woodland, plus the great village pubs!

Together with my fiancee and Murphy the cocker spaniel, we love heading out to the Peaks and exploring other green areas close by.

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.

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. Eventually, I want to use this growing platform as a place to shine a light on both local and national causes that I value.

This website is a side project of me. In my day job I work for a Manchester-based brewery where I lead their digital efforts and sample the odd beer from time to time!

This doesn’t mean I don’t take it seriously. I’m passionate about this project and want to make a difference going forward.

ben and murphy walk nature

To get in touch with me about anything on this website, please email [email protected]

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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

They 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 two employees worth of carbon (me and Murphy). 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. I understand that tree planting isn’t everything and doesn’t constitute full climate action, but it will definitely help alongside real time carbon reduction.

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

murphy the dog in green environment leaves and bushes

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