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15 Oct, 2018

We need more carbon in our soil to help Australian farmers through the drought

By | October 15th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Australia has never been a stranger to droughts, but climate change is now super-charging them. Besides taking a toll on human health, droughts also bake the earth. This means the ground holds less water, creating a vicious cycle of dryness. Our research has investigated ways to improve the health and structure of soil so [...]

12 Oct, 2018

MEPs back EU ban on polluting throwaway plastics by 2021

By | October 12th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70 per cent of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed in the Environment Committee. Single-use plastic products such as cutlery, cotton bud sticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks will be banned from the EU market from [...]

12 Oct, 2018

How the UK slowly turned against single-use plastics

By | October 12th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The first thing you notice about Tynemouth's beaches is how clean they are. The minute your dog delivers an unexpected "parcel" that ruins the view, at least two fellow walkers will approach you, proffering bags to clean it up. The village, which sits, as the name suggests, on the mouth of the Tyne [...]

3 Oct, 2018

Why Co-op hasn’t signed up to the UK Plastics Pact

By | October 3rd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The Co-op is one of the two major supermarkets yet to commit to WRAP's collaborative agreement to tackle single-use plastics, but the company's environment manager Iain Ferguson believes that an "enterprising" approach to innovation will enable the retailer to rethink approaches to packaging. In April 2018, signatories from 42 businesses that are responsible [...]

27 Sep, 2018

Keep Britain Tidy calls for single, nationwide recycling system

By | September 27th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is today calling the current approach of more than 150 local waste management systems barmy and is demanding government leadership that will break our bad habits and boost recycling rates. With households across the UK recycling less than half their waste and no substantial improvement in the past [...]

24 Sep, 2018

Co-op is introducing compostable bags to its stores

By | September 24th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The Co-op has developed a compostable carrier bag to replace its plastic bag and will begin rolling it out to its stores in the next few weeks. The move will see 60 million fewer non-biodegradable bags used each year. The bag will initially appear in areas where the waste collections are already set [...]

20 Sep, 2018

Parliament to introduce compostable cutlery to slash plastic waste

By | September 20th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Parliament is set to start using compostable cutlery, coffee cups, drinking straws and a range of other items in a bid to rid the estate of single-use plastics. New waste bins will be introduced to capture used compostable items, which will then be sent to a specialist waste facility. Compostable products are just [...]

17 Sep, 2018

Waitrose to replace plastic bags with compostable bags

By | September 17th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Waitrose is to remove all plastic bags by next March saving around 550 tonnes of plastic a year. A home compostable alternative will be used for fruit and vegetable plastic bags. Waitrose will initially remove 5p bags from six shops from 8 October to understand how to manage the changeover as smoothly as [...]

13 Sep, 2018

Why 12 is the magic number when it comes to composting

By | September 13th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The BBC's Circular Economy series highlights the ways we are designing systems to reduce the waste modern society generates, by reusing and repurposing products. This week we look at compostable and biodegradable packaging. Stonehaven, a seaside town just south of Aberdeen on Scotland's east coast, first made its culinary mark with the [...]

22 Aug, 2018

Coffee cup breakthrough boosts battle against plastics

By | August 22nd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

UK sites that collect garden waste have been permitted to process some compostable packaging materials, including coffee cups and lids. Vegware, which manufactures compostable foodservice packaging and has led the initiative, called the move a “game-changer”, given that it “dramatically increases the number of facilities allowed to process compostable drinks waste”. Indeed, 53 [...]