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20 Aug, 2018

Plastic use poses serious business risks – report

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

Food companies could face serious material business risks for their involvement in creating plastic waste, according to a new report. 'Risk unwrapped: Plastic pollution as material business risk', published by law firm ClientEarth, details four types of business risk that companies may be exposed to and sets out the legal obligations on their [...]

10 Aug, 2018

Life in plastic

By | August 10th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Liz Goodwin was CEO at the widely respected Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) for almost a decade, and currently leads the food waste programme at the World Resources Institute. If anyone can appraise the food sector’s performance on waste management, it’s her. In January, at a Westminster energy, environment and transport forum in London, [...]

6 Aug, 2018

Plastics package: Coffee pods, strawless lids and a bitter BBIA

By | August 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

For years there have been calls to ditch weight as a measurement for waste and use carbon instead. An analysis of Scotland’s rubbish showed that the five most carbon-intensive waste materials make up just six per cent of waste by weight but nearly a third of associated carbon impacts (it’s worth noting that food [...]

6 Aug, 2018

Plastic pollution: How one woman found a new source of warming gases hidden in waste

By | August 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

It's your classic movie eureka moment. Young researcher Sarah-Jeanne Royer set out to measure methane gas coming from biological activity in sea water. Instead, in a "happy accident" she found that the plastic bottles holding the samples were a bigger source of this powerful warming molecule than the bugs in the water. [...]

3 Aug, 2018

Kraft Heinz unveils new circular packaging strategy

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

After surpassing its 2020 packaging reduction aims two years early, consumer goods giant Kraft Heinz has committed to ensuring all its packaging is either recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 as it strives to become more circular. The US-based food and beverage firm said in a statement it would “aggressively pursue” innovative alternatives [...]

2 Aug, 2018

Here’s how America uses its land

By | August 2nd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

There are many statistical measures that show how productive the U.S. is. Its economy is the largest in the world and grew at a rate of 4.1 percent last quarter, its fastest pace since 2014. The unemployment rate is near the lowest mark in a half century. What can be harder to decipher [...]

26 Jul, 2018

Guilt-free solution to plastics problem is hard to find

By | July 26th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

If the grisly images of marine life maimed and killed by waste plastics aren’t enough to get our attention, new Australian research linking plastics to smaller penises probably is. As Fairfax Media  reported on Thursday, two University of Melbourne researchers have concluded that exposure to the chemicals in plastics is "the No. 1 reproductive issue [...]

23 Jul, 2018

UK’s plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

By | July 23rd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government’s spending watchdog has warned. Huge amounts of packaging waste is being sent overseas on the basis that it will be recycled and turned into new products. However, concerns have been [...]

16 Jul, 2018

Yorkshire Tea to switch to biodegradable teabags by 2019

By | July 16th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Yorkshire Tea have got some big bits of news to share about plastic. The plastic they've been using to seal their tea bags is going to be replaced with a renewable plant-based material. They're starting to switch over now, and the aim is that all their UK tea bags will have switched by the end of 2019. They've also signed up to [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Biodegradable plastic made from ‘tree glue’ could be on shelves within five years

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on the shelves within five years after scientists found an ingenious way to turn ‘tree glue’ into packaging. Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that a natural glue called lignin, which holds cellulose fibres together, stiffening plant stems, can be turned [...]