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7 Mar, 2018

Report: UK overestimates plastics recycling by one-third

By | March 7th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The latest Defra figures claim that UK businesses and households produced 2.26 million tonnes of plastics packaging waste in 2015. But research from waste consultancy Eunomia today (6 March) finds that this number reflects the amount of plastic packaging placed on the market by producers, and that the real amount is much higher [...]

1 Mar, 2018

PG Tips to switch to plastic-free teabags

By | March 1st, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Tea maker PG Tips is to switch to fully biodegradable, plant-based teabags, parent company Unilever has announced. Most manufacturers currently use polypropylene to seal teabags - they say it strengthens them and stops them disintegrating in a cup. Unilever said the move to plant-based sealants was based on "cutting edge science and [...]

1 Mar, 2018

Plastic-free supermarket aisles see anti-waste go mainstream

By | March 1st, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The opening of world's first plastic-free supermarket aisle in Amsterdam is the fruit of a year-long campaign by A Plastic Planet, a UK-based initiative launched in January 2017 with a single goal: "to dramatically reduce" plastic usage, especially in food and drinks packaging. The collaboration with Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza allows shoppers to choose from [...]

28 Feb, 2018

IKEA and Newlight sign major partnership agreement

By | February 28th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

A new deal has been brokered between industry heavy-weights IKEA and Newlight that is a further indication of the importance of the bio-economy for large consumer brands. As a sustainable brand, IKEA has consistently positioned itself as a green innovator with a positive impact on both people and planet. In line with this [...]

12 Feb, 2018

Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution?

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

We know that plastic waste is a big problem for the planet - our oceans are becoming clogged with the stuff and we're rapidly running out of landfill sites. Only 9% is recycled. Burning it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. So could plant-based alternatives and better recycling provide an [...]

12 Feb, 2018

Bio body calls for mandatory food waste collections

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

The UK government should make food waste collections obligatory in order to allow more compostable packaging to be recycled, according to an industry trade body. Responding to this week’s Footprint’s investigation that showed compostable straws were not actually being composted, David Newman, managing director of the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), said a nationwide collection system [...]

29 Jan, 2018

Teabags with plastic-free seals to be made

By | January 29th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Teabags with a plastic-free seal are to be made for the first time in a bid to save tonnes of waste. Many tea drinkers are unaware that when it comes to plastic, even your daily cuppa isn’t safe. Usually, a substance called polypropene is used to seal teabags so they don’t split [...]

22 Jan, 2018

Scapa Flow microplastics levels ‘similar to Forth and Clyde’

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

Scientists have found levels of microplastic pollution on beaches around Scapa Flow in Orkney are similar to those in industrialised areas like the Forth and Clyde. Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 beaches on Hoy and the Orkney mainland. Some plastic is believed to [...]

14 Jan, 2018

What are supermarkets doing to fight plastic?

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Plastic waste is "one of the great environmental scourges of our time". These are the words of Prime Minister Theresa May, who has pledged to ban all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. About 6.3bn tonnes of plastic waste had been generated globally by 2015, with almost 80% of it [...]

14 Jan, 2018

Charge for coffee cups will help tackle packaging waste, say MPs

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Coffee shops should be made to charge 25 pence for the use of disposable cups say MPs in Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). The second full report from the EAC’s inquiry into the effects of disposable drinks packaging, released today (5 January), calls for the government to introduce legislation similar to the plastic bag charge [...]