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30 Sep, 2019

Iceland boss Richard Walker claims ‘Big Plastic’ is pressuring supermarkets to abandon their green efforts

By |2019-09-30T12:08:03+00:00September 30th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Iceland boss Richard Walker claims ‘Big Plastic’ is pressuring supermarkets to abandon their green efforts

Plastic manufacturers are putting “huge pressure” on UK supermarkets to abandon their efforts to eliminate plastic bags and food packaging from their stores, the managing director of the frozen food chain Iceland has told i. “Big Plastic” is pushing retailers and brands to embrace recycled plastic - which environmentalists argue is fuelling the nation’s plastic pollution [...]

4 Sep, 2019

Business Secretary launches £10 million Brexit readiness fund for business organisations

By |2019-09-04T10:01:21+00:00September 4th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Business Secretary launches £10 million Brexit readiness fund for business organisations

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom today unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019. The Business Readiness Fund is open to business organisations and trade associations throughout the UK and will support events, training and the production [...]

14 Aug, 2019

August 2019 NNFCC Biobased Products News Review

By |2019-08-14T09:59:02+00:00August 14th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on August 2019 NNFCC Biobased Products News Review

Initiatives such as the BioPreferred program, managed by the USDA, can help to encourage the increasing growth and use of biobased products. In two parts, the BioPreferred program has both a voluntary labelling initiative for biobased products, and mandatory purchasing requirements for federal agencies and their contractors. Appropriate labelling is an important [...]

6 Aug, 2019

Interview with Shaun Chatterton, Floreon

By |2019-08-06T08:17:57+00:00August 6th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Interview with Shaun Chatterton, Floreon

We are very pleased to welcome Shaun Chatterton for this week’s interview. Shaun is the CEO and Founder of Floreon, ‘The No.1 Performing Bioplastic’. Ten years in the making, Floreon is now at the stage where innovators and early adopters are switching away from their old packaging materials and selecting this fully-sustainable option. [...]

21 Jun, 2019

Aldi to introduce 19p paper bags to cut ‘1,300 tonnes’ of plastic annually

By |2019-06-21T09:22:02+00:00June 21st, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Aldi to introduce 19p paper bags to cut ‘1,300 tonnes’ of plastic annually

From next month half of all Aldi stores in the UK will offer paper bags and the rest will offer compostable carrier bags. At the end of the trial, the option most popular with customers will be selected to roll out across the UK and offered alongside Aldi’s other reusable bags. Retailers [...]

4 Jun, 2019

Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals – here’s how it could affect your health

By |2019-06-04T14:55:32+00:00June 4th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals – here’s how it could affect your health

The internet cheered in December when Trader Joe’s announced it would take meaningful steps towards making its packaging more sustainable. The supermarket chain outlined a plan that included reducing and eliminating excess waste, using materials that could realistically be recycled and avoiding harmful substances. It’s the last part that medical and environmental [...]

4 Jun, 2019

Waitrose launches ‘world first’ home compostable ready meal packaging

By |2019-06-04T14:11:12+00:00June 4th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Waitrose launches ‘world first’ home compostable ready meal packaging

Working with Huhtamaki, the new cream-coloured containers, which are fibre based and similar in texture to cardboard, are now certified home compostable for the first time. Its suppliers Huhtamaki and Saladworks produced the packaging which can be heated in the oven and microwave, and is cool to touch after cooking. The fibre [...]

3 Jun, 2019

Tanzania bans plastic bags to clean up environment

By |2019-06-03T10:38:41+00:00June 3rd, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Tanzania bans plastic bags to clean up environment

A ban on plastic bags came into force in Tanzania on Saturday as part of an effort to tackle pollution in the East African country. It follows similar steps by others in the region, including Kenya and Rwanda, to phase out non-biodegradable plastics. The ban applies to the production, importation, sale and use [...]

15 May, 2019

Plastics lobby group pushed Treasury to ease back on tax reform

By |2019-05-15T10:17:06+00:00May 15th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Plastics lobby group pushed Treasury to ease back on tax reform

The trade body for the plastics industry has held last-minute meetings with government officials as part of a lobbying effort to water down a tax on single-use plastics, internal documents have revealed. Members of the British Plastics Federation (BPF) met Treasury staff this week, the documents state, in their fight to persuade the government [...]

15 May, 2019

The plastic in our bodies

By |2019-05-15T08:41:42+00:00May 15th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on The plastic in our bodies

Nobody, it seemed, had thought to look before. When two Austrian scientists discovered last year that it's likely most people have plastic inside their bodies, it wasn’t because they had invented some new, complicated scientific method. It was because they were the first to check. Their approach was simple. They asked eight [...]