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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 [...]

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 [...]