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While Starbucks has made moves to reduce waste, questions remain over the recyclability of paper cups - which are sealed with a polyethylene (plastic) lining on the interior

Starbucks responds to War on Waste with 'bring your own cup' discount

Following a wave of intense criticism about its lack of action on the circular economy, coffee shop chain Starbucks will trial a 50p discount on its drinks if consumers bring their own cup, in an attempt to curb the rising issue of coffee cup recycling.

A shopper could be faced with having to pay for a bag in some stores but not in others, depending on which material was used

Plastic bag tax 'unnecessarily complicated', say MPs

The Government has ignored calls to include all retailers in the 5p plastic bag charge, despite numerous experts insisting it would reduce litter, slash carbon emissions and cut down on waste.

Danone says the partnership with Avantium is a big step towards using 100% renewable materials

Coca-Cola and Danone invest in advanced bioplastics for drinks packaging

Coca-Cola and Danone are among a consortium of companies that are looking to scale up the next generation of bioplastics by investing in a commercial scale facility for the production of PEF (polyethylene furanoate).

Ford aims to use tomato fibre to develop bioplastic material for its vehicles.

Ford and Heinz work together to develop waste tomato-based plastics

Car giant Ford Motor Company and food giant H.J. Heinz Company have announced that they are working together to explore the use of tomato fibres in developing bioplastic materials that can be used in vehicle manufacturing.

The research involved developing methods to control the breakdown of lignin using bacteria and extracting these chemicals in significant quantities

Next-generation bioplastics 'could be made from trees'

Southampton-based plastic manufacturer Biome Bioplastics has released ground-breaking research that demonstrates the feasibility of creating low-cost, high-performance bioplastics using lignin derived from wood.

Fossil-derived materials, such as polymers, could soon be replaced  with exclusively natural materials

Ecomaterial to replace plastic composites in 'next three years' say scientists

Materials made of natural textiles, partially-bio resin and bio-additives and enzymes could soon replace fossil-derived materials, according to scientists.

Feedstocks such as sugarcane can be used to make plastics

Global brands link with WWF to form bioplastic alliance

Big consumer brands such as Nike, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Coca-Cola and the conservation group WWF have launched the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA), which will promote the development of plant-based plastics.

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The emergence of Industrial Biotechnology

Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced in January £35M of funding for research into Industrial Biotechnology (IB) and Bioenergy. This was a firm recognition that IB has huge potential for British businesses and will play an important part in creating a more sustainable economy.

Bioplastics guidance looks to counter greenwash claims

Guidance to help dispel greenwashing myths over bioplastics has been released in a bid to better inform product designers and brand managers about the benefits of this packaging material.

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