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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.