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10 top tips to deliver a sustainable built environment

Continuing edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, John Lewis's sustainable development manager Phil Birch offers up 10 tips to successfully accelerate sustainable development within the built environment, despite an ongoing period of "political uncertainty".

The 100% recyclable pasta boxes, which will cost £1.99 as part of the Waitrose LoveLife range, will go on sale on Monday (1 August)

Waitrose cooks up new food waste packaging for pasta range

Waitrose has announced it will become the first supermarket in the UK to launch to new pasta ranges where the packaging is made, in part, from waste food produce.

Scotland's environment secretary, Richard Lochhead, hailed the 5p plastic bag charge as a 'major success'

Scotland's plastic bag charge sees usage drop by 80%

The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation's 5p charge.

​The new egg boxes feature 50% ryegrass and 50% recycled paper and can be recycled like a traditional egg box

Waitrose turns grass into egg boxes

Waitrose has given the humble egg box a green makeover with the launch of a revolutionary new packaging material made from ryegrass and paper.

As part of the pledge supermarkets will have to ensure costumers that all their own brand products come from sustainable sources

Britain's supermarkets step up deforestation efforts with WWF campaign

The 'Big Four' supermarkets, which together account for more than 70% of the UK's grocery market, have pledged to ensure that all timber and wood-based products will be sustainably-sourced by 2020.

Morrisons is the latest food retailer to team up with the charity FoodCycle

Morrisons announces new partnership to tackle food waste

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it is working with charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.

Friday to Saturday (3-4 July) mark celebrations of Solar Independence Day

Solar Independence Day: Six ways solar is revolutionising sustainability

As Britain enjoys a bout of summer sun, solar farms are preparing to open up to the public for Solar Independence Day.

Waitrose’s Leckford Estate farm expects the array to save around 7 tonnes of CO2 annually thanks to the solar array

Waitrose dairy farm unveils rooftop solar array

A Waitrose dairy farm in Hampshire is now generating its own renewable energy after installing a 186 KWp solar array on the roof of a milk parlour.

Microbeads are used as exfoliants in a range of beauty and cosmetic products, including facial scrubs and toothpastes.

Britain's major retailers vow to end microbead use

Almost all of Britain's major retailers have pledged to phase out harmful microbeads from their own-brand cosmetic and beauty products, marking a major victory for environmentalists.

The partership's recent efforts forays into onsite renewables were described as

John Lewis to reassess green targets after slow progress

Upmarket department store firm John Lewis has announced it will review its green goals after seeing its absolute emissions grow by almost 7% last year.

Only 1.3% of all food waste came from the seven major supermarkets in 2013

Supermarket food waste: Combined figures revealed for first time

The UK's seven major supermarkets contributed to just 1.3% of all food waste in 2013, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

MPs call on WRAP to set tougher food redistribution targets for retailers and manufacturers.

MPs urge food industry to increase surplus redistribution

A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to set food retailers and manufacturers a target of doubling the proportion of surplus food they redistribute to food assistance providers and other voluntary organisations to help eliminate hunger.

More than 200,000 'EkoFunnels' and 'Fat Traps' will be available at participating Waitrose stores and sent out with Sainsbury's online deliveries

Supermarkets come together to fight the festive fat

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. But Sainsbury's and Waitrose are keen for that fat to cause less pain in the drains this year with the launch of a nationwide initiative to reduce sewer blockages and increase recycling of festive feast generates.

Households are wasting less food by planning meals, being better organised with shopping and making their own lunches, according the FSA report.

Brits prevent food waste to save money, new survey finds

UK householders are changing their eating habits and preventing food waste due to financial pressures, according to a new survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Waitrose's new pack of mixed tomatoes

Waitrose unveils misshapen tomatoes in bid to cut food waste

Waitrose has announced that it has started to sell a range of misshapen tomatoes in an attempt to cut down on food waste.

Waitrose aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by producing renewable fertiliser

Waitrose teams up with ITM Power to produce renewable fertiliser

Supermarket chain Waitrose is stepping up its sustainability drive by joining forces with the Technology Strategy Board and ITM Power to develop a system for the production of renewable fertiliser.

Peers urge supermarkets to to prioritise redistribution  over energy recovery

Supermarkets should pick food banks over AD, say peers

Supermarkets should redistribute unsold food to food banks rather than sending it to be recycled via anaerobic digestion (AD), a House of Lords committee has said.

Wrap says that surplus food can be effectively redistributed to local charities

Supermarkets producing 'viable volumes' of surplus food that could go to charity, study finds

Retailers are producing "viable volumes" of surplus food that arise at the back of store which could be redistributed direct to charity and provide social benefit, according to new report from the Waste and Resources Action Programme(WRAP).

Waitrose's Quentin Clark looks to make recycling fun for shoppers

Waitrose joins Tesco in putting a new 'spin' on customer recycling

Waitrose has become the second major food retailer to team up with Coca-Cola Enterprises to encourage higher household recycling rates through the launch of a customer pledge scheme.

The agreement will provide a major boost to renewable generation projects owned by communities, farmers and small businesses across the UK

John Lewis deal offers independent renewable generators route to market

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a new energy supply deal which will see more than 380 Waitrose and John Lewis sites supplied with 100% renewable electricity.

Tesco accused of carrying rubbish in food trucks to cut costs

Supermarket insists that move causes no risks to hygiene and that new routines are cutting carbon emissions

Nick Laflin, who is helping to lead the project at Bangor University

Welsh ryegrass offers green optimism for food packaging

Prototype trials are underway for a university and industry-led project to convert Welsh ryegrass into sustainable food packaging.

Look familiar? Despite consumers' good intentions they still took home more carrier bags last year than the year before

Bad news on bag use as consumption increases year-on-year

Progress on reducing the number of single-use carrier bags issued in the UK has stalled according to the latest figures from WRAP - in fact, last year saw an increase in usage.

Waitrose looks to Welsh ryegrass for greener packaging

Two Welsh universities have partnered with Waitrose to deliver a research project using Welsh ryegrass to create sustainable food packaging.

John Lewis to close the loop on plastics waste in retail first

John Lewis Partnership is set to develop a pioneering closed loop business model for its plastics waste, in a move believed to be a first for any UK retailer.

John Lewis unveils biodegradable packaging 'fit for landfill'

John Lewis has introduced biodegradable polyethylene packaging across its bed linen and schoolwear lines, in what is thought to be a UK first.

 Waitrose Ipswich Branch Manager Paul Reeley

Waitrose closes loop by powering beer production with food waste

Waitrose has announced it will use food waste from its new shop in Ipswich to power the production of beer which it will then stock on its shelves.

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