Deposit return scheme

DEFINITION: A recycling system in which consumers pay a small deposit for plastic and glass bottles, which can be refunded upon return to a shop. Such schemes are underway in Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Norway, where recycling rates of containers are now above 90%.

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Iceland has today published its own plastic footprint, which totals 32,000 tonnes across its UK and international operations

Iceland joins campaigners to call for better corporate reporting on plastics

Retailer Iceland had today (16 September) joined forces with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, A Plastic Planet and Surfers Against Sewage in calling for corporates to better disclose their plastics consumption.

Pictured: Plastic pollution in Long Beach, California. Image: As You Sow

Report: Big-name brands failing to address plastic pollution crisis, despite improved pledges

A survey of 50 of the largest consumer-facing goods firms, including PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz and Kellogg, has found that companies are generally failing to take ambitious action on plastic pollution, despite lofty pledges to do so.

Pictured: Equipment arriving at the recycling plant in Perthshire, Scotland. Image: Recycling Technologies

Unilever and UK Government back chemical plastic recycling innovation

A joint project hoping to scale-up chemical recycling for hard-to-recycle plastics waste, involving Unilever and synthetic fuel giant Neste, has received a £3.1m grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

More than 400 million metric tons of plastic are produced globally every year

Electrolux debuts vacuum cleaner made from 100% recycled plastics

Electrolux has unveiled the first product range as part of a new "circular initiative" with Stena Recycling, a new vacuum cleaner made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics and reused materials.

In May, Morrisons increased its target to reduce own-brand plastic packaging from 25% to 50% by 2025

Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis remove glitter from Christmas items

Three retailers, Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis, have met commitments to phase-out glitter from Christmas products due to the damage the microplastics can cause to the natural environment.

This round-up highlights innovative technical solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges

Plastic-eating 'super-enzymes' and water-based fuel: The best green innovations of September 2020

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best from September 2020.

The three companies are inviting other food brands to become sponsors of the initiative. Image: Ella's Kitchen

Danone, Ella's Kitchen and TerraCycle launch UK-wide recycling scheme for food pouches

Baby food brand Ella's Kitchen will partner with Danone Yoghurt and TerraCycle to launch a UK recycling programme for flexible food pouch packaging, in a bid to reduce the volume of material being sent to landfill.

Boots’ recycling partner ReWorked will collect the items to be refashioned into new products

Boots launches takeback scheme for hard-to-recycle products

Boots has become the latest retailer to launch an in-store take-back scheme for hard-to-recycle packaging and products, offering customers £5 worth of loyalty points for every five products deposited.

In 2018, five billion single-use plastic straws entered circulation in England

Plastic straws to be banned in England from Thursday

Single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be banned from sale and distribution in England from Thursday (1 October), following Covid-19 related delays.

Tearfund argues that “most of the companies focus on recycling, rather than reduction, as the way to address the problem”

'Burnt and dumped': Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Unilever and Nestlé plastics waste fuelling climate change

Four of the world's largest users of plastic packaging - Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever and Nestlé - are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution that are burnt or dumped each year in six developing countries, creating emissions equivalent to adding two million cars onto roads.

L’Oreal confirmed that it will source 100% of the plastics used in its packaging from recycling or bio-based sources by 2030

L'Oréal launches bottles made from 100% recycled plastic and rolls out Maybelline recycling scheme

L'Oreal has confirmed that bottles of Paris Elvive will be made from 100% recycled plastic, on the same day that its Maybelline brand launched a UK recycling programme in partnership with TerraCycle.

The initiative, which will be trialled next year, will aim to reduce the number of beverages served in single-use containers.

McDonald's joins TerraCycle's Loop programme to trial reusable cups

The world's largest restaurant company McDonald's has launched a new global partnership to utilise the Loop collection model from TerraCycle that will see reusable and returnable cups trialled to cut back on single-use plastics.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

The AA's EV service and OXO's planetary sales donation: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

 The move supports Coca-Cola’s ambition in Western Europe to use 100% rPET and eliminate the use of virgin-based plastics within the next decade 

Coca-Cola switches to 100% recycled plastics across Netherlands and Norway

Coca-Cola is set to roll out bottles made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) in the Netherlands and Norway, as part of the company's latest efforts in Western Europe to eliminate the use of virgin oil-based plastics in its products.

Over the past seven days at least, it seems the businesses are refocusing on plans to reduce single-use plastics that took up much of corporate CSR efforts between 2018 and 2020

Flurry of corporate plastic announcements hints at a new normal for the circular economy

In what has been a bumper week for news stories on single-use plastics, edie explores how corporates are forging ahead with new collection and take-back schemes for recyclable packaging that had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

AIM, the European Brands Association, has gathered more than 85 companies to join the HolyGrail 2.0 project 

HolyGrail 2.0: Major brands sign up to explore digital watermarks to improve packaging recycling

More than 80 major European brands, including P&G, PepsiCo and Mondi will collaborate to explore the feasibility of using "digital watermarks" to improve the sorting of recyclable packaging across the European Union (EU), as part of the HolyGrail 2.0 project spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Currently, 87% of Nestlé’s packaging is already recyclable or reusable

Nestle invests in food-grade recycled plastics as part of closed-loop innovation drive

Nestlé has launched a new £22m ($30m) investment to increase the amount of food-grade recycled plastics it uses in packaging, has launched a new refill system for pet food and will trial recyclable paper packaging for certain brands.

If the trials in the South East prove successful, a national rollout will commence early next year. Image: Co-op

Co-op launches in-store collection scheme for single-use plastics

Co-op has started an in-store collection system for "scrunchable" plastics, including carriers bags, yoghurt pots and food wrappers, which will be processed into waste disposal bin liners to be used by the retailer.

The prototypes have been formed as part of an innovative group of businesses working towards eliminating the use of plastics for certain containers

Absolut to trial 2,000 paper-based drinks bottles

The Absolut Company will trial 2,000 paper-based bottle prototypes across Sweden and the UK later this year, to test the viability of paper as an alternative to single-use plastics in beverage applications.

The new Pact builds on similar initiatives in the UK, Chile, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and South Africa

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Plastics Pact in US, supported by 60 major signatories

Mars, Unilever and Kimberly-Clark are among the 60+ organisations to have committed to the new US version of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Plastics Pact, which aims to create a fully circular economy for plastics.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which found that an all-in system would generate £2bn over a 10-year period

MPs outline support for 'all-in' deposit return system

A group of 20 MPs have signed a motion calling for all materials to be covered by a UK deposit return scheme for cups, bottles and containers to boost recycling rates.

Between 20% and 50% of all waste generated in the global South is managed through small-scale waste picking activities. Image: BVRio

New platform to help corporates forge circular economy partnerships

Environmental NGO BVRio has launched a new online platform connecting circular economy projects with corporates and impact investors, whose aim is to help small programmes scale-up and large organisations put sufficient finance behind their resource goals.

rial, Magnum will roll out the tubs across Europe by the end of the year and globally from 2021

Magnum to roll out recycled plastic ice cream tubs globally

Ice cream brand Magnum is set to introduce plastic tubs consisting of recycled plastic across all its markets, a move that will see an estimated 160,000kg of certified recycled material used by the end of 2020 across Europe.

John Elkington: Businesses should 'think like insurgents' to spur green recovery efforts

EXCLUSIVE: Many organisations will need to "regenerate" approaches to environmental, societal and economic business models in the wake of the financial damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Volans' chairman and chief pollinator John Elkington, who has called on companies to "think like an insurgent".

Starbucks introduced strawless lids on select beverages, in a move that is set to save 40 million plastics straws from being used across the EMEA market

Starbucks reintroduces reusable cups to stores

Starbucks has stopped a temporary ban on reusable cups in stores that was introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Budget outlined numerous focus areas for the Government's net-zero approach 

Clean transport, CCS and biodiversity championed in Budget 2020

BREAKING: Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today (11 March) unveiled a multi-billion-pound package to push the UK towards the net-zero emissions target in his first Budget - but has faced criticism for failing to end fuel duty freezes or cut roads spending.

In 2017, City to Sea found that the average Brit uses 150 single-use-plastic water bottles every year

Brits cut bottled water consumption by half during lockdown

The proportion of UK adults regularly purchasing plastic bottled water almost halved during lockdown, new research from YouGov has concluded.

Current commitments would only affect 7% of annual plastic production by 2040, the report warns

Amount of plastics in oceans will quadruple by 2040, major new research finds

The world's plastic pollution problem is vastly outpacing efforts to stop it, meaning that the volume of plastics in oceans globally will be four times higher in 2040 than in 2016, new research backed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has concluded.

Mastercard will support more than 60 financial institutions in using more sustainable materials in their cards and value chains

Mastercard unveils biodegradable, ocean-bound and recyclable plastics card drive

Mastercard has launched a new initiative to get its customers to switch to cards made from recycled, biodegradable and ocean plastics, in a bid to reduce the amount of excess plastic that is landfilled each year.

Flexible plastics account for a quarter of all UK consumer plastic packaging by weight, but just 4% is recycled

Cross-sector action needed to improve flexible plastics recycling

Cross-section action and government guidance are required to create a recycling system for flexible, low-value plastics such as bags and wrapping, according to new guidance published today (14 July) by WRAP.

Single-use plastic items have become symbolic of the pandemic

In numbers: Tracking public attitudes to plastics during the pandemic

Several businesses have published new research to mark Plastic Free July, including Veolia and Amcor. Here, edie rounds up the key findings, which act as a snapshot of public opinion on plastics in the context of Covid-19.

Diageo has launched a new partnership with venture management firm Pilot Lite to launch Pulpex Limited, the company behind the sustainable packaging technology

Diageo unveils 'world's first' plastic-free, paper-based spirits bottle

Diageo has unveiled a plastic-free, paper-based spirits bottle, which will debut on the company's Johnnie Walker range of Scotch Whisky early next year, with PepsiCo and Unilever joining the brewer in creating a new consortium for plastic-free packaging.

E-waste is not just a resource problem - it is also a contributor to climate change, nature pollution and human health issues

Report: Electronic waste up 21% in 5 years, with $57bn dumped annually

A record 53.6 million metric tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) was generated globally in 2019, with the waste stream having increased by more than one-fifth since 2014.

Images: Kimberly-Clark/ SC Johnson

Kleenex debuts plastic-free tissue boxes as Mr Muscle unveils 100% 'ocean-bound' plastic bottle

Kleenex will remove the plastic opening from all tissue boxes by August 2020, parent firm Kimberly-Clark has announced in the same week that SC Johnson unveiled a Mr Muscle bottle made from 100% recycled plastic content.

Littered PPE presents problems for public health and the environment

O2 to install PPE recycling boxes in stores

Telecoms giant O2 will begin collecting used personal protective equipment (PPE) at UK stores this month, as part of a new partnership with Terracycle.

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'Good all round': Exploring Innocent Drinks' first sustainability report

EXCLUSIVE: Innocent drinks has launched its first "good all round" report, the company's innovative take on the traditional sustainability report outlining progress against its carbon-neutral, circular economy and staff engagement ambitions.

The commitments will be supported through the Science Based Targets initiative

L'Oréal targets carbon neutrality by 2025 under new sustainability strategy

Global cosmetic firm L'Oréal has unveiled a new sweeping set of sustainability targets, pledging to reach carbon neutrality by 2025, halve carbon emissions, use 100% renewables and ensure all plastic packaging comes from recycled or bio-based sources.

Hasbro is one of the world's largest toy companies and the owner of brands including Play Doh, My Little Pony and Transformers

Hasbro launches UK-wide recycling scheme for plastic toys

Toy giant Hasbro has launched a UK-wide take-back and recycling scheme for toys, as part of its partnership with recycling firm TerraCycle.

Image: Steve Morgan at WWF UK

WWF: Major consumer goods giants only sourcing 8% recycled plastics

McDonald's, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper and Procter & Gamble (P&G) collectively source 4.3 million metric tonnes of plastic annually, of which just 8% comes from recycled feedstocks.

When savings from transport and material type are accounted for, Signify estimates that around 6,000 tonnes of carbon emissions will be avoided annually. Image: Signify

Signify commits to plastic-free packaging by 2021

Lighting systems firm Signify has committed to becoming plastic-free for all consumer packaging by 2021, in a move that is also expected to reduce emissions for the business.

Princes states that export PRNs (PERNs) are less transparent, due to a limited ability to ensure compliance outside of the UK

Princes commits to no export waste

Food and drink firm Princes has committed to ensuring that all of its packaging is recycled and handled solely by UK re-processors, rather than exporting the waste abroad, to gain more certainty that its packaging is recycled or dealt with appropriately.

Currently, all Andrex toilet tissue and dry packaging are 100% recyclable

Andrex to use 30% recycled content in plastic packaging

British toiletries brand Andrex has confirmed that its packaging will consist of 30% recycled plastic content, as it pushes forward with an ambition to reach at least 50% recycled plastic content by 2023.

An array of new businesses announcements are taking place on World Environment Day

NatWest's carbon calculator and Wilko's plastic pledge: The World Environment Day success stories

To mark World Environment Day (5 June) edie's Sustainability Success Stories arrive early, outlining fresh new commitments to sustainability across renewables, resources, the built environment and more.

More than one million plastic-free PPE visors will be produced each week

World's first plastic-free PPE equipment launched to combat coronavirus pandemic

The world's first plastic-free PPE protective equipment has been launched today by campaign group A Plastic Planet, in a bid to assist the fight against coronavirus without harming the natural environment.

The best-practice steps are designed to promote reusable cups in a safe manner

Coffee shops sign up to post-lockdown reusable cup platform

Coffee shops from the likes of Costa and Boston Tea Party that are reopening across the UK are signing up to a new best-practice trial on accepting reusable coffee cups in a safe manner.

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John Elkington on Green Swans, Covid-19 and green market shifts

In a viewpoint written exclusively for edie's Mission Possible 2020 report, Volans' chairman and chief pollinator John Elkington discusses a new "age of miracles" whereby the once impossible belief that sustainability could dictate market actions now becomes the core lever of an economic recovery.

Zalando’s online platform caters to 28 million customers in 17 markets

Zalando and Sustainable Apparel Coalition issue sustainable metrics for brands and retailers

German online fashion retailer Zalando has confirmed it will be the first retailer signed up to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to use a new module that will make sustainability assessments mandatory for its private labels and partner brands sold on its platform.

The two companies believe that up to 30,000 tonnes of currently non-recyclable plastic could be treated annually

Viridor signs agreement on UK plastics chemical recycling initiative

Waste management firm Viridor has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with chemical recycling company Plastic Energy to explore a system that treats non-recycled plastic waste using low-carbon electricity to create recycled plastic feedstocks.

Iceland is launching a national rollout of a successful trial that gave store colleagues the option to take surplus food home from stores at the end of the day. Image: Iceland/Webershandwick 

Iceland cuts food waste by 23%, aims for 50% reduction by 2030

Retailer Iceland has revealed it has reduced food waste by almost a quarter in the past two years, having reduced wastage by around 2,500 tonnes through redistribution schemes as the company targets a 50% reduction by 2030.

The sessions will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered

Today at 1pm: Circular Economy online event featuring Hubbub, Amcor and Canary Wharf Group

Sustainability professionals and circular economy experts from a range of organisations and businesses across the value chain are set to appear on edie's Circular Economy online event, taking place on Thursday 21 May.

Conde Nast has also launched a new Sustainable Fashion Glossary, which will act as a new resource to help outline the fashion industry’s role in combatting the climate emergency

Conde Nast to become carbon-neutral by 2030

Global fashion media company Conde Nast, which owns brands including Vogue and GQ, has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2030 while committing to educate its audience on the climate emergency.

#SustyTalk: Amcor's David Clark on strengthening the circular economy during lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with packaging firm Amcor's vice president for sustainability David Clark discussing the role of the circular economy as part of a green economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

Oxford's zero-carbon homes and L'Oreal's eco-fund: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Pernod Ricard has shared guidelines with its 90 affiliates specifying which materials can no longer be used and how they can be replaced

Pernod Ricard moves single-use plastics phase-out forward to 2021

Beverage giant Pernod Ricard has moved a target to end the use of single-use plastic point-of-sale (POS) items forward four years, pledging to reach the ambition by 2021.

Campaign groups have been calling on businesses and governments to support a shift to plastic-free menstrual products

Superdrug ditches plastic from own-brand tampons

Superdrug has announced that it has removed plastics from its own-brand tampons and launched a new range of menstrual products made from organic and sustainably certified materials.

The funds and actions will build into a new global sustainability strategy for 2030 that will be launched by L’Oréal next month

L'Oréal launches €150m social and environmental fund to support coronavirus response

Global cosmetic firm L'Oréal has noted the need to focus on regenerating the environment while also supporting those impacted by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus, and has responded by launching a €50m social fund to support vulnerable women and a €100m environment fund.

The series will run in Autumn 2020

Green buildings on the BBC: Is the built environment about to have its 'Blue Planet' moment?

The aftermath of BBC's Blue Planet 2 series sparked an unprecedented public outcry against single-use plastics, where businesses were firmly in the crosshairs. The nature document skirted around the issues of plastic waste in the ocean, but even just a fleeting lock at its impact sparked global change.

#SustyTalk: City to Sea's Rebecca Burgess on combatting single-use plastics during lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with not-for-profit campaigning organisation City to Sea's chief executive Rebecca Burgess discussing how the organisation is communicating with the public on the issue of single-use plastics during the coronavirus lockdown.

The company has developed a Life Cycle Assessment tool with third-party experts to evaluate the carbon impact of every process across the value chain

Allbirds running shoe made from renewable materials to feature 'carbon count' label

B Corp Allbirds has debuted a new running shoe made from renewable and natural materials and is the first product from the company to feature a physical "carbon count" label, detailing the lifecycle emissions of the product to consumers.

The report said Coca-Cola and PepsiCo’s commitments were falling significantly short of what was needed

Coca-Cola and Pepsi falling short on pledges over plastic - report

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are not doing enough to reduce their plastic waste footprint globally, according to a report.

Trains at the Evian facility

Evian achieves carbon neutral certification globally

Danone-owned bottled water brand Evian has confirmed it has achieved carbon neutral certification across all the countries where the brand operates, following efforts to improve the efficiency of facilities and logistics and reducing lifecycle emissions of its bottles.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

BlackRock's SDG fund and HP's ocean-plastic drive: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Keeping sustainability going through the Covid-19 lockdown

Episode 84 of the edie podcast sees the edie team working remotely as part of the UK-wide lockdown imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, edie asks sustainability experts from Interface, General Motors, Landsec and BT how they're adjusting to new ways of working to keep sustainability at the forefront of business actions.

Mighty Earth does note that some Governments and businesses are continuing to prioritise climate action as part of a stimulus response to the coronavirus

Airlines, automakers and fossil fuel firms blasted as 'coronavirus climate profiteers'

A new report has blasted the lobbying efforts of the airline, automaker, fossil fuel and logging industries, claiming that organisations are attempting to benefit from billion-pound bailouts in response to the coronavirus that enables them to carry on with climate-wrecking business practices.

Green groups don't believe the current circumstances warrant a delay

Ban on plastic straws in England pushed back to October 2020

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has pushed back the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds set to come into force later this month to October 2020, to the dismay of campaigners.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown Europe into “a completely different world where hygiene and consumer health will be the number one priority,”

EU dismisses industry calls to lift ban on single-use plastics

Deadlines have to be respected, says the European Commission in response to calls by industry to lift an EU-wide ban on some single-use plastic items because of health and hygiene concerns raised during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last year, PepsiCo, Nestle Waters and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe all joined the consortium for a four-year term

Scientists report huge upswing in efficiency for enzyme-based plastic recycling solution

A breakthrough recycling method that using a novel enzyme to breakdown plastics and is backed by a consortium of global businesses including Lucozade Ribena Suntory and PepsiCo is a step closer to commercialisation following improvements to the breakdown process.

edie's Luke Nicholls and Interface's Jon Khoo chat through some of the key learnings that can be taken from the way that Government and businesses have responded to the global Covid-19 pandemic

#SustyTalk: Interface's Jon Khoo on the links between coronavirus, climate change and plastics

With the UK on lockdown and edie readers working remotely or on furlough, this brand new series of video interviews keeps you connected to the inspirational business leaders who are continuing to drive sustainability and champion climate action from their own homes.

From animated films to hard-hitting documentaries, there's plenty to watch to keep sustainability professionals engaged during lockdown

Lockdown screening: 8 of the best film recommendations for sustainability and energy professionals

With many edie readers searching for something to watch in the safety of their own home, we've pulled together a list of the top films and documentaries to get lost in during lockdown – as recommended by sustainability and energy professionals across the country.  

Reports suggest that concerns around food hygiene due to Covid-19 could increase plastic packaging intensity

Coronavirus and plastics: Are we headed back towards single-use?

As the global economy struggles with the pressures of Covid-19, some industry groups are using the need for more protective equipment as a means to lobby for the removal of charges and bans on single-use plastics. edie explores why that cannot be allowed to happen.

The report adds that Scope 3 emissions account for 90% of BAT’s total carbon footprint

British American Tobacco targets carbon neutrality by 2030

British American Tobacco (BAT) has announced a new ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics by 2025, having slashed emissions by almost 50% since 2000.

Currently, 93% of the company’s packaging, both plastic and non-plastic, are recyclable

Mondelez signs up to UK Plastics Pact and Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Global Commitment

Global chocolate producer Mondelēz International, which owns brands including Cadbury and Dairy Milk has signed up to two major initiatives to tackle plastics waste in the UK and globally.

Surfdome found that the polybags only account for 5% of a garment’s overall carbon footprint. Image: Surfdome

Patagonia and Surfdome trial removal of plastic polybags for clothes

Online sports retailer Surfdome has partnered with outdoor clothing firm Patagonia to trial the removal of plastic polybags from clothes orders in a way that doesn't impact product quality or generate an increase in lifecycle carbon emissions.

The Welsh Government's approach to plastics has been to go "beyond recycling"

Wales unveils plans to ban single-use plastics from 2021

The Welsh Government will bring "restrictions" around certain single-use plastic items, including straws and cotton buds, into effect in the first half of 2021.

According to Biffa, improving recycling efforts could unlock up to £1.25bn in green economy infrastructure. Image: Biffa

Biffa to halve emissions and quadruple plastics recycling under new strategy

Waste management firm Biffa has announced a new sustainability strategy that will aim to quadruple the group's plastics recycling capacity and halve its emissions by 2030.

Each week, edie rounds up some of the best sustainability stories across five key pillars

Carlsberg's electric trucks and Abu Dhabi's plastics ban: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Earlier this year, Nestlé committed £1.59bn to source food-grade recycled plastics to be used in its packaging

Nestlé signs up to European Plastics Pact to push for 100% recyclable or reusable packaging

Food and beverage giant Nestlé has announced that its European business is following in the footsteps of its UK operations by signing up to the European Plastics Pact to help achieve its goals of ensuring packaging is 100% reusable or recyclable by 2025.

All materials used for packaging consumed in the UK account for 1.7% of the country’s total emissions 

Lifecycle approach required: Government's plastics policies could triple UK packaging emissions

The UK Government's ban on unnecessary single-use plastics could inadvertently triple the carbon emissions associated with packaging, unless policies are introduced to prioritise an "overall need to use less material" and to improve the energy efficiency associated with material production and recycling.

Danone Waters UK is also working to achieve B Corp accreditation by the end of 2020

Danone Waters closes in on 100% recycled plastic and carbon-neutral goals in the UK

Danone has announced that Evian bottles will be made using 100% recycled plastics in the UK, while also achieving carbon neutrality in the UK for Evian and Volvic brands.

The guidelines can enable businesses to locate leakage hotspots and identify and remedy factors that are causing plastics pollution across the value chain

Plastic Leak Project launched to measure plastic pollution across corporate value chains

A new science-based metric has been produced by a range of public, private and scientific stakeholders that will enable businesses to conduct plastic leakage assessments to identify hotspot areas to combat the amount of plastic seeping into the natural environment.

It is estimated that 500 million plastic takeaway boxes are used across the UK takeaway industry annually

Just Eat trials plastic-free takeaway boxes lined with seaweed

Just Eat will trial compostable takeaway boxes lined with seaweed at select London restaurants, a move which will prevent around 3,600 plastic boxes from entering the waste stream.

The Fine to Flush Certification is designed to assess if products can be flushed without any detriment to the operation of the sewer system

Andrex wet wipes certified as 'fine to flush' by Water UK

British toiletries brand Andrex has today (27 February) announced that its washlet wipes range has achieved Water UK's 'Fine to Flush' certification, which symbolises that flushing them won't contribute to damage to UK sewers.

Defra has called the Bill "gold standard" - but several key green groups believe it needs further strengthening

Environment Bill: Green groups' five key asks for a 'gold standard' nature emergency response

Ahead of the Government's debate on the reformed Environment Bill, green groups from across the UK have called on Ministers to ensure it provides an emergency response to the twin climate and nature crises - without damaging the economy.

Arsenal Football Club's 60,000-seater stadium in North London became the first Premier League stadium to source 100% of its electricity needs from renewables in 2017

Arsenal saves half a million single-use plastic cups from landfill

Friends of the Earth has called on sporting venues across the UK to promote reusable cup use, after Arsenal FC revealed that a scheme introduced at the Emirates Stadium has prevented more than half a million single-use plastic cups from being discarded.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

RBS's climate goals and Aldi's plastic bag crackdown: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

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From measurement to action: Five best-practice lessons on going plastic-free

Having taken place on 16 January, edie's Plastic-Free Power Hour webinar included a collection of best-practice examples of sector-leading organisations taking control of their plastics-use - and delivering real organisational change. Here, we reflect on the key takeaways from the session.

Sky has recorded a 55% reduction in carbon intensity and a 39% reduction in business travel emissions

'A critical decade': Sky commits to net-zero emissions by 2030

Broadcaster Sky has today (4 February) unveiled a new commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 through strategies to make its products more energy efficient, its film and TV more sustainable and by engaging consumers and the value chain to "go zero".

The 2020 Sustainable Business Leaders Report provides a helicopter-view of the whole sustainability profession - and the key challenges and opportunities that corporates face going into the 2020s and beyond.

Sustainable Business Leadership in 2020: edie publishes results of flagship annual survey

edie has today published a comprehensive report breaking down exactly what 'business leadership' looks like from the perspective of hundreds of sustainability, CSR and energy professionals from across the country.

Following consultations last year, the Strategy was approved late last week 

Glasgow to phase-out single-use plastics within two years

Glasgow City Council has approved new measured to reduce plastic use across the local area, headlined by a commitment to phase-out single-use items by 2022.

Single-use plastics: The 2020 roadmap for sustainable business

It’s been one of the biggest sustainable business issues of the past decade: tackling the scourge of single-use plastics. In 2018-19, the so-called “Attenborough effect” gave this issue the mainstream attention it deserved, and thousands of businesses duly began to ramp up their efforts to eliminate single- use plastics from their operations and the supply chain.

The 50% reduction in waste to landfill will be underscored by Starbucks joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative

Starbucks to halve environmental impacts as part of 'resource-positive' strategy

Global coffee company Starbucks has announced new preliminary targets to halve carbon emissions, water use and waste sent to landfill by 2030, as part of a new long-term mission to become resource positive by storing more carbon than emitted, eliminate waste and replenishing freshwater.

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Bold targets and lifecycle assessments: Experts outline key drivers to combat single-use plastics

Sustainability experts from Sky, Surfdome and Nestlé have outlined how bold aspirations that target problematic plastics through the broader view of climate change can help spur the private sector towards a circular economy.

There are also other environmental impacts to consider beyond carbon impacts

Businesses not examining carbon impact of plastics alternatives, edie survey finds

An edie survey of almost 300 sustainability and resource professionals has found that almost 50% of businesses haven't examined the carbon impact of single-use plastics alternatives, amidst growing calls for businesses to intertwine actions on plastics and climate change.

Colgate has confirmed that the toothpaste has been certified to EcoCert and Forest Stewardship Council standards

Colgate launches recyclable plastic toothpaste tube

Colgate Palmolive has launched a new vegan-friendly toothpaste range packaged in a first-of-its-kind recyclable plastic tube, with the technology set to be shared with competitor brands.

This episode formed part of edie's Plastics Week

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: edie and Nestlé's plastics deep dive

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast returns for 2020, with edie bringing you exclusive interviews with Sky, Tideway, the University of Leeds and episode sponsors Nestlé for an episode dedicated to tackling single-use plastics.

The webinar is now available to watch on demand for those who've registered

Available on-demand: Watch all three sessions of edie's single-use plastics online event

Sustainability experts from Sky, Nestlé, Eurostar, Canary Wharf Group and Surfdome all discussed the role of businesses in collaborating, innovating and actuate to eliminate single-use plastics, as part of an online event that is now available to watch on-demand.

Nestlé will use the investment commitment to spur the market for food-grade recycled plastics. Image Neste, Flickr

Nestlé commits £1.6bn to food-grade recycled plastics, pledges to cut virgin plastics use by a third

Food and beverage giant Nestlé has committed £1.59bn to source food-grade recycled plastics to be used in its packaging, alongside a pledge to cut the amount of virgin plastics it sources by a third.

The two organisations have called on businesses to turn to staff engagement programmes and pilots of new innovations and setups to change behaviours

Report: One in five UK businesses not motivated by environmental impact of plastics

Keep Britain Tidy and Brita UK have called on UK businesses to explore behaviour change and staff engagement initiatives to accelerate action on single-use plastics, after their survey found that 20% of businesses are 'not at all' motivated by the environmental impacts of the plastics they use.

The report is inspired by edie’s award-winning Mission Possible campaign and spin-off Mission Possible Plastics Hub

edie launches best-practice guide for businesses tackling single-use plastics

edie has launched a new report, sponsored by Nestlé, that outlines the steps businesses can and should take to identify, reduce, replace and eliminate single-use plastics from their operations, supply chains and products and services.

edie looks at the trials and projects that have proved successful in combatting plastics waste

Naked products and take-back schemes: How are businesses designing their way out of single-use plastics?

To mark edie's Plastics Week of content dedicated to helping businesses design their way out of single-use plastics, this round-up features the innovative ways that business giants have started to turn the tide on plastics waste.