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If successful, the store format will be rolled out nationwide across all Morrisons 498 over the next year

Morrisons to launch six 'zero waste' stores in Scotland

Retailer Morrisons has confirmed plans to trial six "zero waste" stores in Edinburgh, which could be replicated across all its stores nationwide if successful.

The new reusable range of 88 products will include household brands such as Persil, Fever-Tree, Carex, Tetley Tea and BrewDog

Loop: Tesco launches returnable packaging system for select product ranges

Tesco has today (13 September) unveiled a new partnership with the Loop platform to enable teabags, beverages, cleaning products and other items to be purchased in reusable and returnable packaging.

Ready to follow in Colgate Palmolive's footsteps? Entries for the 2022 awards close on 1 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet plastics innovation champions Colgate Palmolive

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than a month away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Plastic Reduction and Innovation' award, Colgate Palmolive.

By WWF's estimates, global plastic production could double by 2040, outpacing improvements in recyclign systems

Plastic pollution: WWF urges action to prevent societal costs hitting $7trn by 2040

The societal cost of plastic produced in 2040 could hit $7.1trn unless urgent action is taken, according to a new report from WWF.

Plastic shrinkwrap is classed as hard-to-recycle

Mars and Heinz roll out plastic-free packaging alternatives

Consumer goods giants Mars Petcare and Heinz have simultaneously announced that they are removing hundreds of tonnes of plastic shrink wrap from multipacks of their products.

A full list of items will be published in the coming weeks

Government launches consultation on single-use plastics ban

The UK Government has on Friday (27 August) announced that it will run a consultation to outline what single-use plastic items could be banned in England over the coming years.

Britvic pledged to only sell plastic bottles made using 100% recycled content in the UK by the end of 2022

Britvic switches more brands to 100% recycled plastic bottles

Britvic has announced that its Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench brands are moving to 100% recycled plastic (rPET) for all 500ml bottles, as part of a wider commitment to move to fully recycled content in the UK by 2022.

Images: Left, Bulldog; right, kp 

Bulldog Skincare launches packaging recycling scheme as 'world's first' recyclable blister packs for medicine unveiled

UK-based men's skincare brand Bulldog has launched a new packaging take-back and recycling scheme, in the same week that an innovative recyclable plastic blister pack has launched.

Some 1,000 tonnes of soft plastics will be recycled each year under the scheme 

Tesco adds flexible plastic recycling points to all large UK stores

Tesco has announced that all of its large UK stores now have recycling collection points for soft and flexible plastics, which are not collected from homes by most local councils.

The new scheme is based on a successful trial at 14 stores over a six-week period this summer

Dixons Carphone launches nationwide polystyrene takeback scheme

Electrical and telecommunications retailer Dixons Carphone has unveiled fresh new commitments to embrace the circular economy, including making all its own-label products packaging reusable or recyclable by 2023 and introducing a nationwide rollout of an in-store takeback scheme for polystyrene.

Image: Samsung 

Samsung promises plastic-free mobile packaging by 2025

Electronics and electricals giant Samsung has pledged to remove all single-use plastics from mobile phone packaging by 2025.

The report is being used as a call to action for businesses and policymakers

Report: Just 12 businesses account for more than half of UK's packaging litter

An analysis of the litter collected during more than 600 clean-up events across the UK this year has found that packaging from businesses including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and McDonald's is the most commonly littered.

Pictured: The in-store collection boxes at Pets at Home (left) and Wilko (right)

Pets at Home launches packaging recycling scheme as Wilko extends face mask collections

Retailer Pets at Home has introduced in-store recycling points for flexible pet food packaging at 40 stores, while Wilko has confirmed that its in-store face mask recycling points will remain in place.

The learnings from the Pilton Village store (pictured) will be used to inform further waste reduction initiatives

Co-op launches village-wide behaviour change study for recycling soft plastics

Co-op has launched a village-wide behaviour change study in a bid to get more than 1,000 residents of a village in Somerset to understand how soft plastics can be collected and recycled.

The supermarket introduced reusable alternatives to produce bags in 2019. Image: Lidl GB

Lidl vows to remove two billion pieces of plastic packaging by the end of 2022

After removing more than one billion pieces of plastic from UK stores, Lidl GB has set new ambitions to reduce plastic packaging further.

Pictured: Co-op's festival shop at Leeds. Image: Co-op

Co-op to host reverse vending machines at music festivals, turning recycled plastic bottles into uniforms

Supermarket Co-op has confirmed plans to host reverse vending machines for plastic bottles and drinks cans at five music festivals this summer, and has forged a partnership to recycle the collected materials into uniforms for staff.

Image: P&G/ Paboco 

P&G's Lenor to pilot 100,000 paper bottles in 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) has joined the Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) collaboration and will launch its first paper pulp-based bottles in European markets next year, the firm has announced this week. 

Pictured: Plastic waste dumped illegally in Turkey. Image: Caner Ozkan / Greenpeace

Turkey reverses ban on plastics imports for recycling

Just eight days after a ban on the import of certain kinds of plastic waste was instated by the Turkish Government in a bid to reduce plastic pollution, the mandate has been lifted for PET.

Image: Co-op

Co-op set to expand flexible plastic recycling scheme to 1,500 stores this month

Following an initial trial in 50 stores last year, Co-op is rolling out an in-store collection system for plastic bags and flexible packaging to 1,500 stores by the end of July.

Last year, Coca-Cola announced that it would roll out bottles made from 100% rPET in the Netherlands and Norway

Coca-Cola to use 100% recycled plastics for all on-the-go bottles in the UK

All small bottles produced by Coca-Cola in the UK will be made using 100% recycled plastic, in a move that will save 29,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year.

Image: Carbios 

FMCG giants unveil world's first plastic bottles recycled using enzymes

L'Oreal, Nestle Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe have unveiled plastic bottles made entirely from post-consumer waste recycled using enzymatic processes, in what they describe as a world first.

Pictured: The first Asda refill stations, in the Middleton store

Asda to add plastic-free refill stations to more UK stores

Following a successful trial in one store, Asda is adding refill stations for products including tea, cereal and pasta to four more UK locations by the end of 2021.

The trials feature Unilever’s first ‘return on the go’ system, where shoppers can purchase pre-filled reusable bottles from stores

Unilever unveils new UK refillable packaging trials

Unilever is expanding trials of refillable packaging across the UK, including its first 'return on the go' scheme, in a bid to cut back on unnecessary plastics packaging.

Each refill 'bubble' contains 60% less plastic than a standard 1.5-litre bottle, while holding more than three times as much water 

Evian launches plastic-reducing refill device to UK market

Following a string of trials and a launch in France, water brand evian has launched a refillable home water dispenser in the UK.

Unilever wants to roll the paper-based bottles out across its European markets and is piloting the same technology for haircare bottles

Unilever introduces paper-based bottles for laundry detergent

Unilever is set to launch its first paper-based bottles for laundry detergent in Brazil next year, with an ambition in place to introduce the packaging across Europe thereafter.

Pictured: Cans housed in a plastic-free alternative to typical six-pack rings. Image: Corona

Beer giant Corona achieves 'net-zero plastic footprint'

Beer brand Corona, which is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has announced that it is now recovering more plastic from the environment than it generates, describing the milestone as the delivery of 'net-zero plastic'.

POP is manufactured using litter that is collected within 30 miles of a coastline. Image: Waitrose & Partners 

Waitrose and Aldi to use ocean-bound plastics for packaging on dozens of products

Waitrose & Partners has marked World Oceans Day (8 June) by unveiling plans to add ocean-bound plastics to packaging across 71 products, including ready meals, fruit and vegetables.

Pictured: The new Lucozade Sport bottle format

Ballygowan targets 100% recycled plastic packaging as Lucozade adds on-bottle recycling labels

Britvic-owned Irish water brand Ballygowan Mineral Water has announced plans to switch to 100% recycled plastic bottles, in the same week that Lucozade's parent firm confirmed plans to add on-pack recycling prompts.

Pictured: Staff at KFC Taunton litter picking 

KFC to train all 28,000 UK staff to tackle litter

In light of the fact that many local authorities have reported an increase in littering since lockdown first began, KFC has launched a new strategy to combat the problem, including large-scale staff training.

Customers will continue to get discounts for reuse, and, in geographies including the UK, a 5p surcharge will apply to disposable cups

Starbucks to launch reusable cup sharing programme in the UK this year

Starbucks has announced plans to launch a reusable cup 'sharing' initiative in all British, French and German stores in the coming months, ahead of a roll-out across Europe, the Middle East and Africa by 2025.

Image: Amazon

Amazon could be forced to disclose its plastic footprint

E-commerce giant Amazon's shareholders will vote this week on whether the firm should adopt a resolution requiring it to disclose how much plastic packaging it produces - and how much of this is likely to end up polluting the environment.

Up to 80% of collected flexible plastic will be recycled in the UK

Manufacturing giants unite on £1m Flexible Plastic Fund

Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever are all supporting a new £1m initiative to improve the recyclability of "flexible" plastic bags, wrappers, films, pouches, packets and sachets.

Image: Caner Ozkan / Greenpeace

Turkey to ban plastic imports after 'recycling' from UK and other nations dumped and burned

The Turkish Government has outlined plans to ban the import of certain kinds of plastic waste, after a Greenpeace investigation found that plastics sent to Turkey for recycling were actually polluting the environment.

The company is now seeing if bio-based materials can work as the barrier inside the bottle. Image: Absolut

Absolut replaces plastics from bottle necks as part of paper-based bottle development

The Absolut Company has unveiled the latest milestone in its mission to create a fully paper-based drinks bottle, having replaced the plastic used to shape bottle necks, with a bio-based barrier.

Unilever is looking across its brands to find what products are suitable for less, better or no plastic

Time, innovation and partnerships: How Unilever is moving away from single-use plastics

EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief R&D officer Richard Slater tells edie how a focus on better, less and no plastic is enabling the consumer goods giant to reduce its plastics footprint globally while improving the recyclability of packaging.

Soft and flexible plastics from all brands will be accepted, including plastic bags

Aldi launches in-store recycling scheme for problem plastics

Aldi has added collection points for soft and flexible plastics, which most UK councils do not collect from homes, to 20 of its UK stores.

Chemical companies, oil majors, banks and investors all come under fire in the new report

Beyond retail: Banks and fossil fuel giants urged to face role in plastic pollution crisis

Just 20 businesses are responsible for half of the world's single-use plastic waste, with fossil fuel majors including ExxonMobil and Total among the worst offenders, a new study has revealed.

The new tubes have been approved by RecyClass, which sets the recyclability standard for Europe

Unilever introduces fully recyclable toothpaste tubes

Unilever is introducing recyclable toothpaste tubes to its oral care brands in two of its largest markets, as part of wider plans to convert its branded toothpaste portfolio to widely recyclable packaging by 2025.

In certifying as a B-Corp, evian joins more than 3,500 other businesses globally 

Digital dashboards and B-Corp reports: Why evian is disclosing more sustainability information online

Last month, evian launched a digital dashboard enabling consumers to track its progress towards key plastics targets. In an exclusive interview with edie, the brand's global vice president Shweta Harit said that brands should no longer "hide anything" around their sustainability journey.

Image: Mattel

PlayBack: Mattel launches toy recycling scheme

Mattel, the toy giant behind Barbie, has launched a new take-back and recycling scheme for used toys.

The changes will tackle 50 million pieces of plastic within a year. Image: Tesco

Tesco removes plastic rings from beer and cider packs

In what it claims is a first among UK supermarkets, Tesco is scrapping flexible plastic rings on all beer and cider multipacks.

The Government now expects the use of single-use carrier bags to fall by a further 70-80% for SMEs

10p plastic bag charge comes into force for all businesses

The UK Government has confirmed that it is increasing the levy applied to single-use plastic carrier bags to 10p.

Co-op’s new initiative will remove 29.5 million bags for life, weighing around 870 tonnes of plastic

Co-op to remove plastic bags for life from all stores

Co-op will remove plastic bags for life from sale in all 2,600 stores, citing concerns that they are increasing the amount of plastic in circulation, instead choosing to offer customers 10p compostable bags.

If successful, the trial could be rolled out to other stores

Aldi launches packaging-free refillable trial

Aldi has today (14 April) launched its first trial of packaging-free products, with a variety of rice and pasta on offer as part of a new refillable service.

Oxo-degradable plastics have proven controversial for years

Government to explore ban on oxo-degradable plastics

The UK Government is considering introducing a ban on types of plastics that can breakdown naturally, following an evidence-gathering consultation into the environmental impacts of plastics and alternative materials.

The retailer claims that removing every plastic bag from stores nationwide will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year

Morrisons to remove all plastic bags for life from UK stores

Supermarket retailer Morrisons is removing all plastic versions of its "bags for life" from stores nationwide, in favour of paper and other reusable options, in a move that will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year.

Registrants can still access recordings of all three sessions.

Available to watch on-demand: edie's Circular Economy Inspiration sessions

Experts from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea, Innovate UK and The Body Shop took part in The Circular Economy Inspiration Sessions - an afternoon of live, interactive presentations and discussions on Thursday 25 March.

#SustyTalk: Kao Corporation's Dave Muenz on plastic packaging innovation

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Kao Corporation's senior vice president for ESG, Dave Muenz, hosted as part of our Circular Economy Week.

SustyTalk: Planet Patrol's Lizzie Carr on single-use plastics and business activism

edie's #SustyTalk series continues during Circular Economy Week, with Planet Patrol's founder and activist Lizzie Carr discussing public attitudes towards single-use plastics and how businesses can become activists to help create a closed-loop future.

The Government also promised to explore the introduction of consistent recycling collections for households and businesses across England

Government launches consultations on Deposit Return Scheme and Extended Producer Responsibility

MPs have today introduced new consultations to create the largest ever overhaul to the waste and resources sector, recommending that manufacturers cover the full costs of recycling packaging waste, standardising domestic and commercial waste collection and introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for certain types of packaging in 2024.

The report is free to download for edie users

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

edie has today (24 March) launched an updated report 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 as part of efforts to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.

Single-use plastics: The 2021 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. But has the progress delivered in 2019 off the back of the so-called “Attenborough effect” been offset by the pandemic?

Plastic recycling is rising up the environmental agenda in the UK again, with the end of lockdown on the horizon

Recycling gap: Most Brits claim they recycle plastic at home, so why aren't rates improving?

A new survey of 5,000 adults has revealed that eight in ten UK adults recycle at least three-quarters of the plastics waste produced in their homes. So why is the UK's domestic plastics recycling rate stagnating?

The week will provide edie readers with an array on insight as to how to embrace the circular economy

Circular Economy Week: edie kicks off week of zero-waste themed content and events

Running from 22-26 March, edie's Circular Economy Week includes exclusive interviews, podcasts, reports, webinars and in-depth feature articles - all dedicated to embracing closed-loop models.

Both organisations have successfully removed plastics from a range of products

Ocado and KP Snacks detail progress on plastic phase-outs

Online retailer Ocado had launched a refresh of its own-range products that will remove more than nine million pieces of packaging while also reducing the amount of plastic used, while KP Snacks has also announced packaging reductions.

Mondelez expects to deliver a 10,000-tonne reduction in plastic use as a result of the new commitment

Mondelez and PepsiCo set new plastic pledges following non-profit discussions

Two of the world's largest users of plastics, Mondelez International and PepsiCo have agreed to set new reduction targets following intensive discussions with the As You Sow non-profit.

Once the roll-out is complete, Tesco believes it will host the UK's largest in-store recycling network for soft plastics

Tesco to roll out UK-wide flexible plastic recycling scheme

Tesco has begun introducing permanent in-store recycling points for soft and flexible plastics, which typically are not collected by councils, and is hoping to host them in all large UK stores.

The Sessions form part of a dedicated week of action inspired by edie's Mission Possible Plastics Hub

Next wave of speakers confirmed for edie's circular economy online event

Experts from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea, Innovate UK and The Body Shop have been confirmed among the first wave of speakers for The Circular Economy Inspiration Sessions – an afternoon of live, interactive presentations and discussions taking place virtually on Thursday 25 March.

Burger King UK has already phased out plastic straws

Burger King to ditch all single-use plastic in the UK

Burger King UK has made a new commitment to phase out all single-use plastic by 2025, replacing packaging with reusables and with recycled or certified plastic-free alternatives.

Pictured: Two of Aldi's Easter lines with new packaging. Image: Aldi UK

Asda and Aldi expand plastic-free packaging efforts

Aldi has revealed designs for plastic-free Easter egg packaging, in the same week that Asda made a commitment to replace one million plastic shelf-edge labels (SELs) with more sustainable alternatives.

Plans are also in place for the packaging to be rolled out across other brands next year

Nestlé reduces plastic from cereal packaging and rolls out paper Smarties packs worldwide

Well-known cereal brands including Cheerios, Shreddies and Shredded Wheat are set to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging by more than 600 tonnes annually, while Nestlé's Smarties brand is also switching to recyclable paper packaging worldwide.

According to Tennent’s, the new equipment will remove 150 tonnes of plastic from Tennent’s Lager can packs by 2022

Tennent's invests £7m to remove plastic packaging from beer cans

Scottish brewer Tennent's is investing £7m into new packaging technology at its Glasgow-based brewery which will remove more than 100 million plastic rings from its lager can packs by 2022.

A UK-wide roll-out will commence this Autumn

Heinz removes plastics from canned product packaging

Heinz is replacing plastic shrink-wrap packaging across its multipack canned products for sustainably certified paperboard, a move which will reduce the company's plastics footprint by 550 tonnes.

Tesco has a long-standing partnership with WWF to help drive progress towards key sustainability targets

Tesco removes one billion pieces of plastic packaging

In 2019, Tesco pledged to remove one billion pieces of plastic packaging from its UK business by the end of 2020. The UK's biggest supermarket has now revealed it has met the lofty target by working closely with suppliers and own-brand design teams.

The Plastics Recovery Insight and Steering Model (PRISM) will act as a single data collection point for corporates and NGOs to access data that will inform waste management decisions

IBM to launch new data platform to map plastics waste

IBM has partnered with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) on a new data platform to help track plastic waste and recovery globally.

As well as Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero owns brands like Kinder and Nutella

Ferrero unveils fresh commitments to sustainable packaging ahead of Christmas

After being criticised by green groups last year for producing heavy and hard-to-recycle plastic packaging, Fererro has joined new industry commitments aimed at reducing plastic use and improving recyclability.

Image: Huggies

Huggies launches biodegradable baby wipes in step towards plastic-free goal

Kimberly-Clark owned brand Huggies has launched its first biodegradable product - baby wipes which break down in landfill conditions within 15 days.

PepsiCo estimates the move will prevent 70,000 tonnes of virgin plastic use annually

PepsiCo targets 100% recycled plastic bottles in Europe

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has set a new goal to reach 100% recycled content in plastic Pepsi bottles sold in its nine biggest European markets by 2022.

While many circular economy programmes are in their infancy, customers seem to be responding well, warming to the idea of more sustainable, circular products

The Great Reinvention: Cracking the code for circular economy business model innovation

After participating in edie's 'Business Model Innovation' open roundtable at Net-Zero Live earlier this month, sustainable business expert and commentator Mike Townsend explores four key shifts in search of the 'holy grail' - how we can transition to circular business models that are sustainable and profitable, yet also attractive for customers and suppliers.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there are more than 86 million tonnes of plastics in the oceans, with up to 12 million tonnes added each year

UK to support 'Paris Agreement on plastics'

The UK Minister for Pacific and the Environment, Zac Goldsmith, has revealed that the UK is willing to discuss a new global treaty to tackle plastics pollution, which has been supported by more than two-thirds of UN member states.

The report describes the food-to-go sector as "sandwiched between" Covid-19 and the war on plastics

City to Sea: 8 in 10 food-to-go giants failing to tackle single-use plastic

A survey of 20 of the UK's largest food-to-go outlets has found that more than eight in ten have introduced no policies on removing single-use plastic from consumer-facing operations this year.

The new packaging format will reach stores in January 2021

Ribena redesigns plastic labels in bid for 'bottle-to-bottle' recycling

Soft drinks giant Ribena has redesigned the sleeves on its plastic bottles, in a move it claims will improve recycling rates and prevent downcycling.

The Google Nest Thermostats (pictured) now contain 75% recycled plastics.

Google launches phones and thermostats with recycled plastics

Google has achieved one of its plastics targets ahead of schedule, revealing that all new Pixel phones and Nest thermostats include recycled content.

Unilever is aiming to use at least 25% PCR by 2025 and expects to double the amount it uses over the next 12 months

Unilever expects to double use of recycled plastics in next 12 months

Unilever has confirmed that 10% of its plastic footprint now consists of post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR), as the company pushes ahead to meet a target of halving the use of virgin plastic.

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.

Aldi currently distributes more than 100 tonnes of single-use plastic produce bags in the UK and Ireland annually. Image: Aldi

Aldi to remove single-use plastic bags from fruit and veg aisles

Aldi UK & Ireland will remove single-use plastic bags from the produce aisles in all of its stores by the end of the year, the supermarket announced today (2 October).

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.

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.

Each business is a member of two or more organisations which lobbied against stricter legislation in the past two years, the report claims

'Hypocrisy': Consumer goods giants accused of covert lobbying against stronger plastics legislation

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Danone are among ten major food & beverage and consumer goods firms facing accusations of covertly lobbying against stronger plastics-related legislation, in spite of their public commitments to tackle plastics pollution.

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.

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.

Unilever has pledged to transition to more sustainable sources of carbon, in line with its 2039 net-zero commitment

Unilever's Persil switches to bio-based formula and recycled plastic bottles

Unilever-owned cleaning brand Persil has launched a new liquid formulation made from plant-based stain removers and biodegradable ingredients that will be packaged in fully recyclable bottles made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic.

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.

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 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.

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.

Asda is striving to use 15% less plastic across own-brand lines in 2021 than it did in 2017

Asda trials reusable fruit & veg bags as Aldi rolls out plastic-free packaging

Asda has unveiled plans to remove single-use plastic bags for fruit and vegetables from stores, in favour of reusable alternatives made from recycled material, in the same week that Aldi confirmed a roll-out of cardboard meat trays.

Retailers must donate funds raised through the charge to charity

UK plastic bag charge to be doubled and extended to all retailers

The UK Government has confirmed that the 5p charge on single-use plastic carrier bags will be doubled to 10p and extended to all retailers from April 2021.

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 paper bags cost the same as the plastic 'bags for life' and boast similar strength and capacity. Image: Morrisons

Morrisons planning to ditch plastic 'bags for life'

After removing 5p single-use carrier bags and trialling paper options, Morrisons is hoping to remove plastic 'bags for life' from all of its checkouts, should trials of alternatives prove successful.

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.

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.

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.

Each of our four interviewees for this episode are driving plastic phase-outs within their own organisations

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Plastic-Free July special

For episode 89 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, edie has assembled expert speakers for exclusive discussions on how plastics action is progressing throughout the Covid-19 crisis.