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The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the impacts of coffee cups and plastics bottles

Wake up and smell the coffee: our shared responsibility to manage food and drink packaging waste

As edie's Resource Management month draws to a close, circular economy experts Libby Sandbrook (BITC) and Debbie Hitchen (Anthesis) explore the challenges and opportunities behind two of the most talked-about packaging waste issues of our generation: coffee cups and plastic bottles.

Companies are invited to sign up to the initiative, and in doing so will commit to reducing plastic use across operations and supply chains. Image: Dell

Dell spearheads global initiative to combat ocean plastics

Technology giant Dell is forming a collaborative initiative alongside General Motors and Interface to create the world's first commercial-scale supply chain for ocean-bound plastics, before they seep into waterways.

The free-to-watch webinar will take place on Thursday 7 December at 2pm and will conclude with a live audience Q&A

How to solve the plastics problem: Live edie webinar takes place AT 2PM TODAY

Interface, P&G, Surfdome and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation complete an all-star line-up of circular economy experts for edie's live, interactive webinar focused on plastic packaging sustainability - taking place today (Thursday 7 December) at 2pm.

The Blue Planet 2 team found plastic everywhere they filmed

Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

The world's oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity's actions, he says.

The free-to-watch webinar will take place on Thursday 7 December at 2pm and will conclude with a live audience Q&A

Plastic pollution: Circular economy experts to discuss packaging solutions in live webinar TOMORROW

Representatives from Interface, P&G, Surfdome and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation complete an all-star line-up for edie's live, interactive webinar focused on plastic packaging sustainability - taking place this Thursday (7 December) at 2pm.

A Wrap survey found that changes to packaging and labelling could help avoid around 350,000 tonnes of food waste each year, saving consumers an estimated £1bn

Wrap launches new industry guidelines for food date labels

Waste agency Wrap has today (29 November) unveiled a new date label guidance for food manufacturers and retailers to help tackle the amount of edible food discarded in UK homes.

British papermaker James Cropper has invented what it claims is “the world’s first upcycling process” for used disposable paper cups

In practice: James Cropper's upcycling solution for the coffee cup conundrum

Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. First up: James Cropper's upcycling system for paper cups.

Some experts have outlined scepticism about the effectiveness of taxation as a way to drive change on plastic waste

Would a plastic tax help the UK become a world leader in resource efficiency?

A major talking point of yesterday's Autumn Budget was the Chancellor's decision to consult on the use of a tax for plastic packaging. But what are the realistic chances of the measure proving a success for both the environment and taxpayer?

Separate figures uncovered by the Lib Dems have revealed the House of Commons itself is also failing to get to grips with disposable cup waste, using almost 4m disposable cups in the past five years

UK environment department using 1,400 disposable coffee cups a day

More than 2.5m disposable cups have been purchased by the UK's environment department for use in its restaurants and cafes over the past five years - equivalent to nearly 1,400 a day.

Householders are advised to store their potatoes in a dark, cool, well-ventilated place to reduce sprouting

Nearly half of all fresh potatoes thrown away daily by UK households

Nearly half of the edible fresh potatoes bought by UK householders each day are thrown away - nearly 2.7 million of them per day, and at a "staggering" annual cost of £230m, figures show.

Coca-Cola’s new plan to ensure that all of its packaging is 100% recyclable or reusable has been welcomed tentatively by campaigners concerned about marine pollution

Coca-Cola bolsters sustainability targets for Western Europe

Coca-Cola's continental divisions have teamed up to deliver a new sustainability plan for Western Europe, with a range of targets including plans to halve direct carbon emissions and only use packaging that is recyclable or reusable by 2025.

The British Retail Consortium, the British Soft Drinks Association, the Food and Drink Federation, the Packaging Federation and Incpen have “unanimously” opposed deposit return schemes

Food and drink industry lobbied against tougher waste policy, FOI reveals

Trade bodies representing brands such as Sainsbury's, Tesco and Coca-Cola have lobbied the Government to oppose deposit return schemes and new EU proposals designed to boost recycling.

A mounting body of evidence showing that oxo-degradable plastics fragment into tiny pieces, including microplastics

Coalition calls for oxo-degradable plastic ban

A coalition of businesses, NGOs, scientists and politicians have come together to call for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which has been linked to microplastics pollution.

P&G claims to have increased the number of manufacturing sites that deliver zero-waste-to-landfill by 17%

P&G closes in on zero-waste and renewables targets

The Procter & Gamble (P&G) company has nearly doubled its renewable energy consumption in the past year thanks to a new $200m biomass facility, the consumer goods firm's latest citizenship report has revealed.

Internal market protections prevent the need for national reduction quotas or national bans for certain packaging types, actions which industry figures say would create trade barriers in the EU

EU packaging single market erosion risks opening 'Pandora's Box' of national regulations

Ahead of negotiations to finalise the revision of EU packaging waste legislation, the European packaging industry is calling for the free movement of packaged goods to be safeguarded.

Pret wants consumers to provide feedback on the initiative, which offers two sizes of reusable glass bottles

Pret A Manger trials plastic bottle alternatives across select stores

Pret A Manger is looking to reduce the number of plastic bottles sold at its outlets and on the high streets, by offering free filtered water and reusable glass bottles at its three Veggie Pret shops.

Nearly eight million metric tonnes of plastic packaging weight – equivalent to the weight of 2,000 Eiffel Towers – ends up in the oceans each year

Plastic packaging: Are producers ready for their 'diesel moment'?

As CDP's new report warns that "rapid process innovations" are needed to help the chemical sector align to the goals of the Paris Agreement, the organisation's head of investor research Carole Ferguson tells edie that plastic packaging is on the cusp of regulatory and consumer backlash.

P&G formed a partnership with recycling experts TerraCycle to create viable solutions for the plastics that are collected

How P&G formed a new supply chain to combat ocean plastics

EXCLUSIVE: The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company's new Fairy Ocean Plastic Bottle serves to highlight a "totally new supply chain and approach" to incorporating post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic into products, as the firm closes in on a 2020 packaging target.

At present, only about 6% of plastic waste is recycled within the EU

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

The EU has ruled out penalties on single-use plastic products, in favour of raising public awareness of the damage consumer plastics are doing to the world's oceans.

The partnership could help to significantly reduce the 650,000 plastic bottled drinks used at University of Reading’s campus each year

Smart Coca-Cola dispensers to help university students slash soft drinks packaging

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has teamed up with the University of Reading to hand out micro-chipped refillable drinks bottles to students to support a more sustainable packaging system on campus.

Tetra Pak believes it can contribute to nine of the SDGs, and is using the goals to build up progress and momentum towards its science-based targets

From climate science to global goals: How Tetra Pak is realigning its sustainability strategy

As Tetra Pak's latest sustainability report reveals that the company looks set to outperform its original goals, the firm's vice president of environment Mario Abreu explains how the food packaging company is preparing to shoot for approved science-based targets.

In July Coca-Cola European Partners announced it would increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles to 50% by 2020

Coca-Cola increased its production of plastic bottles by a billion last year, says Greenpeace

Coca-Cola increased its production of throwaway plastic bottles last year by well over a billion, according to analysis by Greenpeace.

Proportionally, coffee cups account for a tiny percentage of total UK litter; just 0.7%

Pret A Manger's head of sustainability questions MP's coffee cup inquiry

Pret A Manger's head of sustainability committed to "maximising" renewable and reusable packaging for coffee cups, but has questioned whether the Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into disposable coffee cups is the best way to promote resource efficiency and sustainability in the UK.

The decision to stop production of the bottled-water line follows on from San Miguel’s pledge to halve its water consumption by 2025

San Miguel drops plastic water bottle production

Asian beverage giant San Miguel Corporation has announced its intention to discontinue the plastic-bottled Purewater line to boost the company's commitment to tackling "pressing" social and environmental issues.

Future Utilities Manager

New research from leading business energy consultancy Inenco has provided insight into how the role of the energy manager will change by 2030, and has highlighted the level of investment needed.

The new linear production line at the site is capable of producing 72,000 bottles per hour, all of which are 100% recyclable

Evian unveils carbon-neutral bottling site

Danone-owned bottled water brand Evian has unveiled its new production facility in France that will modernise how the company produces and transports its products, as part of a wider goal to become the first carbon-neutral Danone brand by 2020.

The two organisations will launch the first public awareness campaign this Autumn

Ecosurety and Hubbub to collaborate on consumer-facing recycling campaigns

Resource efficiency firm Ecosurety has announced a new partnership with environmental charity Hubbub to launch a consumer-facing campaign later this year aimed at boosting recycling rates in the UK.

The MetalMatters campaign aims to boost the capture rate of recyclable metal packaging in households, such as tin cans, aerosols and food containers

Tata Steel moves to champion UK kerbside metal packaging recycling

Europe's second largest steel producer Tata Steel will increase its support for a UK-based behaviour change initiative aimed at boosting the recycling rates for metal packaging collected at kerbside.

Surfdome's head of sustainability Adam Hall is among the expert speakers that will appear on stage at edie's Responsible Retail conference in September

Plastic packaging: Are retailers ready to face the elephant in the room?

Britain's retailers must address "the elephant in the room" that is the use of polyethene plastic for the delivery of products to and from stores, the head of sustainability at outdoor clothing company Surfdome has told edie.

Additional benefits of the deposit scheme were claimed to reach £1.2bn for the UK economy, according to studies

'Lack of political desire' biggest barrier to establishing UK bottle deposit scheme

EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of a deposit scheme for plastic bottles in the UK now hinges on "political desire" rather than technological barriers, the chief executive of solutions provider and reverse vending expert TOMRA has suggested.

The campaign is expected to reach 35m British residents by the end of 2017

Coca-Cola's new communications ad uses 1,500 pieces of recycled plastic

Coca-Cola has turned to stop-motion animation to launch a multi-million pound consumer awareness campaign to highlight the recyclability of its products, marking the first time the global drinks giant has issued a sustainability campaign in the UK.

edie's Luke Nicholls (centre) discussed sustainable packaging with The Body Shop's Simon Locke (left) and Chris Davis (right) at the University of Brighton

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Designing for the future and adapting to global megatrends

The Body Shop heads back to its hometown of Brighton to host a sustainable design workshop, while the chief sustainability officer of United Technologies discusses how businesses are adapting to sustainability megatrends in this latest episode of the edie podcast.

Beverage cartons are easily recycled using a simple pulping process, where the paperboard and non-fibre layers are separated and turned into new materials

Kerbside drink carton collections up 16-fold in decade

The kerbside collection of beverage cartons for recycling has seen a 16-fold increase across local authorities in the past decade, according to new figures released this week.

Experts warn that some of it is already finding its way into the human food chain

Plastic pollution risks 'near permanent contamination of natural environment'

Humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or polluting the world's continents and oceans, according to a new report.

The Recycling Association contacted Pringles manufacturer Kellogg’s and was informed that developments are afoot to improve the recyclability of its product design

From villains to heroes: Are Pringles and Lucozade about to unveil more sustainable packaging?

EXCLUSIVE: Moves by Kellogg's and Lucozade to develop more sustainable packaging solutions for Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sport bottles would send out a "fantastic message" to other manufacturers, the chief executive of a recycling trade body has said.

More than 140 products including crisps and popcorn have been put in smaller, redesigned packets with reduced air pocket, but the same amount of food

M&S slashes plastic use in food packaging to cut waste

A major UK supermarket has slashed the amount of packaging used for its popular snacks such as crisps and popcorn by reducing the pocket of air at the top of the bag.

CCEP plans to double the amount of recycled plastic in each of its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to 50% in the next three years

Coca-Cola bottler vows to 'reform' Britain's recycling system with new packaging strategy

Bottling company Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has today (12 July) unveiled a new packaging strategy for its Great Britain operations, which establishes collaborative partnerships to reform the nation's recycling systems and boost recycled content in its products to 50%.

CCEP continues to ensure that all of its packaging is recyclable

Coca-Cola European Partners closing in on 100% renewables target

Multinational bottling company Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) has almost cut emissions in half over the past six years, as it closes in on a target to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.

Co-op environment manager Iain Ferguson spoke at the Resourcing the Future conference in London this week

Co-op urges waste sector to put pressure on retail recycling laggards

Britain's recycling system is suffering from a lack of coherence between the major players in the packaging and waste value chain, The Co-operative Food's environment manager has said.

HP’s director of global sustainability operations Kirstie McIntyre is keen to put customers front and centre of its business model transition

Customers at the heart of sustainable business model transition, says HP

EXCLUSIVE: Hewlett-Packard's (HP) push towards a circular economy and servitisation-based business model has seen the relationship between the IT company and its customers evolve from one based purely on transactions to a point where customer demand is now helping to advance closed-loop initiatives.

Until now, landfill or burning were the only options for disposing of MDF, but MDF Recovery has developed a novel, proprietary process to recover wood fibre from the material

Test bed: Scaling up a world-first recycling solution for MDF

edie investigates the green business potential of breakthrough technologies and innovations in this new series of 'test bed' case studies. First up: a look at a world-first solution that creates a secondary material from recycled MDF boards, generating zero waste in the process.

The Foundation’s $2m innovation prize was launched last week (18 May) in collaboration with the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit

Ellen MacArthur: Businesses must collaborate to make circular economy mainstream

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses need to adopt a collaborative systems approach to packaging and product design that creates value for the vast amount of plastic that has seeped into the oceans, Dame Ellen MacArthur told edie.

Co-op has worked with scientific advisors to produce special packaging and vacuum packs that increase product shelf life

Co-op votes to make 100% of own-brand packaging recyclable

Co-op has pledged to make all of its own-brand packaging recyclable, in the same week as the head of food policy told edie the retailer is exploring the option to publicly release all of its food waste data.

Smurfit Kappa aims to remove all avoidable production waste by closing loops at an individual mill level

Smurfit Kappa celebrates 10 years of sustainability excellence

Paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa has celebrated a "decade of excellence" in sustainability achievements, which have placed the firm well on-track to supersede its 2020 target to slash emissions by a quarter.

As much as $80-120bn of plastic packaging material value is lost to the economy due to a linear, take-make-dispose value chain

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches $2m innovation prize for ocean plastic solutions

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit have today (18 May) launched a $2m innovation prize, calling on companies to create new ways of designing packaging that limits the amount of plastic polluting the oceans.

Megatrends: Exploring the future of sustainable business

This exclusive edie report explores the business impact of five key megatrends that are shaping the world we live in: climate change; technology and innovation; population growth and social change; urbanisation and smart cities; and economic growth.

The long-term commercial viability of the technology will be tested by Unilever at a pilot plant in Indonesia, a country which produces 64 million tonnes of waste every year

Unilever breakthrough technology set to tackle plastic sachet waste

Consumer goods giant Unilever has today (11 May) unveiled a breakthrough technology which aims to address the systemic global issue of multilayer plastic sachet waste.

Energy Transitions Commission: Better energy, greater prosperity

The Energy Transitions Commission’s flagship report sets out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2C while stimulating economic development and social progress.

edie explains: ISO 20400

This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partners Action Sustainability and BSI, provides an in- depth summary of the new ISO 20400 Standard which is the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement

The 42-page report is part of the WI’s ongoing campaign to reduce food waste, calling on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste

Women's Institute urges supermarkets to do more to cut food waste

The Women's Institute is urging supermarkets to do more to help consumers reduce their domestic food waste, after a survey of its own membership revealed widespread confusion about "best before" and "use by" labelling on packaging.

Planning for a circular economy

The Environmental Services Association, the voice of the UK’s resource and waste management industry, has set out a number of recommendations to more closely align the planning system with the strategic objectives of the circular economy.

Mars' Adrian Greet and Paul Crewe of Sainsbury's were joined in the panel by WRI's Kevin Moss and OLIO co-founder Saasha Celestial-One

Mars and Sainsbury's look to packaging to reduce consumer food waste

New technologies and improved dialogue with consumers has seen brands and retailers turn to packaging in order to reduce food waste, although companies still need to dispel myths that packaging is "evil".

Britvic prototype bottles. The packaging innovation forms part of the FTSE 250 firm's £240m supply chain investment programme

Britvic develops sustainable wood fibre bottle

Major soft drinks firm Britvic has made major strides in its bid to develop a viable bottle from sustainable wood fibres, the company's latest sustainability report has claimed.

Closed-loop crusaders: edie has identified six new battlegrounds that should brace themselves for the next War on Waste

Battle cry: Where should the War on Waste go next?

With edie's month of editorial content tailored to resource efficiency now in full swing, we highlight six areas where the influential 'War on Waste' circular economy campaign series should head next.

Greenpeace is calling on companies to take “drastic action” to phase out single-use plastic. Photo: Greenpeace UK

Greenpeace slams 'jaw-dropping' inaction on marine pollution from soft drinks firms

A new Greenpeace UK report has condemned the "woeful lack of action" by the soft drinks industry to prevent ocean plastic pollution, as figures show the world's top six brands use a combined average of just 6.6% recycled plastic in their bottles.

APP is now entering its fifth year of exclusively sourcing fibre generated from “responsibly managed plantations” throughout its supply chain

Asia Pulp & Paper advances forest conservation initiatives

One of the biggest pulp, paper and packaging firms has taken strides to cease all natural forest clearances within its suppliers and operations and promote best practice working standards for peatland management in Indonesia.

The checklist covers practical guidance for firms to enhance resource efficiency at all stages of the packaging value chain, including transportation and end of life

Business encouraged to go 'above and beyond' packaging legislation through new checklist

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) have partnered together to launch a new "sustainability checklist" to help companies optimise their packaging systems.

The Committee is calling in businesses to provide evidence on how the public and private sector can work to introduce policies that reduce waste and increase awareness among the public

MPs probe circular economy progress on plastic bottles and coffee cups

The war on packaging waste has entered Westminster this week as MPs have launched a fresh inquiry into the environmental impact of plastic bottle and coffee cup waste.

The firms will aim to introduce 5,000 metric tonnes of bio-based plastic to the global market

Danone and Nestlé Waters pursue 100% bio-based plastic bottle rollout

Multi-national food company Danone has teamed up with the bottled water division of the Nestlé Group and a Californian start-up company to launch a new alliance aimed at commercialising 100% bio-based plastic bottles.

The new trays will consist of 25% ocean waste and 75% HDPE plastics to enhance the recyclability of the products. Image Dell

Dell delivers tech industry's first ocean plastic packaging

Computer firm Dell has achieved a new first for the technology industry, after converting waste plastic found on beaches and in waterways into new packaging for one of its laptop products.

A CocaCola spokeswoman said the company’s polling had found majority support for a deposit return scheme across the UK

Green campaigners welcome Coca-Cola U-turn on bottle and can recycling scheme

Coca-Cola has announced it supports testing a deposit return service for drinks cans and bottles, in a major coup for environment and anti-waste campaigners.

Retail ready packaging from Smurfit Kappa, which has strict sourcing policies for its virgin and recovered fibres

Smurfit Kappa hits certification goal for sustainably-sourced packaging

Global paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has completed its goal of ensuring that 90% of all packaging sold to consumers is Chain of Custody certified, demonstrating full-transparency and a willingness to source from verified certification systems.

In future, other Ikea products such as the REINSVOLL wardrobe doors, set to launch in August 2017, will feature the recyclable foil

Ikea launches kitchen range made from recycled plastic bottles

The world's biggest furniture retailer Ikea has launched a new range of kitchen fronts made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles and reclaimed wood, eliminating the need for virgin oil-based plastics in the range.

Carbon fibre composite, a combination of carbon fibres and a polymer matrix, is growing rapidly in transport and renewable energy applications

How can we deliver a circular economy for novel materials?

The UK Government must embed circular economy thinking within its industrial strategy and place a particular focus on encouraging the recycling and recovery of 'novel' materials such as bioplastics and carbon fibre, a new report has claimed.

Despite a 16% growth in production since 2010, the firm has worked with suppliers to cut emissions by 15% in the same timeframe

Tetra Pak commits to science-based emissions target

Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has today (2 February) pledged to reduce emissions by 58% through a partnership with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBT).

Sky's coverage of ocean plastic waste was bolstered by the views of Sir Richard Branson, Ben Fogle, astronaut Tim Peake and Sir Ben Ainslie

#OceanRescue: Sky drives engagement on ocean plastic waste through new social campaign

Broadcasting company Sky has turned to social media to increase awareness of the "major challenge" of plastic waste in the oceans, using celebrities and behaviour change tips as levers to inspire and educate consumers.

MEPs in Brussels voted to restore the lowered targets to the level of the original proposal

MEPs bolster EU recycling and landfill targets

Members of the European Parliament's Environment Committee yesterday (24 January) moved to increase draft EU recycling and landfill targets that had been lowered by the European Commission in its re-tabled Circular Economy Package.

P&G's new circular economy project will require a supply of 2,600 tons of PCR plastic every year – the same weight as eight fully loaded Boeing 747 jumbo jets

P&G develops world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made from beach plastic

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has today (19 January) announced that it will be mass-producing the world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25% post-consumer recycled (PCR) beach plastic.

Unilever last year achieved its commitment of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across its manufacturing operations. Photo: unilever.co.uk

Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025

On the same day that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) unveiled a business-backed action plan to crack down on plastic waste, global consumer goods giant Unilever has made a bold new pledge to ensure that 100% of its plastic packaging is fully re-usable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

The ESA aims put evidence in front of Defra to make extended producer responsibility (EPR) a centrepiece of the department’s proposed 25-year plan

New year, new direction: ESA chairman Stewart Davies outlines circular economy prospects for 2017

In an exclusive interview for an upcoming episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, edie sits down with Stewart Davies, the new chairman of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), to discuss his thoughts on the year ahead for nation's circular economy progress.

Despite the achievements of the signatories to significantly reduce waste levels, progress to reduce household food waste at a UK level has stalled

Courtald Commitment saves major UK brands £100m of food waste

UK retailers and manufacturers have generated an estimated £100m in food waste savings over a three-year period as part of WRAP's Courtauld Commitment Phase 3, new figures released today (10 January) reveal.

The reCup is expected to be sold in the UK at a cost comparable with traditional paper cups

'Game-changing' coffee cup project to provide retailers with cost-effective recycling service

The UK could be set for a coffee cup recycling revolution as British paper cup recycler Simply Cups has thrown its weight behind a project that provides businesses and consumers with a cup that can be recycled at traditional paper mills.

Poor recycling methods over the recent Christmas period is estimated to have cost councils £72m - made up of £63m packaging waste costs and £9m food waste costs

'Dysfunctional' circular economy system leads to £72m Christmas waste costs

England needs a more consistent recycling system that works for all companies and is fairer to local authorities, according to a new business-led report which reveals that waste packaging and food leftovers from the Christmas period will have cost councils £72m.

Instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh, edie has gifted to you some interesting sustainability facts about Christmas that you might not be aware of

Christmas and sustainability: Mistletoe and wine or chalk and cheese?

Christmas is just days away and as Santa's reindeers limber up for the big night, edie rounds-up some of the hidden sustainability stories of Christmas that you probably didn't know about.

Ecosurety believes the UK must be a part of any discussions on design parameters if it wants to avoid facing fragmented compliance requirements for exported products post-Brexit

UK packaging producers warned of mounting costs from EU fees disparity

The growing trend of European countries implementing differentiated fees based on eco-design and recyclability criteria could result in higher payments for British packaging producers with compliance obligations outside the UK, according to resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety.

Recycling is primarily the responsibility of local authorities, which have suffered dramatic, austerity-driven budget cuts during the years when recycling rates have stalled and now declined

Recycling rates in England drop for first time

Recycling rates in England have fallen for the first time ever, prompting calls for a tax on packaging and meaning EU targets are now almost certain to be missed.

10 top tips to move from compliance to competitive edge on energy management

The energy efficiency path can be a long and winding road for businesses, but cutting through it can prove invaluable for long-term success.

Alongside offering the 'sustainable life at home' product line, Ikea now offers residential solar arrays to consumers in three countries

Ikea nears three-fold increase in sustainable product sales

The world's biggest furniture retailer Ikea has almost trebled the sales from its 'sustainable life at home' products, while also announcing a new €1bn financial framework to promote projects that fall within its People & Planet sustainability strategy.

The organisation will support the new goals but urges the Government to introduce “stretching but realistic” targets in future

Defra's 'unambitious' aluminium recycling targets challenged

The Government's new packaging recycling business targets for 2018-20 do not reflect the sector's high ambitions to maximise recovery and recycling of the material, according to the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).

Almost half of all plastic waste in the EU is still landfilled, reflecting an urgent need for more bio-based innovations to drive a new plastics economy

Bioplastics industry continues to expand despite low oil prices

The bioplastics industry is continuing to see stable growth despite falling oil prices, representing a positive shift in business attitudes towards manufacturing low-carbon, resource-efficient products. and a lack of stronger political support to realise the potential of bio-based materials in Europe.

The rollout of new recycling bins in Starbucks stores will also apply to any paper coffee cups from competitors

Starbucks follows Costa with in-store coffee cup recycling bins

Coffee giant Starbucks has announced the launch of a new in-store paper cup recycling bin aimed at encouraging customers to return take-way cups back into the store and boost overall recycling levels.

Some retailers are beginning to turn their backs on the Black Friday craze as a means to protect the environment

Black Friday: Five ways businesses are promoting sustainable shopping during the frenzy

Black Friday and its tech-savvy sibling Cyber Monday look set to send the retail sphere into a frenzy. But with consumers beginning to align to companies with sustainability credentials, will this year's shopping spree spare a thought for the environment?

The report by Co-op calls for fellow retailers to develop more easily recycled packaging and better labelling solutions for recyclable products

Two-thirds of Britain's recyclable plastic packaging is not being recycled, finds Co-op

The majority of all recyclable consumer packaging in the UK ends up in landfill or being sent to incineration, with only a third being recycled or re-used as intended, according to new research from food retailer The Co-operative Group (Co-op).

INFOGRAPHIC: Energy efficiency benchmarking survey

edie, in association with E.ON, conducted a survey with selected readers responsible for energy management, asking them to identify the energy efficiency activity they had already completed or had underway.

Carlsberg is no stranger to working with smaller companies and start-ups in order to strengthen its own circular economy credentials

Carlsberg: Business-led circular economy can thrive without regulators

EXCLUSIVE: The private sector has the "agility" to push the circular economy agenda without the need for government intervention, by incentivising innovators and disruptive start-ups to produce closed-loop products that appeal to wider audiences and push out unsustainable alternatives.

C2C forms the basis of the company’s Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC) initiative, that partners with suppliers to develop products that are optimised for recycling and reuse

Carlsberg obtains circular economy certification for Kronenbourg glass bottles

Global beverage company Carlsberg has become the first company in the world to be accredited with a Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) bronze certification for a glass beverage packaging.

The process of controlling or limiting the choices available to consumers could be an important next step for the circular economy

Choice editing: a crucial next step for the circular economy?

Manufacturers and retailers should go beyond using persuasion techniques to encourage resource-efficient behaviours towards the process of 'choice editing', where hard-to-recycle products are removed from shelves or certain materials are eliminated from packaging in order to limit consumer choices around the circular economy.

Beyond creating a 'nice story' as part of a company’s CSR commitments, what is the business case for not just investigating water security, but actually improving it?

Liquid assets: Strengthening the business case for water management

With global water supplies running dry at an alarming rate, edie's Matt Mace hears from some of the private sector's leading lights on tackling water scarcity to uncover the business case that lies beneath the surface.

According to Szaky, consumers are purchasing around ten times more stuff compared to 100 years ago, the majority of which is “voluntary consumerism”

TerraCycle: Recycling won't solve the waste dilemma, but consumers can

Improving economic incentives behind waste collection models and a "silent revolution" in how consumers interact with products will be essential in tackling "monumental environmental crises", all of which can be linked back to waste.

Under Ambition 2025, FDF will develop a comprehensive online signposting tool to guide members in integrating sustainable sourcing into their supply chains

Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'

McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.

WRAP's National Recycling Guidelines

Following extensive consultation with the recycling industry, WRAP has developed a list of items that can and cannot be recycled, along with how they should be presented by householders. This document outlines how and why the recycling guidelines have been developed, including a summary of results from consumer testing. 

The paper calls on the Government to “consider in some detail” the role that EPR can play in tackling the UK’s litter problem as part of its upcoming Litter Strategy

The litter levy: Should brands take more responsibility for the UK's waste woes?

Brands such as McDonald's, Coca Cola, Costa Coffee and Wrigley should strive to become a "big part of the solution" to the amount of litter plaguing UK streets, by working with the Government to implement an Extended Produce Responsibility (EPR) scheme.

The partnership will produce new recycling solutions for previously unrecyclable waste for businesses and local authorities

Suez and TerraCycle to boost waste management for 'tricky-to-recycle' products

Pens, coffee packaging and protective disposable gloves could soon be subjected to innovative new recycling techniques, after waste management firm Suez announced a new partnership with developers TerraCycle, a company renown for treating hard-to-recycle materials.

The company recently announced ambitions to deliver more than 100 million packs of 100% recyclable, bio-based cartons to customers during 2016

Tetra Pak cuts emissions during period of growth

Despite the number of packages sold rising by 16% over the last 12 months, Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has revealed that emissions have tumbled as it closes in on its 2020 climate goals.

edie took a behind-the-scenes tour of a paper mill owned and run by Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s largest paper-based packaging businesses

The story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality

Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.

The platform marks the first time that UK companies governed by Producer Responsibility Obligation Regulations are given transparent knowledge on investment

Ecosurety adopts 'network creator' mantle to launch Circularety waste investment platform

Resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety has today (28 September) introduced a new "revolutionary" platform that uses money generated from issuing waste recycling compliance documents to fund transparent projects that aid the waste and recycling industry.

More than 11 million tonnes of materials could be diverted from disposal increasing England’s recycling rate by 7% by the year 2025 if the new framework is adopted.

Could this new industry framework reinvigorate England's recycling rates?

England would see a much-needed increase in recycling, an improvement in the quality of recycled materials and a more comprehensive waste management service for households if a new, collaborative industry framework is adopted, WRAP has claimed.

England's recycling rate has been on the decline since 2012/13, falling by 0.7% to 44.3% for the 12 months to June 2015

Consistency and co-operation key to boost national recycling rates, surveys reveal

With today marking the launch of Recycle Week 2016 (12-18 September), two new public surveys have highlighted the need for greater standardisation and co-operation between retailers and policymakers to improve the UK's recycling performance.

The Co-op has signed up to the PIRAP scheme which takes a collaborative approach to meeting the Government's plastic packaging targets

Co-op calls on retailers to 'move with us' on plastics recycling action plan

The Co-op has become the first retailer to sign up to the 'Plastic Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP), and is calling on other retailers to follow suit.


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