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The straw ban will reduce Burger King's annual plastic output in the UK by 29 tonnes

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Black plastics in Quorn’s Deli range, which accounts for 10% of all chilled products, will be phased out by the end of 2018

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The trial will help Iceland's sustainability team better understand consumer perceptions and appetite for reverse-vending systems

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The recommendation report was published following discussion with environment secretary Michael Gove, in December last year

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Princes is sourcing its post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic from a UK supplier

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P&G's research found that washing at 40C uses more than double the amount of energy as washing in a cold and quick cycle

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Plastic coffee cup lids and plastic cutlery will be substituted, cutting a total of more than 1.1 million pieces of single-use plastic from Parliamentary waste

Parliament vows to 'eliminate' single-use plastics from operations by 2019

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Co-op hopes the trial will help deliver a wider goal to ensure that all own-brand packaging is easy to recycle by 2025

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Signatories will aim to make 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled and composted

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The company’s first group-wide sustainability report outlines plans to share best practice in supply chains to train professionals growers

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Costa already offers in-store recycling at more than 2,000 of its stores across the UK

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National Geographic Partners has vowed to use its photography and journalism to shine a spotlight on ocean plastic waste

Sky and National Geographic join forces in fight against marine plastic pollution

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The reusable bottles feature three exclusive Pret designs: the apple robot, the cucumber snake and the watermelon lollies

Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

Pret A Manger has unveiled a new range of reusable bottles to help reduce the amount of plastic used by customers.

Nestlé has vowed to play an “active role” in the development of recycling schemes across the country where it operates

Nestlé aims to make all packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025

Nestlé has become the latest firm to step up its action on plastic waste, with a pledge to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Waitrose claims the the move will save more than 52 million cups a year

Waitrose to remove disposable coffee cups from stores by autumn

Waitrose has ramped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste with a pledge to remove all disposable coffee cups from its shops before the end of 2018.

Last year, Unilever committed to making all of its plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025

Unilever to develop closed-loop supply for food packaging plastics

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Waitrose builds on plastics pledge by switching to paper straws in cafes

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Sustainability and procurement experts from manufacturing and retail firms came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the supply chain

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The bottles will be 100% recyclable and sourced in the UK

Co-op unveils 50% recycled plastic bottles for own-brand water

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McDonald’s joins the likes of Waitrose, London City Airport, Hotel du Vin and Costa in agreeing to phase-out plastic straw use

McDonald's unveils plan to phase-out plastic straws

McDonald's will start phasing out plastic straws from UK restaurants from May, with the fast food giant ready to trial paper and biodegradable alternatives in response to consumer demand.

Mike Coupe has led Sainsbury's through its commitment to reduce volumes of own packaging by 50% by 2020

Plastic packaging a 'policy failure', claims Sainsbury's boss

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe says Britain's plastic waste crisis has been exacerbated by a "failure of public policy" and is calling for a more unified approach to recycling.

Patel suggests that packagers, retailers and waste management organisations should work holistically to develop a singular brief for packaging

Are businesses thinking about the SDGs when targeting plastics?

The recent wave of pledges against single-use plastic could lead to unintended consequences due to a lack of cross-sector alignment that is failing to examine the role of packaging in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ferguson also chairs the Rationalisation of Packaging Working Group, instituted by WRAP, aimed at improving recycling

Financial incentives for recyclability the way forward, says Co-op

A fiscal system that rewards recyclability and labelling, coupled with reducing the range of polymers available for use, would enable retailers and waste management firms to better tackle the rise of plastics pollution, according to the Co-op's environment manager Iain Ferguson.

Chancellor Hammond has set aside £20m for an innovation fund that will help businesses and universities discover new solutions to tackle plastic waste

Spring Statement: Chancellor unveils consultation on plastic tax

Phillip Hammond has launched a public consultation on a tax system for single-use plastics, vowing to tackle the “threat to our oceans" in his inaugural Spring Statement.

Mondi Group has developed programmes to improve energy efficiency, transition to renewable energy and manage forests and source materials in a responsible manner

Mondi Group sets science-based targets through WWF's Climate Savers

Global packaging firm Mondi Group has set new science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions across the company's operations and indirect activities, after signing up to the WWF's Climate Savers initiative for low-carbon business aspirations.

The Government dismissed proposals for an outright ban on all disposable cups by 2023, should all else other measures fail

'Warm words, no action': Government rejects 25p 'latte levy' proposal

MPs have criticised the Government's refusal to introduce a 25p levy on all disposable cups, with ministers accused of providing "warm words but no real action".

Lidl UK joins the likes of Tesco, Co-op, Iceland and Aldi in publicly backing a deposit return scheme for plastic containers

Lidl UK exploring deposit return scheme as part of plastic waste commitment

Lidl UK has today (9 March) unveiled a package of new commitments to reduce plastic waste, including plans to remove all single-use plastic bags, reduce the quantity of plastic packaging by one-fifth and consider a deposit return scheme for plastic containers.

Aldi has signed up to a new cross-sector initiative from WRAP aimed at transforming the UK's plastics system

Aldi unveils sweeping measures to slash plastics waste

Discount chain Aldi will scrap 5p carrier bags by the end of this year and ensure all packaging on its own-label is reusable, recyclable or compostable before 2022.

Representatives from Tetra Pak, Iceland and James Cropper met at the Museum of Brands

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Researchers claim the UK may have failed to meet its EU plastic packaging recycling targets in each year from 2008-12

Report: UK overestimates plastics recycling by one-third

The UK is significantly underestimating the amount of plastics packaging waste produced across the country, according to new research.

Large crowds gathered as representatives from Iceland, Co-op, Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Coca-Cola participated in a panel discussion on the topic of plastic waste

The big plastics debate: Industry must be fearless in zero-waste pursuit, Iceland claims

Iceland said it would not be afraid to make mistakes when tackling the issue of plastics waste, during a unique panel debate also featuring Co-op, Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Coca-Cola.

The home delivery market reportedly grew 10 times faster than the nation's appetite for eating-out in 2017

Online food delivery services commit to plastics takeaway

The war on plastics has entered the rapidly growing online food delivery sector, with industry competitors Deliveroo and Just Eat both making pledges today (1 March) to cut down the amount of plastic packaging used by customers.

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The Voluntary and Economic Incentives working group will report to ministers “shortly” with findings from a call to evidence on a deposit scheme

Government 'dragging its feet' over deposit return scheme for plastics, MPs claim

The UK Government is exploring how changes to packaging producer responsibilities and a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and containers would be implemented in the UK, but the lack of action has been described as "unacceptable" by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).

All materials used by Harrogate are recyclable and the company runs zero-waste-to-landfill operations

Harrogate Water bottles to contain 50% recycled content

Britain's oldest water brand, Harrogate Water, has stepped up its plastic efforts with the announcement that all products will contain 50% recycled content from April 2018.

There is a very real chance that England, Scotland and Northern Ireland could fail to meet a targeted 50% recycling rate for 2020

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Are reuse and refill missing pieces of our sustainable packaging jigsaw?

Last week the Church of England and Members of Parliament pledged to go single-use plastic-free for the 40 days of Lent, while the BBC plans to be similarly plastic-free in its operations by 2020. These are the latest (at time of writing at least) in an ever-growing list of sustainable packaging commitments being made at an almost breakneck pace.

The company had already reached its 2020 emission targets for production

Drop the C: Heineken outlines science-based targets ambition

Brewer Heineken has today (12 February) unveiled a new sustainability strategy that commits to ramping up renewable energy production, piloting an internal carbon price and setting science-based targets across distribution, cooling and packaging.

The global switch to paper cups is expected to be completed by 2020 as supplier manufacturing capabilities ramp up

Dunkin' Donuts to stop using foam cups by 2020

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Asda was among leading retailers which refused to reveal the exact amount of waste they trigger, saying the information was “commercially sensitive”

Asda joins wave of supermarkets pledging to cut plastic waste

Asda has become the latest supermarket to join the war against plastic by pledging to reduce it "wherever" it can, including slashing the amount in its own-brand packaging by 10% in the next 12 months.

The UK recycles just 38% of its plastic packaging, while it ships more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste to China every year

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EXCLUSIVE: Eliminating unnecessary uses of plastic from production and supply chains is quickly becoming a "competitive issue" for businesses, with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management's (CIWM) chief executive Dr Colin Church urging companies not to wait for legislation.

Sixteen industry experts came together in London to discuss how to drive engagement and move from ambition to action on the SDGs

SDG roundtable: Five ways to move from ambition to action

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses across the country recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and UL EHS Sustainability, which explored the steps required to take the lead on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We have a problem and a lot of plastics

Plastic is everywhere: it is in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, it is the food we eat and in the clothes we wear. We have a plastics pollution problem, leaching into our environment and finding its way into our marine environment, being swept up to the Arctic, ingested by marine life causing harm, polluting our waterways and reducing the aesthetic value of the places we love the most. How we manage plastics is a serious issue, but things just got a bit more complicated.

edie Explains: Frequency response

How does frequency response work? What are the business benefits of adopting frequency response technology? And how will National Grid's planned overhaul of balancing services impact the frequency response market? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

The new method uses heat sealing bags which eliminate the need for the widely-used plastic seal

Co-op goes plastic free for own-brand teabags

In the latest example of business attempting to combat plastic pollution, the Co-op has become the first retailer to develop a fully-biodegradable paper tea bag - removing all uses of polypropylene plastic as a result.

Plastics: We're at war with the symptoms, not the cause

Theresa May's call to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste within the next 25 years is a step in the right direction, but also follows a growing trend that ignores the remedies needed in the value chain of the UK's resource efficiency ambitions.

The UK ships more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste to China, and 3.7 million tonnes of paper waste every year

Could China's import ban create a step change for UK recycling?

China's ban on the import of plastic and mixed paper waste raised fears that the UK would be plagued by mountains of waste, but amidst the hysteria the industry has been given the ideal platform to overhaul current recycling standards.


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