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Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together in London to discuss the potential solutions to energy and waste issues related to the circular economy

Circular roundtable: How can businesses accelerate the resource revolution?

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and EDF Energy, to discuss how organisations are stepping up efforts to accelerate a circular economy.

Here, edie rounds up seven key lessons that Hugh and Anita’s War on Plastics was willing to teach. Image: BBCBBC/KEO Films/Tom Beard 

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

The BBC's docuseries exploring how the public, government officials and corporates are fuelling an unsustainable demand for plastics concluded last night (24 June). Here, edie highlights seven key lessons that the series can teach sustainability professionals.

Water-based inks are also used so that the bags can be recycled at home 

Boots switches to paper bags across UK stores

Boots has become the first UK national pharmacy, health and beauty retailer to phase-out single-use plastic bags, having today (24 June) switched to brown paper bags.

Toys from McDonald's will be in the spotlight this episode. Image: DocChewbacca https://www.flickr.com/photos/st3f4n/

BBC War on Plastic: How Happy Meal toys and pellet production are piling on to the waste mountain

The final instalment of the BBC's War On Plastic tonight (24 June) will highlight just how broken the linear economy is, as Anita focuses on the mountain of free plastic toys from places such as fast food restaurants, while Hugh learns how the plastic industry plans to increase production by 50%

(L-R): CWG's head of sustainability Martin Gettings; Refinitiv's head of sustainability Luke Manning; Morgan Stanley's vice president Dylan Bexley and Less Plastic's founder Amanda Keetley discuss the future of the war on plastics

Beyond 'token' items: What's next for London's war on plastics?

Some 18 months ago, Blue Planet 2 first aired, spurring an exponential growth in public action against plastics that has changed what business and policy leadership look like. But what's next on the road to an economy free from unnecessary plastics?

McDonald's sells 383 metric tonnes of plastic McFlurry lids every year 

McDonald's to phase out plastic salad containers and McFlurry lids

McDonald's UK & Ireland is set to remove the single-use plastic lids from its McFlurry items and switch to cardboard containers for its salad.

Aldi has pledged to ensure all packaging on its own-label is reusable, recyclable or compostable before 2022

Naked vegetables: Aldi extends plastic-free fresh produce trial to England

Aldi UK is extending a trial of removing plastic packaging from fresh vegetable lines to parts of England, after a pilot programme in Scotland reduced more than three tonnes of plastic.

HP announced a plethora of new goals in the 2018 report. Image: HP

HP unveils revised science-based targets, 100% renewables aim and 35% sustainable revenue growth

Revamped science-based targets, a 35% year-on-year growth in revenue through sustainable impact and commitments to source more recycled plastic content and 100% renewables have all been outlined in HP's latest sustainability report.

Pictured: The recycling room at Download festival 

Co-op to host reverse vending machines for plastic bottles at UK festivals

Co-op has confirmed plans to host reverse vending machines as part of a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles at seven UK festivals this summer, following successful trials last year.

The new Sprite bottles will be rolled out by September, with the SmartWater bottles to follow

Coca-Cola GB launches its first 100% recycled plastic bottles

Coca-Cola's Great Britain arm has launched its first fully recyclable plastic bottles made using 100% recycled PET (rPET), under its Glaceau Smartwater brand.

90% of the 11 billion wipes sold in the UK each year contain plastic content

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: 'Hidden' plastics placed in the spotlight

Episode two of the BBC's War on Plastic series on Tuesday night (17 June) saw presenters Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani take a deeper delve into the UK's plastics addiction, exposing invisible plastic particles from unexpected sources. Could this be the start of a war on microplastics?

Ocean waste is being tackled on both an international and national level, both through national policies and voluntary agreements 

G20 launch new framework for combating marine plastic pollution

Environment ministers representing the G20 block of nations have agreed to a new framework tackling ocean plastic waste.

One-third of the single-use plastic items found in the street sampled for the BBC show were for bathroom products 

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: How are companies tackling plastics in the bathroom?

Tonight's (17 June) episode of the BBC's War On Plastic will focus on single-use plastics in the bathroom, covering the stark environmental impacts of the packaging used for (and in) our toiletries and cosmetics. Here, edie explores what actions companies within those industries have taken to help solve the plastics puzzle.

Image credits: Canary Wharf Group and Eden Project Communities

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Net-zero announcements and plastic-free communities

Episode 65 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie's content editor Matt Mace and reporter Sarah George discuss net-zero legislation before introducing three exclusive interviews focused on resource efficiency with Canary Wharf Group, the Eden Project and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).

During a trip to Malaysia, Fearnley-Whittingstall found numerous pieces of plastic pollution which originated in UK supermarkets. Image: BBCBBC/KEO Films/Tom Beard 

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: Supermarkets brace for further backlash on packaging

During the first episode of the BBC's much-anticipated War on Plastic last night (10 June), presenters Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani shed fresh light on the UK's plastics waste problem - placing the so-called "Big Seven" supermarkets under increased scrutiny over their approach to packaging.

The initiative is undertaking 12 initial pilots of potential credit-issuing projects across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Pictured: A mangrove near Rio de Janeiro suffering from plastic pollution

Business giants launch plastics 'credit' scheme to tackle pollution

Danone, Veolia, Nestlé and Tetra Pak have jointly launched a global initiative aimed at standardising and accelerating corporate action on plastics, in a bid to help businesses align plastic reductions with economic and social sustainability.

Fujitsu is the fourth-largest IT services provider in the world 

Fujitsu to phase out plastic cups, straws, bottles and bags

Multinational IT equipment and services giant Fujitsu has unveiled a sweeping new set of plastics reduction pledges, covering bags, drinks bottles, cups, straws and other packaging.

The strategy was launched by MPs Steve Double (centre) and Geraint Davies (left)

Plastic pollution and global heating: Cross-party MPs unveil new strategy for ocean conservation

A coalition of MPs hailing from across the political spectrum have launched a new strategy detailing key policy actions they will take to champion ocean conservation, shortly after the Government's Marine Strategy was branded a "spectacular failure" by green groups.

The company owns brands such as 7UP, Schweppes and Green Mountain Coffee 

Keurig Dr Pepper sets sweeping new plastics packaging targets

US-based food and beverage giant Keurig Dr Pepper has committed to making 100% of its plastic packaging recyclable or compostable by 2025, as part of a new corporate responsibility strategy.

The announcement comes on the first anniversary of Canary Wharf Group's flagship 'Breaking the Plastic Habit' scheme

Canary Wharf becomes world's first plastic-free commercial centre

London's Canary Wharf has today (5 June) become the first commercial centre in the world to be awarded Plastic Free Community status by marine charity Surfers Against Sewage, one year after its managing body Canary Wharf Group launched its flagship plastic reduction scheme.

Loose items will be priced by weight during the trial 

Groceries 'Unpacked': Waitrose pilots packaging-free refill offering

Waitrose & Partners has started offering packaging-free refill options for hundreds of its own-brand lines, as part of a trial to gauge consumer appetite for container reuse and plastic-free sundries.

It does appear that we’re entering an era where a single lightning rod moment can spark global change

The Big Business Plastics Debate (Part Two): How can we create a 'ripple effect' of change?

In the second of our two-part feature from the Big Plastics Debate at edie Live 2019, we move the conversation on to explore how businesses and policymakers can harness the momentum of environmental campaigns and protests to drive a new 'social norm' around plastics.

Two expert panels discussions outlined how the debate on plastics has moved on from target setting to holistic action

The Big Business Plastics Debate (Part One): Are we throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

Over two days at edie Live 2019, sustainability and resource efficiency experts from across the country gathered for the Big Plastics Debate - a live, on-stage panel discussion about the drivers, challenges and opportunities behind eliminating single-use plastics. Here, we summarise the first part of what was a highly provocative discussion.

Talking single-use plastics with Lucy Siegle and Fiona Ball

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In the second episode, edie discusses plastics with author, broadcaster and ethical living journalist Lucy Siegle and Sky's head of inspirational business Fiona Ball.

The Pact has garnered the support of 127 organisations during its first year 

One year on: How has WRAP's UK Plastics Pact changed corporate approaches to single-use plastic?

Last April, a coalition of 42 businesses jointly committed to make unnecessary single-use plastic packaging "a thing of the past". Here, edie rounds up the impact that this commitment, made as part of WRAP's Plastic Pact, has had on resource management.

The items will be banned from sale next April

Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers to be banned in England

Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from next April, the UK Government has confirmed.

There's still time to register for a FREE pass to attend Day Two

Insight, inspiration and innovation continue into final day of edie Live 2019

Members of the UK's sustainability and energy management communities have descended upon the NEC in their thousands, with sessions at full capacity throughout the first day of edie Live 2019 and the action now set continue into the second and final day (22 May).

In some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, plastic collection rates are currently stagnating at less than 10%

Governments and businesses urged to collaboratively support recycling in developing nations

Amid what Sir David Attenborough has dubbed an "unfolding catastrophe" of plastic pollution in developing nations, urgent calls have been made for governments and finance firms to make collective and "significant investment" in circular economy systems across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

<p>This week's innovations could drive significant positive change across the agri-food, plastics and energy storage sectors </p>

Hydrogen storage 'sponges' and 'infinitely' recyclable plastic: The best green innovations of the week

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

The innovative material will be phased in across Unilever's TRESemme and Lynx brands by the end of the year

Unilever unveils 'detectable and recyclable' black plastic packaging

Consumer goods giant Unilever has today (17 May) unveiled a new pigment which makes black plastics detectable by recycling equipment, as it strives to boost the recyclability of its packaging portfolio.

<p>Waitrose & Partners has a 2025 goal of making all its own-brand packaging is either recyclable, reusable or home compostable</p>

Bioreefs and plastic-free periods: Waitrose announces winners of £1m plastic challenge

A "bioreef" of mussels, an initiative that tackles ghost fishing gear and a behaviour change campaign that reduces plastic pollution from period products are among the winners of Waitrose & Partners' £1m plastic pollution innovation challenge.

<p>To date, P&G has ensured that 86% of its product packaging is either recyclable or that programmes are in place to create the ability to recycle it</p>

Inside P&G's plastics packaging strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble's principal scientist and packaging technologist, Gian De Belder, has outlined the company's five-pillar approach to improving the recyclability of its packaging through science-based studies and "Holy Grail" collaborative projects.

<p>WWF is hoping to get 100 companies to join the scheme.  Image: Steve Morgan at WWF UK</p>

Business giants join new WWF-led scheme to boost plastics action

Starbucks, The Coca-Cola Company and McDonald's are among a coalition of corporates to have joined a new scheme aimed at helping businesses to translate their plastic reduction pledges into measurable impacts.

<p>At least 2 billion people around the world do not have their rubbish collected</p>

Report: Mismanaged waste 'kills up to a million people a year globally'

Mismanaged waste is causing hundreds of thousands of people to die each year in the developing world from easily preventable causes, and plastic waste is adding a new and dangerous dimension to the problem, a report has found.

<p>230 of The Body Shop's UK stores are covered by the scheme</p>

The Body Shop launches in-store take-back scheme for plastic packaging

Health and beauty retailer The Body Shop has launched a multinational take-back scheme for its plastic packaging, after consumers voiced concerns that not all of the brand's packaging is accepted by local authorities under kerbside recycling schemes.

The US reportedly opposed deal, which follows concerns that villages in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia have ‘turned into dumpsites’

Nearly all countries agree to stem flow of plastic waste into poor nations

Almost all the world's countries have agreed on a deal aimed at restricting shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries, the United Nations (UN) announced on Friday.

Recycling reward machines, which give users discount vouchers for depositing their empty packaging, have proven popular in Leeds

Hubbub to roll out 'on-the-go' recycling scheme to Scotland and Wales

Environmental charity Hubbub is planning to launch its behaviour change scheme for recycling 'on-the-go' food and drinks packaging, backed by companies such as Coca-Cola GB, Costa Coffee and McDonald's, in Wales and Scotland this year, following success in Leeds.

Historically, TerraCycle had approached its vision to 'eliminate the concept of waste' through recycling solutions alone

TerraCycle: Recycling alone won't tackle 'root cause' of plastics waste crisis

EXCLUSIVE: Despite creating a business model built on offerings of recycling solutions to solving the world's plastic pollution crisis, TerraCycle's general manager for Europe claims it will only ever form part of any closed-loop system.

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

Etihad's plastic-free flight and Uber's public transport push: The sustainability success stories of the week

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

Black plastic is widely regarded as hard-to-recycle

Sainsbury's to remove black plastic packaging by March 2020

Supermarket Sainsbury's has committed to remove all black plastic packaging from its own-brand products by March 2020, as part of a sweeping new set of plastic reduction pledges.

Take a look at April's top stories, as picked by the edie editorial team

Extinction Rebellion, SDG Spotlights and seaweed sachets: Top 10 sustainability stories of April 2019

April 2019 may well go down as a defining month in the ongoing battle to halt, and ultimately reverse climate change. Global climate strikes led by school children paved the way for the Extinction Rebellion protests to capture the interests of the UK public.

The beverage firms have joined L'Oreal in pledging to support bringing Carbios' technology to scale

Beverage giants to help scale up world's first enzyme-based plastics recycling technology

Soft drinks giants PepsiCo, Nestle Waters and Lucozade Ribena Suntory's (LRS) parent brand Suntory Beverage & Food Europe have thrown their support behind a new plastics recycling technology which uses enzymes to process waste.

edie Explains: The circular economy

This new and updated edie Explains guide breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a circular economy for your business.

These surveys explore the changing attitudes of shoppers and SMEs to the plastic pollution problem

In numbers: How businesses and consumers are adapting to the war on plastic

Plastics is a sustainability topic that rarely dies down and the past few weeks were no different. Here, edie rounds up the key findings of several new surveys on attitudes to plastics, capturing the changing opinions of businesses and consumers alike.

The commitment builds on CCA's recent elimination of plastic straws and stirrers across its Australian market

Australia's largest Coca-Cola bottler to launch 100% recycled plastic bottles this year

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has pledged to double the amount of recycled plastic it sources for inclusion in plastic bottle production, after green campaigners criticised parent firm The Coca-Cola Company for its continued use of high quantities of virgin plastics.

The packaging for each five-litre refill contains 66% less plastic than a 1.5-litre Evian bottle

Evian unveils refillable device in bid to slash plastic waste

French bottled water company Evian is set to begin trials of a new refillable in-home water appliance next month, in a bid to gauge consumer appetite for lower-plastic alternatives to single-use bottles.

Diageo will source 100% of the pulp used to make the new packaging from suppliers certified as sustainable

Diageo to remove plastic packaging from Guinness and beer multipacks

Beverage giant Diageo has today (15 April) revealed that it is investing £16m in an initiative which will see all plastic packaging removed from its Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp multipacks.

LRS's first trial of plastic-free seaweed sachets last year proved to be a success

How Lucozade's seaweed sachet trials are spurring lasting behavior change around plastics

EXCLUSIVE: Following a successful pilot at two races last summer, Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) last week confirmed that it will hand out 30,000 drinks in edible seaweed sachets at this year's London Marathon. But will these events generate lasting changes to consumer behaviour surrounding plastics?

An artist's impression of the plant. Image: Peel Environmental

Plans to build UK's first plastic-to-hydrogen recycling plant unveiled

Energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity has revealed plans to develop the UK's first industrial-scale facility capable of converting waste plastics into hydrogen in Cheshire.

Pushing back on plastic pollution: Six steps to tackling one of sustainability’s biggest issues

When it comes to tackling the global plastics crisis, we are only just scratching the surface. However, ambitious change initiatives are emerging and plastics is firmly in the public eye.

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

Budweiser's plastic football pitch and Arval's EV chargers: the sustainability success stories of the week

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

Consumers can send up to 15 food pouches to TerraCycle at a time

Asda, TerraCycle and Ella's Kitchen launch baby food pouch recycling scheme

Recycling firm TerraCycle and baby food brand Ella's Kitchen have a launched a six-month trial partnership with Asda to increase the recyclability of baby food pouches.

Waste streams for recycling will be collected from 10 stores across Swindon and Bristol

Tesco to trial plastic-to-oil innovation which makes all packaging 'recyclable'

Supermarket giant Tesco has inked a deal with Swindon-based recycling firm Recycling Technologies, which will see the retailer trial an innovative system that converts soft plastics back into oil.

Unilever has been incorporating recycled plastics into its packaging since 2013

Unilever launches 100% recycled and recyclable washing up liquid bottle

Unilever has launched a fully recyclable plastic bottle made from 100% recycled content under its soap brand Sunlight, marking a first for the consumer goods firm's South African arm.

The directive will target items such as straws, stirrers and cotton buds, as well as polystyrene cups and oxo-degradable plastics

European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics

The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans.

The bottles will have a shorter and more transparent outer sleeve

Ribena bottles to be redesigned in bid to boost recycling rates

Beverage giant Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) has unveiled plans to redesign its range of Ribena bottles so that they can be easily recycled within the UK's existing waste management facilities.

Plastics recycling rates across Sub-Saharan Africa are currently less than 10%

Big-name corporates collaborate to spur plastics recycling progress in Africa

A group of four multinational corporations – Unilever, Nestle, Diageo and The Coca-Cola Company – have launched a joint initiative aimed at expanding the plastics recycling economy in Africa's Sub-Saharan region.

he Asda-owned brand will also look into microfibre shedding

George at Asda to use recycled plastic bottles in clothing and homeware ranges

Asda's fashion and homeware brand, George, will incorporate recycled plastic bottles in its products, as part of a commitment to only use polyester made from recycled materials by 2025.

Tesco is the latest supermarket to trial packaging-free fresh produce in a bid to cut back on plastic waste

Tesco trials plastic-free fruit and veg selection

Supermarket Tesco is trialling packaging-free fresh produce at two stores in Watford and Swindon, in a bid to monitor whether the remove of plastic packaging for select products will impact levels of food waste.

The ghost gear issue from fishing has been described as a

Progress to tackle fishing 'ghost gear' missing best-practice leadership, report claims

Progress has been made on discarded and abandoned fishing gear in the world's oceans, but more needs to be done on the issue, a new report has been suggested.

It’s time to turn off the tap

Greenpeace recently tweeted, 'If your bath was overflowing you wouldn't immediately reach for the mop - you'd turn off the tap'. In this instance, they were referring to the spiralling impact of single-use plastics but in truth, this statement holds true for pretty much any type of waste, as Richard Gillies explains.

The phase-out will cover all of Aldi's UK and Ireland stores

Aldi targets plastic glitter phase-out by 2020

Supermarket chain Aldi has pledged to remove plastic glitter from 100% of its own-brand products by 2020, starting with its Halloween 2019 range.

The initiative is due to launch in May and will accept packaging from any drinks brand or packaging producer

UK's first nationwide recycling scheme for plastic six pack rings unveiled

Plastic six pack ring producer Hi-Cone has partnered with recycling firm TerraCycle to launch the UK's first national recycling scheme for the packaging.

Under the scheme, packaging from all crisp brands are accepted for reprocessing

Walkers collects 500,000 crisp packets in recycling scheme

Walkers has posted the first update on its nationwide crisp packet recycling scheme, revealing that more than 500,000 packets have been collected since its launch in December 2018.

The trial scheme launched today (18 March) and will run for six weeks

Aldi removes plastic packaging from fresh vegetable lines

Aldi has removed the flexible plastic wrapping from five of its fresh vegetable lines in its Scottish stores, in a bid to explore consumer attitudes to loose produce.

The commitment is being supported by investors, non-profit organisations and national governments as well as business

Business giants unveil new plastics pledges after joining global Ellen MacArthur Foundation commitment

A coalition of more than 150 businesses has revealed new pledges to reduce their plastics use and waste, after joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's new Global Commitment, which was launched late last year.

Post-consumer plastic recycled using traditional methods (left) and using PureCycle's process (right)

Nestlé backs P&G's closed-loop solution for plastics

Food and beverage giant Nestlé has partnered with the developer of Procter & Gamble's (P&G) plastics innovation concept, in a bid to bring an emerging technology which restores recycled plastic streams to 'near-virgin' quality to market.

The funding will be bolstered by contributions by other governments, waste management firms and big-name corporates such as Unilever

UK doubles aid support for plastic recycling in developing nations

The UK has doubled the amount of financial aid it will send to developing nations to help combat plastic pollution and boost plastic recycling rates overseas.

From trend report to meaningful action: How can we use insight to drive change?

We're fast approaching a decade that's set to be extremely turbulent, one that's threatening great uncertainty and volatility. As we hit the 2020s, the window of opportunity to create a sustainable world - one in which everyone, everywhere can lead fulfilling lives on a healthy planet - is narrower and more challenging than ever before.

Lidl will assess the trial’s environmental impact and also the response of customers prior to making any final decision on the scheme

Lidl to trial removal of all plastic bags at Welsh stores

Plans have been announced by supermarket retailer Lidl to remove all 9p plastic bags from its stores in Wales.

A collection of KP packaging with the pellets made out of the packaging waste

KP launches national snack packaging recycle scheme

A national recycling scheme for prepacked nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels has been launched by KP Snacks.

The oceans are suffering from biodiversity loss, plastic pollution and rising temperatures

Manmade coral reefs and Seabins: The best green innovations to mark the World Ocean Summit

As delegates head back from a three-day World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, edie has pulled together six of the best innovations that can improve the health of the world's oceans.

Energy Leaders Club members can choose from three topics to solve: Changing energy behaviours and driving engagement; Unlocking energy innovations; and achieving energy self-sufficiency

Co-creating energy solutions: edie to take 'Design Sprint' format for next Club event

Following in the footsteps of a series of sustainability ‘thinkathons’ at recent events, edie will be utilising a ‘Design Sprint’ process to solve business-critical energy challenges at a free event for senior energy managers next month.

Global plastic production, pollution and incineration is set to continue rising despite corporate action, WWF has found

Corporates yet to take responsibility for role in the plastics crisis, report warns

Despite a fresh wave of commitments from corporates to reduce their plastic footprint or ban certain single-use items, the wider business community is still failing to accept responsibility for the plastic pollution it produces by placing the onus on consumers.

Between eight and 12 million tonnes of plastic is believed to seep into the oceans each year

Sky partners with Ambienta to spur corporate funding for projects tackling ocean plastic

Broadcaster Sky's Ocean Ventures arm has forged a partnership with European investment fund Ambienta to help drive investment into projects targeting plastic pollution across all levels of the value chain.

The report argues that megatrends such as population growth and migration have caused a

Plastics and biodiversity: Forum for the Future spotlights sustainability's biggest challenges

Global non-profit Forum for the Future has named plastic pollution and biodiversity loss as two of the "fundamental" sustainability challenges of the 2020s, arguing that governments and corporates have not yet adopted holistic, long-term solutions to these issues.

The bottle consists of 100% recycled material and is, in turn, 100% recyclable

SC Johnson launches industry-first 100% ocean plastic bottle

Home cleaning product manufacturer SC Johnson has developed the industry's first plastic bottle made entirely from recycled ocean plastic for its Windex cleaning brand.

The SRA is calling on hospitality firms to bolster their climate, plastic and meat-reduction actions

Hospitality trade urged to step up to the plate on climate action

Foodservice firms across the country have been called upon to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change, through a new report by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

Scientists say it is likely no marine ecosystems are left that are not affected by pollution

World's deepest waters becoming 'ultimate sink' for plastic waste

The world's deepest ocean trenches are becoming "the ultimate sink" for plastic waste, according to a study that reveals contamination of animals even in these dark, remote regions of the planet.

The UK is estimated to send more than one million tonnes of black plastics to landfill every year

Closed-loop solution for black plastics receives £800,000 Government backing

A project aimed at creating a solution for hard-to-recycle black plastic that places recycled content into food-grade packaging has been awarded £800,000 under the UK Government's Innovate UK grant scheme, in order to bring the technology to market.

Iceland has set the prices of all loose product lines to be lower than those of their pre-packaged equivalents

Iceland removes plastic packaging from fresh produce lines in 'greengrocer' scheme

Supermarket Iceland is trialing the removal of plastic packaging from its fruit and vegetable lines at one of its largest UK stores, in a bid to gauge whether consumers are willing to buy loose produce.

The first reading of the bill will take place today (25 February), with a second reading earmarked for 15 March

Cross-party MPs back call for nationwide ban on single-use plastics by 2025

A group of MPs from across the political spectrum have given their backing to a new draft bill on plastic pollution, which calls for all "non-essential" single-use plastics to be banned across the UK by 2025.

Between $80bn and $120bn is lost from the global economy every year due to a non-circular system for plastic packaging

Business giants team up to combat plastic pollution 'leaks'

Adidas, Dow Chemical Company and McDonald's are among the 18 big-name businesses to have co-founded a new alliance aimed at creating frameworks to measure, map and reduce plastic and microplastic pollution across the globe.

edie reporter Sarah George explores how Thinkathons could help corporates harness creative minds to tackle the plastics crisis

edie's Plastics Thinkathon results (Part Two): Solving the behaviour change challenge

With businesses continuing to develop plastic-reduction strategies in the face of ever-growing stakeholder pressure, edie recently hosted the world's first 'Plastics Thinkathon' to co-create scalable solutions to the issue. In the final part of this feature, Sarah George reveals the results to tackling behaviour change.

Community groups are encouraged to reach out to the organisations to create new recycling points

Hovis launches nationwide bread bag recycling scheme

British bread brand Hovis has announced a new partnership with recycling specialist TerraCycle to make it easier for its fully recyclable plastic bread bags to be correctly disposed of by households.

edie reporter Sarah George explores how Thinkathons could help corporates harness creative minds to tackle the plastics crisis

edie's Plastics Thinkathon results (Part One): The Lazy Lunch and shampoo bars

With businesses continuing to make plastic-reduction pledges in the face of ever-growing stakeholder pressure, edie recently hosted the world's first 'Plastics Thinkathon' to co-create scalable solutions to the issue. In this two-part feature, Sarah George reveals the potentially game-changing results.

The government is exploring two variants of the deposit return system

All in or on-the-go?: Green economy reacts to Defra's deposit return scheme vision

The consultation on the UK's waste management process has sparked new debates on standardised waste collections and the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regime. But the green economy wants to go "all in" on deposit return systems.

The Government estimates that an overhaul to the EPR system will raise between £800m and £1bn annually for recycling and disposal

Government unveils deposit return scheme blueprints as part of waste management revamp

The UK Government has launched a 12-week consultation to explore how a "world-leading" tax on plastic packaging, standardised waste collections across the country and varying deposit return schemes for single-use items could overhaul and modernise the national waste management system.

edie rounds up the key facts outlined in the IPPR's 'this is a crisis' report

#ThisIsACrisis: 7 harsh realities of the global climate crisis

As humanity's negative impacts on the planet continue to grow, a new landmark report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is warning that the time period we have left to avert an "age of environmental breakdown" is growing rapidly smaller. Here, edie rounds up seven of the report's key findings.

Lord Deben is one of the 12 policy leaders to have given his backing to Policy Connect's new report

Lord Deben: Closed-loop plastic system 'perfectly possible' with revamped policy

Measures outlined in the Resources and Waste Strategy (RWS) could spur progress towards a “completely circular economy” for plastics by forcing businesses to reexamine "vested interests" and financial incentives, the Committee on Climate Change Chairman Lord Deben has argued.

UK recycling rates for plastic packaging have stagnated at between 38% and 45% for several years

Plastic budgets: Climate Change Act model could solve UK plastics crisis, MPs claim

Ahead of the Government's Resources and Waste Strategy (RWS) consultations, MPs are calling for the "urgent" introduction plastic waste legislation which follows the framework of the Climate Change Act, setting ever-stricter and legally binding recycling targets.

The 10 bins at Marylebone Station are anticipated to collect 300,000 coffee cups annually

Chiltern Railways rolls out coffee cup recycling scheme across all its stations

Train operator Chiltern Railways has rolled out a coffee cup recycling scheme across its entire estate of 32 UK stations, after forging a partnership with waste solutions provider Simply Cups.

More than 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year

Sky and National Geographic launch Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge

Broadcaster Sky has launched a one-year competition alongside National Geographic to uncover and support new solutions that can help tackle single-use plastics through a $1.5m (£1.1m) investment fund.

The plastic recycling system in the UK has been in the spotlight since China banned imports of plastic

Plastic waste: UK should not pass buck to world's poorest, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs is calling for a ban on the export of plastic waste over concerns the UK is passing the buck to the world's poorest people to clean up its rubbish.

Recycling rates at St Pancras have increased from 26% the year before to 79%

Eurostar turns to phase-outs and recycled content to lower plastics footprint

High-speed rail service Eurostar will phase-out plastic water bottles from its business lounges during 2019, in a move that will reduce the organisation's plastics footprint by more than 100,000 bottles annually.

Back in 2016, only 50 pairs of prototype UltraBOOST trainers were available

Adidas to double production of ocean plastic trainers in 2019

Sportswear giant Adidas has confirmed that it will produce more than twice as many pairs of trainers made using ocean plastic this year than it did in 2018, as consumer demand for products and packaging free from virgin plastic grows.

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Shell's green energy plan and edie's Plastics Hub: The sustainability success stories of January 2019

As the first month of 2019 comes to a close, edie rounds up some of the most-read sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from the past 31 days - from Shell's decision to boost its investment in low-carbon technologies, to the launch of edie's own Mission Possible Plastics Hub.

The first eight bins, which are made from recycled plastic, were installed on Monday (28 January)

M&S rolls out in-store take-back scheme for hard-to-recycle plastics

Retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has pledged to install take-back bins for hard-to-recycle plastics across the UK by the end of the year, after launching a new plastics recycling scheme this week.

The commitment will cover all of Ben & Jerry's 600+ scoop shops

Ben & Jerry's pledges to ban all single-use plastics by 2020

Ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's has pledged to remove all single-use plastic items and packaging from its products and stores by the end of 2020, replacing them with biodegradable or compostable alternatives.

Phone, tablet and smartwatch trays will be made from pulp-based alternatives

Samsung to remove all virgin plastic from consumer-facing packaging

South Korean technology firm Samsung has pledged to phase out all virgin plastic components from its consumer-facing packaging lines within the first half of 2019.


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