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Pictured: Inside Newlife stores' shop in Moreton, Merseyside. Image: Newlife stores

'Pre-cycling': Closed-loop scheme for surplus fashion stock grows

The number of high-street fashion giants to have entered an agreement to sell their end-of-line surplus stock through a third party at a discount, in order to benefit charity, has reportedly grown this year.

The new packaging is recyclable at kerbside and compostable. Image: Heineken UK

Heineken to eliminate shrinkwrap and plastic rings from multipacks sold in the UK

Heineken has today (7 November) announced plans to remove all plastic shrinkwrap and rings from multipacks of beer and cider sold in the UK by the end of 2021.

The average lithium-ion EV battery has a lifespan of 15-20 years. Image: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

EV batteries could be 'huge waste mountain of the future', researchers warn

The development and industrialisation of recycling technologies for end-of-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries is currently being outpaced by a boom of EV uptake, paving the way for a "huge waste management problem" in decades to come.

 7.1 million tonnes of food is wasted in UK homes every year, according to WRAP

WRAP: Supermarkets must combat £14.9bn of food wasted in homes annually

WRAP has urged major food retailers to improve their packaging and make labelling less confusing for UK customers, who last year binned £14.9bn worth of groceries at home.

Sky launched Ocean Rescue in 2017 and has since engaged more than 33 million people with its #PassOnPlastic social media campaign. Image: Sky

Sky debuts plastic-free café as part of Ocean Rescue campaign

Media giant Sky has today (4 November) opened a plastic-free café at its headquarters in Brentford, as it strives to remove all single-use plastics from its products and operations by 2020.

Aldi currently distributes 133 tonnes of single-use plastic produce bags in the UK and Ireland annually. Image: Aldi

Aldi to trial reusable fruit and vegetable bags

Aldi will introduce reusable bags for loose fruit and vegetables at more than 250 UK stores by the end of the month, in a drive to reduce single-use plastics.

The retailer claims that the removal of 5p carrier bags alone could save five tonnes of plastic annually, if scaled up nationally. Image: John Lewis & Partners.

John Lewis trials swathe of new recycling and reuse offerings

John Lewis & Partners has launched a string of seven new initiatives aimed at helping customers to reuse packaging and recycle items which are not currently collected by most domestic kerbside services.

Loop will enable UK customers to buy refillable products online and have them delivered in reusable containers. Image: TerraCycle

Sky backs TerraCycle's 'zero-waste' refill platform with £1.5m investment

Media giant Sky's Ocean Ventures investment arm has committed $2m (£1.56m) to TerraCycle's Loop platform - an offering whereby businesses provide product refills to consumers while retaining ownership of their reusable packaging.

Asda has removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic packaging from its own-brand lines to date. Image: Elliott Brown

Asda brings recycled plastic target forward five years

Asda has brought the deadline for its target of ensuring that 30% of plastics used in packaging comes from recycled feedstocks, originally set for 2025, forward to 2020.

TerraCycle's approach to its mission to "eliminate the idea of waste" has evolved past "recycling the non-recyclable", according to Szaky

TerraCycle: The global refill revolution is here to stay

EXCLUSIVE: With consumer concerns around plastics and climate change skyrocketing, brands are increasingly betting on reuse and refill models to minimise both carbon and waste, TerraCycle's chief executive officer Tom Szaky has revealed.

Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace have welcomed the move but claimed it was "a shame" it could not happen sooner. Image: John Lewis & Partners 

John Lewis ditches plastic Christmas cracker toys

John Lewis & Partners has pledged not to sell Christmas crackers with plastic toys inside after the 2019 festive season.

The new PCR bottles will be rolled out across Dove's original range, plus its Baby and Men+ products. Image: Dove

Dove unveils plastic-free beauty bar packaging and 100% recycled plastic bottles

Dove has committed to removing all non-recycled plastic from certain bottle lines by the end of the year and debuted a new, plastic-free packaging format for its beauty bar soap.

The proposed tax would apply to all kinds of plastics produced by corporates in all sectors

'Broad support' for EU-wide plastic tax

A European tax on plastic waste is gaining momentum as a way to bring new sources of revenue to the EU budget as leaders prepare for a two-day summit in Brussels beginning today (17 October).

Adidas of any condition will be accepted - but they have to have been purchased in the UK within the past five years. Image: LWARB

Infinite Play: Adidas launches buy-back platform to combat fashion waste

Sportswear giant Adidas has launched a new circular economy service, whereby consumers can trade-in used or unwanted sportswear for rewards.

Gutowski will appear at day one (4 February) of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020, to deliver a workshop on developing circular economy business models which engage all stakeholders

Pret-A-Manger: We can't greenwash our way out of the war on plastics

EXCLUSIVE: As consumers continue to push hard for food-to-go brands like Pret-A-Manger to ditch plastic packaging altogether, the firm's global director of strategy & sustainability has urged the sector to avoid "over-simplified" announcements or token phase-outs.

Waitrose & Partners has calculated that the switch will mitigate the use of 18 tonnes of plastics annually. Image: Waitrose & Partners

Waitrose ditches plastic shrinkwrap for can multipacks

Waitrose & Partners has removed the plastic wrap from several of its best-selling multipacks of canned products, after consumers branded it "unnecessary".

TerraCycle has partnered with PZ Cussons to develop a recycling scheme for the refill pouches. 

PZ Cussons launches hand wash refills to slash plastics packaging

Healthcare and consumer goods giant PZ Cussons has launched its first hand wash refill offering, as it strives to reduce the amount of plastics used in its packaging by 25% by 2025.

In 2018, more than 200 million single-use plastic items were used across NHS England's catering operations. Image: NHS Forth Valley. 

NHS vows to halve single-use plastic from catering

NHS England has pledged to halve the number of plastic items it uses in catering operations each year, in a move which will remove 100 million single-use plastic items from circulation annually.

Mainland Europe is one of the world's largest coffee-to-go markets, accounting for 30% of all annual sales globally

DS Smith to expand coffee cup recycling scheme following UK success

British packaging giant DS Smith has confirmed plans to launch its coffee cup recycling scheme in the Netherlands, following its success in the UK.

The bags will be rolled out across selected knitwear lines this month. Image: Finisterre 

Finisterre to switch from plastic bags to 'water-soluble' biodegradable alternative

Outdoor clothing brand Finisterre is set to achieve its ambition of eliminating all plastics packaging which is neither reusable nor biodegradable, after investing in bags which naturally break down in soil and in water.

Burberry believes that keeping its products in use longer will play a key role in reducing its end-to-end carbon emissions. Image: Burberry 

Burberry forges resale partnership in bid to 'make fashion circular'

Luxury brand Burberry has signed a partnership to sell its second-hand products through consignment marketplace The RealReal in the US.

The majority of e-waste generated globally is unaccounted for, seeping into regions such as Agbogbloshie slums of Ghana (pictured)

E-waste: Can businesses solve the world's fastest-growing domestic waste stream?

edie reporter Sarah George places the world's fastest-growing domestic waste stream, e-waste, under the microscope, and investigates how businesses are tackling the global phenomenon.

edie rounds up the key findings of three recent surveys on green behaviour change

In numbers: What's stopping people from switching to 'greener' habits?

The 20 September climate strikes were the largest to date, undeniably proving that public attitudes to sustainability are shifting substantially. But, as a number of new surveys has highlighted, barriers to some "green" behavioural changes remain.

Turning the Resources and Waste Strategy from ambition into action

Now the industry has had time to reflect on the Resources & Waste Strategy, the consensus seems to be that it is pretty fair and addresses most of the major issues. While much detail is yet to be painted, the Strategy undoubtably provides welcome clarity on the direction of travel.

Businesses disclosing data to WRAP have, on average, reduced their food waste footprint 7% year-on-year

UK business giants mitigate 53,000 tonnes of food waste

WRAP has today (24 September) revealed that 121 of the UK's biggest food businesses are now providing evidence of their efforts to halve food waste by 2030, in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The company claims the switch will have "a significant impact in reducing plastic from supermarket beer shelves". Image: AB Inbev 

Budweiser to eliminate plastic six-pack rings from UK packaging portfolio

Budweiser Brewing Group UK and Ireland has vowed to remove all plastic rings from its multipacks by the end of 2020, replacing them with paperboard 'clips' and boxes.

Burger King is approaching the phase-out with a take-back scheme, while McDonald's believes giving customers a choice is the best approach. Image: JKR

McDonald's, Burger King, begin phasing out plastic toys from kids' meals

Burger King has confirmed that it will no longer offer plastic toys with its King Junior Meals, in the same week that McDonald's has begun offering children the chance to swap their Happy Meal toys for a bag of fruit.

Selfridges believes the pop-up supports its vision of a department store being "=a social centre, not merely a place for shopping". Image: Selfridges 

Second-hand September: Selfridges hosts clothing resale pop-up

Luxury department store Selfridges is showcasing second-hand clothing at its flagship store as part of a collaboration with resale platform Depop.

Greenpeace had been campaigning for supermarkets such as Sainsbury's to introduce refillable packaging. Image: Sainsbury's 

Sainsbury's to launch refillable lines in bid to halve plastics packaging

Sainsbury's has confirmed that it will launch refillable versions of products such as milk and fizzy drinks in the coming years, as it strives to halve the amount of plastics it uses for packaging by 2025.

Suntory pledges '100% sustainable' plastics packaging across Europe by 2030

Beverage giant Suntory has pledged to eliminate virgin fossil-fuel-based plastics from its packaging portfolio across Europe by 2030.

The findings act as a snapshot of the public's plastic-related wants and needs 

In numbers: The UK public's attitudes to plastics recycling

Two new surveys have this week revealed the public's attitudes towards plastic recycling, covering an array of issues from foreign exports to shopping habits. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

The winning projects are aiming to minimise the 7.8 million coffee cups which are landfilled or incinerated in the UK every day. Image: Hubbub

#InTheLoop: Hubbub and Starbucks invest in circular economy for coffee cups

As part of its partnership with Starbucks, environmental charity Hubbub has this week awarded funding to a string of projects aimed at creating a circular economy for coffee cups.

Asda pilots plastic-free innovation in fight against food waste

Asda is trialling an innovative new material which could help mitigate the need for plastic food packaging, without leading to an increase in food waste.

The move will apply to Ariel and Lenor packaging. Image: P&G

P&G to up use of post-consumer recycled plastic in packaging

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has committed to increase the amount of recycled plastic used in packaging for its fabric care brands Ariel and Lenor.

The pop-up will open daily until September 30. Image: Asda

Asda forays into second-hand clothing market

Asda is trialling its first second-hand clothing offering in the hopes of gauging consumer attitudes to a more circular fashion economy.

The project is being backed by Innovate UK, which supported the 18-month upcycling process

Veolia upcycles two end-of-life diesel vehicles with electric engines

Resource management firm Veolia is set to trial two electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCV) in Westminster, after 'upcycling' old diesel vehicles that were approaching the end of their life.

More than 160,000 revellers head to Reading & Leeds festivals every year. Image: Leeds Festival

Reading & Leeds festivals pledge to go plastic-free

The organiser of large-scale UK music festivals Reading and Leeds has committed to making both events free from single-use plastics by 2021.

The reverse vending machines offer users a 10p discount coupon for every plastic bottle inserted

Iceland collects more than one million plastic bottles in reverse vending scheme

Iceland has captured and recycled more than one million plastic drinks bottles since it began offering reverse vending last May, the supermarket revealed today (22 August).

Tesco has already set goals to remove non-recyclable plastics from its own-brand lines by the end of 2019, and to halve own-brand packaging by weight against a 2007 baseline by 2025. Image: Tesco

Tesco boss: We'll delist brands that use excessive plastic packaging

Tesco's chief executive Dave Lewis has vowed to end contracts with third-party brands which use excessive and non-recyclable plastic packaging.

Amazon's 'bubble-lined plastic bags' are not recyclable through kerbside collections in the UK

Amazon under fire for new packaging that cannot be recycled

Amazon has been criticised by environmental groups and customers after introducing a range of plastic packaging that cannot be recycled in the UK.

The UK's peatlands currently embody around 3.2 billion tonnes of carbon - the equivalent of nine years' of national emissions 

UK must ban peat use to reach net-zero, Veolia argues

Veolia has urged the UK Government to implement a ban on the destruction of peatlands for compost, arguing that such a policy will be necessary to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The new packaging formats include recyclable aluminium cans, bottles made using bioplastics and recycled PET, and a packaging-free dispenser option. Image: Dasani 

Coca-Cola unveils 'largest sustainability initiative' to date for water packaging

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled a string of updates to the packaging used across its Dasani water brand, in a bid to minimise its plastic footprint.

Molson Coors is the world's third-largest brewer and owns brands such as Carling, Cobra and Blue Moon. Image: Molson Coors

Molson Coors unveils 1.5C science-based targets, new sustainable packaging goals

Molson Coors has today (12 August) published its new sustainability report, revealing that its new emissions targets have been approved in line with a 1.5C trajectory by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

Ikea serves more than 650 million diners globally every year, many of whom will opt for food or drink in to-go packaging. Image: Ikea

Ikea to begin removing plastic disposables from restaurants globally

Ikea has unveiled a new range of plastic-free disposable food service products, which will enable it to begin removing single-use-plastics from its food outlets from September.

UK Resources & Waste Strategy: A blueprint for business leadership

This edie insight guide provides sustainability and environmental professionals with a detailed breakdown of all of the key elements of the UK Government's Resources and Waste Strategy, and what they mean for business.

The two chains have collectively added 128 stations to the Refill map

Itsu and Cook join water bottle refill scheme

Sushi chain Itsu and gourmet food retailer Cook have become the latest firms to join City to Sea's Refill campaign, aimed at reducing the public's reliance on single-use plastic water bottles.

The funding pot is being jointly contributed to by Sky and the Government's Innovate UK arm

Biodegradable bottles and plastic-free microbeads: The 10 innovations backed by Sky Ocean Ventures

Sky's Ocean Ventures arm has selected 10 innovations - all designed to combat marine plastics pollution - to receive a share of a £6m impact investment fund.

Steaks in the new packaging went on sale on Friday (9 August)

Aldi begins removing plastic packaging from meat lines

Aldi is trialling cardboard trays to replace the plastic trays usually used to house its steaks, in a move which will cut its annual plastic output by 240 tonnes.

Lidl has described its "Green Bags" as an "affordable, reusable alternative" to single-use small fruit and vegetable bags. Image: Lidl UK

Lidl rolls out reusable produce bags to cut plastics

Lidl has begun selling reusable bags for consumers to put their loose fruit and vegetables in, in what the firm claims is a first for a UK supermarket.

Unilever is targeting the inclusion of at least 25% recycled content across its plastics packaging portfolio by 2025. Image: Unilever

Unilever launches recycled plastic Magnum tubs

Unilever has debuted a new Magnum ice-cream tub made using 25% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic content.

(L-R) Presenter David Taylor Smith, chief executive PHS, Canary Wharf Group team and compere Michaela Strachan

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Waste Management - Canary Wharf Group

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Waste Management & Resource Efficiency Award, Canary Wharf Group (CWG).

The first of Tesco's plastic-glitter-free festive plants will go on sale in November 

Tesco begins plastic glitter phase-out

Tesco has confirmed that it will remove plastic glitter from its Christmas trees, plants and flowers before the 2019 festive season begins.

The 5p charge has been widely attributed to a drop in plastic bag pollution on UK coastlines 

Four years on: How have supermarkets responded to the 5p plastic bag charge?

The UK Government published its annual figures on single-use plastic bag sales last week, revealing that distribution by large retailers has fallen 90% since the 5p charge was introduced. But exactly what role have supermarkets played in that transition?

The innovative material will be used to make some of Burberry's most recognisable designs. Image: Burberry

Burberry debuts closed-loop clothing made using 'ghost nets'

Luxury fashion house Burberry has revealed designs for a new capsule collection made using recycled nylon, woven from plastic fibres recovered from discarded fishing nets.

Refillable containers will be showcased alongside products at the participating stores. Image: Waitrose & Partners

Waitrose to extend plastic-busting refill scheme

Waitrose & Partners is set to extend its 'Unpacked' offering of packaging-free, refillable products, following a successful trial of the concept at its Botley Road store in Oxford.

PepsiCo this year joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundations’ New Plastic Economy pledge

PepsiCo leaves plastics lobby group after green campaign pressure

PepsiCo has announced its exit from the PLASTICS Industry Association - a trade lobby group with pro-plastics sentiments.

M&S has 23 Market Place counters across the UK, all located in busy town and city centres. Image: M&S

M&S launches reusable container discounts to cut plastics waste

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has this week launched a discount scheme to incentivise the use of reusable containers at its in-store Market Place counters.

Humanity currently uses 1.75 Earths' worth of resources annually - which could rise to two Earths' worth by 2030 if businesses, governments and individuals don't make radical circular economy shifts 

Earth Overshoot: Seven top tips for making your business 'one-planet compatible'

Held to mark Earth Overshoot Day 2019 (29 July), edie's most recent webinar saw experts from Tesco, AB Sugar, Global Footprint Network and Centrica Business Solutions discuss how businesses can operate within planetary boundaries. Here, edie rounds up the key takeaways.

IHG currently distributes more than 200 million miniature toiletries annually. Image: IHG EMEA

IHG to ban bathroom miniatures in plastic reduction drive

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to remove miniature toiletries from its entire global estate by the end of 2021, in a bid to reduce its plastic waste footprint.

Ocado's head of CR and corporate affairs Suzanne Westlake spoke alongside representatives from the likes of the World Food Programme, WRM, Defra and Too Good to Go 

Ocado: Consumer appetite for plastic-free shopping 'bordering on militant'

While the so-called 'war on plastics' movement has encouraged retailers to take ambitious action to make their packaging more sustainable, it has also served to distract the public from other green issues, Ocado's head of CR Suzanne Westlake has claimed.

JLR will test the technology to produce parts for its I-PACE series 

JLR backs innovative recycling solution for 'low-grade' plastics

Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has begun trials of an innovative new recycling technology which purports to turn low-quality, post-consumer plastics into high-grade material.

More than 40 companies have signed up to the new Guidelines

Fashion giants to 'transform' their jeans in circular economy drive

A coalition of big-name global fashion brands including H&M Group, Gap and Tommy Hilfiger have pledged to align their denim designs and manufacturing with a new circular economy framework.

Kimberly-Clark is targeting 100% recyclability across its plastics packaging by 2022

Inside Kimberly-Clark's plastics packaging strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Kimberly-Clark's global sustainability lead for products and packaging Daniel Locke has outlined how the company is "revamping" its resource management ambitions as consumer pressure for plastic packaging reductions mounts.

The new bags will be introduced across all of Fast Retailing's 12 global markets by 1 September

Uniqlo to phase out plastic bags

Fashion retailer Uniqlo's parent company Fast Retailing is set to remove single-use plastic bags from its brands, replacing them with reusable and paper alternatives.

Dozens of sustainability professionals and materials technologists took part in the event. Image: Dhruv Boruah

edie's Plastics Thinkathon: Six moonshot business ideas that could eliminate single-use plastics

With businesses continuing to make plastic-reduction commitments in the face of ever-growing stakeholder pressure, edie recently hosted a 'Plastics Thinkathon' to spur collaborative action on achieving a single-use plastic-free future, today. Here, we round up the potentially transformational results.

Other signatories to the commitment include Kering, Marks & Spencer, Gap and Adidas

Fashion giants 'must 'urgently accelerate circular economy action'

Of the 213 circular economy targets for 2020 set by 90 big-name fashion companies taking part in a collaborative circular economy campaign, just one-fifth (21%) have been met.

A crust above: Tesco to use waste bread in new products

The UK's largest supermarket has launched a new initiative aimed at repurposing surplus French bread from its in-store bakeries and reducing food waste.

There are now more than 22,000 Refill locations across the UK

Asda rolls out free refill scheme to cut plastic bottle use

Asda has begun offering free tap water refills at all of its in-store cafes, after trialling the offer at 37 of its locations this spring.

Nestle unveils plastic-free packaging for snack bars

Food and beverage giant Nestle has unveiled a paper-based alternative to flexible plastic wrapping, which it is using to house its newest snack bar range.

Wedberg wants Sandvik employees to collectively submit 100,000 ideas for green innovations by 2030 

Sandvik: Employees are 'crucial' for embedding sustainability

EXCLUSIVE: As it develops a roadmap for its ambitious new 2030 targets on carbon and resources, engineering giant Sandvik's group head of sustainability believes that input from employees will be "crucial" for making the shifts needed to align with the Paris Agreement.

(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.

Jonathan has played a key role in several of Marston's biggest sustainability initiatives, such as helping the firm achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Jonathan Davies, Marston's

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Jonathan Davies, waste & recycling co-ordinator at Marston's.

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.

From small beginnings in a handful of independent shops in 2017, Refill has grown into a national campaign. Image: City to Sea/23red 

National Refill Day: How businesses are uniting against single-use plastic water bottles

Since its launch in 2017, City to Sea's Refill campaign has spurred dozens of big and small businesses to offer free water bottle refills. To mark National Refill Day 2019, edie explores the impact of the campaign to date.

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?

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.

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.

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.

The move builds on Costa's Food Surplus Policy, which enables store managers to make donations directly to local charities on demand 

Costa joins Government-led pledge to halve food waste by 2030

Coffee chain Costa has become the latest company to sign the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs' (Defra) 'Step up to the Plate' pledge, which commits signatories to halving their food waste output by 2030.

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.

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.

The switch will be made immediately for produce aisles, and by September for in-store bakeries 

Sainsbury's removes plastic bags from produce and bakery aisles

Sainsbury's has pledged to remove all single-use plastic bags from its fruit, vegetable and produce lines by September, in what it claims will be a first for a UK supermarket.

Communications around the airport will encourage customers to return their cups to "check-in points" across the facility before they board 

Gatwick hosts UK's first airport-based reusable coffee cup trial

The UK's first airport reusable coffee cup trial gets under way this week at Gatwick, offering passengers the opportunity to borrow and return refillable cups in a bid to help cut waste and tackle "throwaway" culture.

Estée Lauder to develop refillable packaging as part of circular economy drive

US-based cosmetics giant Estée Lauder has vowed to develop reusable and refillable packaging by 2025, as part of a sweeping new set of resource efficiency commitments.

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.

More than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing is estimated to be landfilled in the UK every year

Fashion retailers team up to trial new closed-loop business models

A coalition of fashion retailers including Ted Baker are set to pilot more resource-efficient business models, such garment repair, resale and rental, to determine whether they are economically viable solutions to the sector's waste challenges.

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.

127 produce lines will be sold loose under the programme

Morrisons rolls out plastic-free fruit and veg offering nationwide

Supermarket giant Morrisons will roll out packaging-free fruit and veg across 60 of its UK stores this summer, following a successful trial at three of its stores.

The 'Mission Possible: 2019' report includes contributions from leading businesses including BT, Carlsberg, Interface, Landsec, Berkeley Group, and UPS

Sustainable business in action: edie launches flagship Mission Possible 2019 report

edie has today (21 May) published its flagship 'Mission Possible: 2019' report mapping out the future of sustainable business, featuring contributions from an array of renowned sustainability pioneers including Paul Polman and Steve Howard, along with senior representatives from the likes of BT, Carlsberg, The Climate Group and We Mean Business.

Mission Possible: The 2019 report

This exclusive edie report showcases world-leading and potentially game-changing examples of sustainability in action across the Mission Possible campaign's five pillars: Energy, Resources, Mobility, The Built Environment and Business Leadership.

<p>Tesco became the first UK supermarket to disclose its food waste data in 2013</p>

Tesco slashes food waste by 17% in one year

Supermarket giant Tesco has published its annual food waste figures, revealing that it wasted 17% less food by weight during 2018-19 than during the previous 12-month period.

<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>This week has seen Farfetch launch its first resale service, Second Life, and join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's 'Make Fashion Circular' initiative </p>

How Farfetch is uniting designers, retailers and shoppers to create a circular fashion economy

EXCLUSIVE: Digital fashion platform Farfetch has been serious about the circular economy since its foundation. But amid growing demands for more ambitious action on waste, its chief sustainability officer has told edie that the firm now views resale and repair as an "amazing commercial opportunity".

Last year, 10.2 million tonnes of food were wasted in the UK

Business giants sign new government-led pledge to halve food waste by 2030

A coalition of big-name businesses from across the food and drink sector, including Nestle and Waitrose & Partners, have today (13 May) made a joint commitment to halve their food waste outputs by 2030, in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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

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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.

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.


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