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Many PC&P formats are hard-to-recycle, including black plastics and flexible films (pictured)

Report: 6 in 10 plastic packaging companies have no environmental policies

An analysis of 83 of the world's biggest publicly traded plastic packaging firms has found that almost two-thirds report no policies on sustainability-related topics like waste or carbon.

Image: Plymouth Marine Laboratory 

Bio-recycling and water bottle refills: Waitrose invests £1m to tackle plastic waste

Two years ago, Waitrose & Partners pledged £1m from the sale of carrier bags to innovators working to solve the plastic pollution crisis. Now, it has revealed the successes of the projects it has supported.

Image: Mars Petcare and Futerra

Mars Petcare debuts insect-based cat food and packaging with less plastic

Mars Petcare has announced plans to launch what it claims is the UK's first fully insect-based cat food, after releasing new packaging formats that contain less plastic.

Previous Ellen MacArthur Foundation research concluded that 45% of global annual emissions are linked to resource consumption

Report: UK must halve resource consumption to tackle climate change and nature loss

If the UK set a legally binding target to halve resource consumption by 2050, it could put itself on track to meet domestic nature and climate targets while also driving progress abroad.

Rental, repair, reuse and other services could help reduce overconsumption

Servitisation and the circular economy: How can businesses encourage shoppers to consume less?

Often, when businesses make resource efficiency commitments, they stop short of committing to shifting to business models that will see them selling fewer products. But why - and which businesses have overcome this challenge?

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

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

How much waste does the UK produce? And how much is recycled?

In charts: How big is the UK's waste mountain - and what are we recycling?

As part of edie's Circular Economy Week campaign, we take a look at the official facts and stats regarding some of the UK's biggest waste streams, outlining how much is generated and what proportions are recycled.

Pictured: The electric Renault Zoe

EVs: Renault launches battery recycling scheme as UK grant changes draw controversy

It's been a busy week for electric vehicle (EV) news, with the UK Government facing criticism over grant packages and charging infrastructure and Groupe Renault launching a new battery recycling scheme.

The commitments, from both firms, cover global operations. Image: HelloFresh

Climate and waste: HelloFresh and Superdrug make new sustainability commitments

Meal-kit giant HelloFresh has pledged to halve food waste by 2022, in the same week that Superdrug's parent company, A.S. Watson Group, committed to eliminate unnecessary packaging.

Aluminium is a key material for sectors including electric vehicles, but is regarded as high-impact and hard-to-abate in terms of climate impact

Recycled materials and CCS: Aluminium industry plots pathways to net-zero

The association representing more than 60% of the world's aluminium production has published new climate pathways for the sector, outlining how recycled materials, electrification and emerging technologies could cut emissions at scale.

Pictured: A customer using the Farfetch Donate scheme, run in partnership with Thrift+

Circular economy models reduce costs and boost sales for major fashion brands

Outerwear brand FW and fashion platform Farfetch have revealed the results of two-year pilots of circular economy models, pledging to expand them following positive financial results.

Pictured: UGG's new 'Plant Power' platform shoes

Clarks and UGG unveil sustainable shoe innovations

Clarks has launched what it claims is its 'most sustainable sneaker yet', while UGG is debuting shoes made using responsibly sourced, plant-based materials.

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

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

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

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P&G launches refillable shampoo bottles in the UK

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has launched a refill format that uses 60% less plastic across several of its most popular shampoo brands in the UK.

Globally, food waste accounts for 8-10% of annual greenhouse gas emissions 

WRAP: Two-thirds of Brits don't see link between food waste and climate change

Better education on the links between food waste and climate change could encourage UK families to reduce the 6.6 million tonnes of food they bin at home every year.

Burger King UK has already phased out plastic straws

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

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

Circular models involve designing out waste and pollution and keeping products and materials in use 

Survey: Circular economy businesses outperform those that take, make and dispose

Companies using circular economy models like refill, resale and repair generate have seen sharper revenue upticks than their traditional competitors, new market research has found.

Pictured: Michelin's VISION concept tyre was designed to be airless and made using 100% sustainable materials

Michelin unveils plans to ditch unsustainable tyre materials

Michelin has committed to switching to 100% renewable, recycled and bio-based materials for its tyres by 2050.

More than 215 billion pieces of flexible plastic packaging are put on the UK market every year, a recent study concluded 

Sainsbury's rolls out flexible plastic take-back and recycling scheme

Sainsbury's has begun collecting hard-to-recycle flexible plastic film at 63 of its stores and will use the material to trial an innovative new recycling process.

Lockdown, aside from meaning we spend more time at home, has changed shopping habits

eBay: Shoppers increasingly looking for 'eco' and 'sustainable' homewares during lockdown

eBay has revealed that searches for 'eco furniture' and 'sustainable furniture' have more than doubled year-on-year, suggesting that shoppers are increasingly looking for pre-owned and refurbished products due to lockdown.

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

Asda and Aldi expand plastic-free packaging efforts

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

Pictured: Paper production equipment at a facility in Sweden. Image: Mondi Group

Packaging giant Mondi targets 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable products by 2025

As part of a new sustainability strategy which it claims is aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of the world's biggest packaging and paper companies has pledged to phase-out products that can't be recycled, reused or composted.

According to think-tank Circle Economy, less than 9% of the 100 billion tonnes of virgin raw materials extracted each year are reused or recycled 

Governments urged to accelerate circular economy transition through green recovery plans

As nations continue to deliver their strategies for the economic recovery from Covid-19, they must better embed measures to improve resource efficiency, recycling, reuse and nature restoration, according to a major new policy briefing.

Paper or plastic? How to make the most sustainable packaging choices

The EU tax on plastic packaging waste, implemented on 1 January 2021, has again brought to the fore the debate about what is the most sustainable packaging material.

Academics and businesses will explore circular solutions for industries including textiles, plastics, construction and metals

Exeter to play host to UK's first national circular economy 'hub'

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing £3.5m to create a new circular economy hub at the University of Exeter, which will be used to coordinate research and development across the country.

Some of the world's largest banks have been linked to industries that are causing mass deforestation and biodiversity loss

Banks urged to set time-bound targets to tackle deforestation

A new report has outlined how banks can take proactive steps to improve traceability and accountability of contributions to deforestation, as part of a first step to accelerating action towards a forest-restorative economy.

Banks 'have provided $1.7trn of unconditional support to plastic polluters since 2015'

Global banks have been accused of collectively providing more than $1.7trn to businesses across the plastics value chain between 2015 and 2019, largely without attaching environmental conditions to support packages.

#SustyTalk: London Waste and Recycling Board's Wayne Hubbard on the circular economy during Covid-19

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with the London Waste and Recycling Board's chief execiutive Wayne Hubbard.

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

Tesco removes one billion pieces of plastic packaging

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

From plastic-free packaging to low-emissions deliveries, the UK plays hosts to many brands touting sustainable festive offerings

Plastic-free festive food and re-planted trees: How are businesses working to make Christmas more sustainable?

Retailers and delivery firms have faced challenge after challenge in 2020, having to re-adjust ways of working to get essential goods to those in need amid lockdown restrictions. Yet many have also managed to ensure that Christmas won't be the most wasteful - or emissions-intense - time of the year.

Read on for some shocking sustainability statistics about our Christmas habits

In numbers: What is the environmental impact of Christmas?

Christmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year - but it's also the most wasteful. With less than a week left until the big day, edie rounds up some of the most shocking environmental statistics for the season.

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

Ferrero unveils fresh commitments to sustainable packaging ahead of Christmas

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

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New report details how businesses can help achieve SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-lockdown, with the latest focusing on Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

Compere Julia Bradbury (left) and Harvey Laud of Reconomy (right) presenting the Marston's team with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet waste management champions Marston's and UKWSL

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Waste and Resource Management Project of the Year Award, Marston's and UKWSL.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 12; Responsible Production and Consumption

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with Rio, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

Shoppers will be offered plastic bags for no charge, or they can choose to bring their own containers. Image: M&S

M&S expands plastic-free refill offering as UK lockdown lifts

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has launched its packaging-free refill offering for dried, ambient and frozen foods in a third store due to growing customer demand.

Image: Huggies

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

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

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

PepsiCo targets 100% recycled plastic bottles in Europe

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

MPs are concerned that bricks-and-mortar retailers are held to different requirements than online marketplaces

Government 'must hold businesses like Apple and Amazon to account over e-waste'

Electronics brands and online retailers have been "dodging responsibility" for their e-waste impacts - and new laws could help stop them from producing tech that is hard to repair or recycle.

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

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

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

Unilever's Marc Engel (top left) provided the opening keynote speech from his home

Unilever on the circular economy and the net-positive debate: What happened on Day Three of Net-Zero Live 2020?

The third and final day of edie's Net-Zero Live 2020 saw hundreds of sustainability and resource experts gathering with the shared aim of accelerating ambition and action. Here, we round up the key takeaways.

The new packaging format will reach stores in January 2021

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

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

The pandemic has presented new challenges and opportunities for addressing food waste

WRAP: UK food sector 'needs to pick up the pace' on waste

UK businesses diverted £300m worth of food from waste this year, but the sector needs to accelerate action if it is to meet the Courtauld Commitment's environmental targets for 2025.

Globally, e-waste is the fastest-growing domestic waste stream

Boris Johnson urged to prevent e-waste mountain in Brexit planning

Poorly-made and hard-to-recycle electronics could "flood" the UK market after Brexit, resulting in an e-waste mountain, unless ministers act now to protect standards. That is according to a new report from Green Alliance.

Big businesses are opting for paper-based or lightweight packaging over reusables, the report reveals

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Refillable packaging still accounts for just 2% of the market

Despite a swathe of successful pilot projects for plastic-free, refillable products, just 2% of the products sold by the world's biggest consumer goods firms this year came in reusable packaging.

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

Google launches phones and thermostats with recycled plastics

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

The recycling scheme started in the US and has been successful so far

HP extends cartridge recycling scheme to 68 countries

Printing and technology giant HP has extended its recycling scheme to 68 countries and territories after collecting more than 875,000 used printer ink cartridges.

Pictured: The new packaging for coffee and Whopper burgers

Burger King teams up with TerraCycle for reusable packaging pilot

Burger King will bring reusable coffee cups, soft drinks cups and burger boxes to restaurants in the US and Japan early next year as part of a partnership with TerraCycle.

The EU approved a directive to ban oxo-degradable plastics in 2019

Supermarket and packaging giants call for UK-wide ban on degradable plastics

Representatives from the likes of Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi and the Co-op have signed an open letter to Ministers calling for a ban on plastics which are only degradable in industrial conditions with chemical additives.

Forum for the Future's Hannah Pathak (left) and compere Julia Bradbury (right) present the City to Sea team with the Award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet consumer engagement champions City to Sea

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Consumer Engagement Campaign of the Year: City to Sea.

Image: P&G

P&G to launch refillable shampoo bottles in 2021

Procter & Gamble (P&G) will launch a refill format which uses 60%less plastic across several of its most popular shampoo lines in Europe next year.

Pictured: One of Plastic Energy's plants in Spain

Nestle outlines plans to bring UK's first commercial scale chemical plastic recycling plant online

Nestle has partnered with a chemical plastic recycling company with two commercial-scale facilities online in Spain, in the hopes of developing a similar plant in the UK.

Switches already made at Iceland stores include cardboard packaging for frozen lines like pies and desserts; paper shopping bags, instead of plastic bags-for-life; and loose vegetables and fruit instead of pre-bagged multipacks

Iceland trials plastic-free bread and potato packaging as Subway debuts cardboard salad boxes

Supermarket giant Iceland has begun trialling plastic-free packaging on products including potatoes and loaves of bread, in the same week that Subway confirmed plans to phase-out plastic salad bowls.

Pictured: Bacardi Rum products housed in the new material

Bacardi to launch biodegradable spirits bottles by 2023

Alcoholic beverage giant Bacardi has said it will be ready to launch a plastic-free, bio-based spirits bottle that degrades outside of industrial conditions by 2023.

Britvic owns some of the UK's most recognisable soft drinks brands

Britvic to switch to 100% recycled plastic bottles by 2022

The owner of Tango, Fruit Shoot and J2O has pledged to only sell plastic bottles made using 100% recycled content in the UK by the end of 2022.

Pictured: One of Xampla's prototype sachets

Unilever's former chief sustainability officer to chair plant-based plastic venture

Unilever's former chief sustainability officer Jeff Seabright has been appointed as chair of a Cambridge-based scale-up that creates plant-protein-based alternatives to single-use plastic.

Pictured: Some of the name-brand refill stations. Image: Asda

Asda opens 'sustainability store' with refill stations and plastic-free groceries

Asda has installed refill stations, reverse vending machines and a vintage clothing aisle to one of its busiest stores, to gauge consumer attitudes and logistical considerations to more sustainable offerings.

#SustyTalk: Cranswick's Jim Brisby on food waste prevention during Covid-19

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Cranswick's commercial director Jim Brisby discussing how the company was able to exceed its food waste reduction targets - even faced with the challenges of lockdown.

edie's content editor Matt Mace and compere Julia Bradbury (right) present Toast Ale's COO Louisa Ziane with her award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet award-winning brewer Toast Ale

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our SME of the Year, Toast Ale.

'Made to be Remade' is Adidas' tagline for the model

It's a shoe-in: Adidas unveils recyclable trainers as UGG reveals new climate and materials commitments

Adidas has started fresh pilots for a recyclable mono-material shoe made using recycled plastic, in the same week that UGG launched new social and environmental sustainability commitments.

Pictured: Ikea's Greenwich store

Ikea unveils national buy-back scheme for used furniture in drive to become 'fully circular'

Ikea will start buying back customers' used furniture at stores across the UK and Ireland next month, in an effort to discourage "excessive consumption" and become a "fully circular" business by 2030.

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

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

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

The guide has been developed in partnership with ERP UK

edie launches new explains guide to creating a circular economy for electronics

Organisations looking to understand the benefits and opportunities of reusing and recycling used electronics can now access a free 'edie Explains' guide breaking down everything they need to know about preventing e-waste.

edie explains: Electronics and the circular economy

How can businesses create a circular economy for electronics of all kinds? What are the challenges and benefits of doing so? And how are policies affecting the e-waste changing? This free edie explains guide answers all these questions and more.

The fund will expand to cover mining and extractives in the coming years

Blackrock's circular economy fund has raised $900m in its first year

BlackRock has revealed that its investment fund dedicated to accelerating the global development of a circular economy has raised more than $900m in its first year, growing from just $20m of seed funding from the asset management giant itself.

Both Tesco and Cranswick work with FareShare to help redistribute surplus products

Tesco and Cranswick surpass food waste reduction targets

Supermarket Tesco and major premium food supplier Cranswick have both published new food waste data this week, revealing that they have exceeded their 2030 reduction targets ahead of schedule.

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

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

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

Olio is used by more than two million individuals and organisations. Image: Tesco

Tesco partners with food sharing app Olio to tackle waste from stores

Surplus food from every Tesco store in the UK will soon be listed on food sharing app Olio, in a drive to reduce waste and help those in need.

Pictured: The paper alternatives to single-use plastic bags for bricks. Image: Lego Group

Lego unveils $400m investment to drive low-carbon transition and single-use plastic phase-out

Toymaker Lego Group has unveiled a swathe of new sustainability commitments around plastics, waste, emissions and the circular economy, backed up with a $400m (£310m) investment package.

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

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

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

The virgin plastics industry is described in the report as a 'bloated behemoth' which is primed for disruption

Report: World could reach peak plastic production in 2027, risking billions of dollars for oil majors

Global oil majors are planning to invest $400bn in virgin plastic production within five years - but much of this investment is at risk as governments beef up plastics and climate targets, and as consumers continue to push for plastic-free products.

Lego sells products in some 130 countries

Lego becomes Ellen MacArthur Foundation member in bid to spur circular economy progress

Toymaker the Lego Group has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for a three-year period, as part of its efforts to increase product reuse and recycling.

The podcast brings three exclusive interviews, tied together by a circular economy theme

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Circular economy chats with Ball, Essity and CDSL

Episode 90 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast delivers three exclusive interviews with sustainability leads at Ball Corporation, Essity and CDSL, for a snapshot of circular economy action during lockdown and beyond.

Supply chains are a major source of emissions for the fashion sector

Report: Global fashion sector will emit double its Paris Agreement limit by 2030

The global fashion sector is currently generating more emissions each year than the UK, Germany and France combined, and will fail to align with the Paris Agreement without transformational change over the next decade.

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How can businesses accelerate circular economy progress beyond Covid-19?

Earth Overshoot Day - the date at which humanity has used all available natural resources for the year - came almost a month later in 2020, largely as a result of Covid-19. But how can companies innovate and actuate to deliver lasting, holistic reductions in their environmental impact going forward?

The webinar will feature a live Q&A segment and will be available to watch on-demand after it is aired

Available on demand: edie’s Earth Overshoot Day webinar

edie’s webinar exploring the circular economy to mark Earth Overshoot Day 2020 is now available to watch on-demand, featuring expert speakers from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, DS Smith and Toast Ale.

Pictured: Some of the products offered through Loop in the UK. Image: TerraCycle

Retail giants prepare to launch TerraCycle's 'zero-waste' refill service in stores

Following successful online launches, retailers including Tesco in the UK and Carrefour in France are planning to bring TerraCycle's refillable model, backed by businesses like Danone and Unilever, to stores.

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

Morrisons planning to ditch plastic 'bags for life'

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

Selfridges has worked with charity partners and 300+ brands to develop and deliver the 'Project Earth' initiative

Resale, repair and environmental labelling: Selfridges accelerates efforts to sustainably 'reinvent retail'

Selfridges has outlined a string of new commitments and pilot projects around sustainable materials sourcing, environmental communications and resource-efficient business models like repair, resale and rental.

Between 20% and 50% of all waste generated in the global South is managed through small-scale waste picking activities. Image: BVRio

New platform to help corporates forge circular economy partnerships

Environmental NGO BVRio has launched a new online platform connecting circular economy projects with corporates and impact investors, whose aim is to help small programmes scale-up and large organisations put sufficient finance behind their resource goals.

Microsoft seems to be reshaping its sustainability strategy a little at a time, having set new climate targets earlier this year

Microsoft vows to become a 'zero-waste' business by 2030

Microsoft has pledged to bring its direct waste footprint to zero within a decade, as part of a new resources strategy which will boost the recyclability of its devices and see plastic packaging phased out entirely.

In 2017, City to Sea found that the average Brit uses 150 single-use-plastic water bottles every year

Brits cut bottled water consumption by half during lockdown

The proportion of UK adults regularly purchasing plastic bottled water almost halved during lockdown, new research from YouGov has concluded.

Primark has pledged to ensure that no donated items are landfilled

Primark launches UK-wide fashion recycling scheme

Primark has installed take-back boxes for clothing, textiles, footwear and bags in all 190 of its UK stores, in a bid to reduce the amount of these items sent to landfill.

The brand is hoping to create a closed-loop system for its products. Image: Vivobarefoot

Vivobarefoot launches resale platform for repaired shoes

Shoe brand VivoBarefoot has launched an online resale platform for repaired and returned shoes, in what it claims is a world first.

Loop is already live in the US and France. Image: TerraCycle

In the Loop: Tesco and TerraCycle pilot 'zero-waste' refill service in the UK

TerraCycle has today (15 July) launched its zero-waste shopping platform in the UK in collaboration with Tesco, after a delay due to Covid-19.

Information on how to use the scheme will be provided online and on-pack. Image: TerraCycle

Cathedral City launches UK-wide recycling scheme for cheese packaging

Cathedral City has partnered with TerraCycle to launch a UK-wide recycling scheme for its plastic cheese packaging, which is not currently collected by all local authorities at kerbside.

Aldi UK & Ireland had previously set an ambition to use 25% less plastic packaging by volume by 2023

Aldi to halve plastic packaging use in the UK by 2025

Aldi UK and Ireland has pledged to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses annually by 2025.

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

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Plastic-Free July special

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

Single-use plastic items have become symbolic of the pandemic

In numbers: Tracking public attitudes to plastics during the pandemic

Several businesses have published new research to mark Plastic Free July, including Veolia and Amcor. Here, edie rounds up the key findings, which act as a snapshot of public opinion on plastics in the context of Covid-19.

Images: Kimberly-Clark/ SC Johnson

Kleenex debuts plastic-free tissue boxes as Mr Muscle unveils 100% 'ocean-bound' plastic bottle

Kleenex will remove the plastic opening from all tissue boxes by August 2020, parent firm Kimberly-Clark has announced in the same week that SC Johnson unveiled a Mr Muscle bottle made from 100% recycled plastic content.

The meat sector is widely regarded as a key contributor to emissions and one of the world's most exposed sectors to climate risks.

British meat giants adopt net-zero vision as investors warn of $11bn carbon tax bill for global meat sector

Businesses representing 80% of the UK's meat sector have vowed to slash emissions and waste on a "farm-to-fork" basis, as investors have made fresh pleas for the global meat industry to accelerate decarbonisation efforts.

The new goal builds on HP's updated recycled plastic ambition, unveiled last summer

HP to cut plastic packaging use by 75% by 2025

Printing and electronics giant HP has committed to using 75% fewer pieces of single-use plastic packaging in 2025 than it did in 2018, as it revealed that its sustainable products and services generated more than $1.6bn (£1.27bn) in sales last year.

Deforestation will be mitigated through supply chain engagement, recycled material sourcing and investment in innovation

World Rainforest Day: Dozens of retailers commit to deforestation-free fashion supply chains

Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Sainsbury's and Asda are among a coalition of 45 major businesses jointly pledging to eliminate deforestation from their fashion supply chains, as part of a collaborative initiative coordinated by non-profit Canopy.

Pictured: Plastic pollution in Long Beach, California. Image: As You Sow

Report: Big-name brands failing to address plastic pollution crisis, despite improved pledges

A survey of 50 of the largest consumer-facing goods firms, including PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz and Kellogg, has found that companies are generally failing to take ambitious action on plastic pollution, despite lofty pledges to do so.

Hasbro is one of the world's largest toy companies and the owner of brands including Play Doh, My Little Pony and Transformers

Hasbro launches UK-wide recycling scheme for plastic toys

Toy giant Hasbro has launched a UK-wide take-back and recycling scheme for toys, as part of its partnership with recycling firm TerraCycle.

Image: Steve Morgan at WWF UK

WWF: Major consumer goods giants only sourcing 8% recycled plastics

McDonald's, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper and Procter & Gamble (P&G) collectively source 4.3 million metric tonnes of plastic annually, of which just 8% comes from recycled feedstocks.

The scientists said the multitrillion-dollar economic recovery packages being rolled out by governments must be used to strengthen and enforce environmental protection

Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world's top scientists

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to be followed by even more deadly and destructive disease outbreaks unless their root cause - the rampant destruction of the natural world - is rapidly halted, the world's leading biodiversity experts have warned.

The natural pulp is produced at biorefineries that utilise recovery mechanisms to reuse energy.

John Lewis unveils sustainable womenswear collection

John Lewis & Partners has teamed up with luxury sustainable womenswear brand Mother of Pearl to launch a new sustainable clothing collection made from organic cotton and certified renewable wood fibre sources.

H&M Group has pledged to become a "fully circular" business by 2030. Image: H&M

H&M reaches clothing take-back target early, collecting 29,000 tonnes of used garments

The H&M Group collected more than 29,000 tonnes of used clothing though its in-store network of take-back points last year, surpassing its 2020 goal to collect at least 25,000 tonnes a year ahead of schedule.

Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles of forest, according to the World Bank—an area larger than South Africa

Business giants including Tesco urge ministers to end supply chain deforestation by 2030

Tesco, McDonald's and WWF are among the businesses and NGOs urging the UK Government to set a legally binding 2030 target to end deforestation in agriculture and forest product supply chains.


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