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Target pledges to reach net-zero and become a 'circular' business by 2040

US retail giant Target has outlined a sweeping new sustainability vision through to 2040, including commitments to net-zero emissions and eliminating waste.

Items marked "destroy" are said to be a mix of unsold and returned goods 

Amazon accused of wasting and destroying mountains of unsold products in the UK

Online retail giant Amazon has been accused of destroying millions of unsold items every year by ITV, which sent journalists to film undercover at the Dunfermline warehouse.

Hundreds of shareholder motions on climate have been filed this year already

'Votes have jumped dramatically': Why investors are pressing companies to accelerate climate action

The 2021 AGM season saw a flurry of climate-related shareholder resolutions being filed - and passed - at the world's biggest banks and fossil fuel majors. Here, edie interviews the architects of these resolutions to get an inside look at their development and growing success.

All three companies are aligning targets with the Paris Agreement pathways

Kingfisher, DS Smith and Turner & Townsend unveil science-based targets

Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has had carbon reduction targets consistent with the required pace to limit global warming to the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), while both packaging firm DS Smith and consultants Turner & Townsend have unveiled net-zero commitments.

Domino's is currently working on setting science-based targets

Domino's introduces electric mopeds into delivery fleet

Pizza brand Domino's is set to introduce more than 200 electric mopeds for deliveries across London, after trialling the vehicles from NIU Technologies.

POP is manufactured using litter that is collected within 30 miles of a coastline. Image: Waitrose & Partners 

Waitrose and Aldi to use ocean-bound plastics for packaging on dozens of products

Waitrose & Partners has marked World Oceans Day (8 June) by unveiling plans to add ocean-bound plastics to packaging across 71 products, including ready meals, fruit and vegetables.

Kingfisher is already working with partners including the Forest Stewardship Council, British Retail Consortium and the Rainforest Alliance to deliver its updated sustainability and community goals

Kingfisher enters £550m sustainability and community-linked loan

Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has signed for a £550m revolving credit facility agreement (RCF) with interest rates linked to environmental and community targets.

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Amazon could be forced to disclose its plastic footprint

E-commerce giant Amazon's shareholders will vote this week on whether the firm should adopt a resolution requiring it to disclose how much plastic packaging it produces - and how much of this is likely to end up polluting the environment.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Can we deliver a green recovery for retail?

With 'non-essential' shops back open in the UK after lockdown, episode 102 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores how the retail sector can deliver a green recovery.

Businesses that sign up will receive climate-related support from the likes of NatWest, Google, Scottish Power and BT

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges UK SMEs to make net-zero commitments

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a rallying call to the UK's small and medium-sized (SME) businesses to make small steps to reduce emissions and contribute to the UK's net-zero target for 2050.

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edie launches new business guide on the circular economy

Organisations looking to accelerate the transition to a circular economy now have access to a comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a zero-waste world.

Image: Arc'teryx 

Circular economy: Arc'teryx launches resale, care and repair services

Outdoor clothing and equipment brant Arc'teryx has launched a new programme enabling consumers to resell, repair, upcycle and extend the life of their products.

In a bid to appease increasingly environmentally-minded consumers, many businesses are overstating their positive impact, the CMA believes 

'Be clear and upfront': CMA urges UK businesses to avoid greenwashing

After finding that 40% of sustainability-related claims by businesses online could be misleading, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set out recommendations on avoiding greenwashing.

Soft and flexible plastics from all brands will be accepted, including plastic bags

Aldi launches in-store recycling scheme for problem plastics

Aldi has added collection points for soft and flexible plastics, which most UK councils do not collect from homes, to 20 of its UK stores.

Pictured: InstaVolt's rapid charging hub in Necton

Costa Coffee to install EV chargers at hundreds of UK drive-thrus

Costa Coffee has announced plans to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers at up to 200 of its UK drive-thru locations.

Image: Amazon

Amazon launches inaugural sustainability bond, priced at $1bn

E-commerce giant Amazon has issued a $1bn sustainability-focussed bond, with funds raised set to assist the delivery of the firm's low-carbon and social sustainability targets.

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Made.com launches giving platform for used homewares in circular economy push

Online home and lifestyle retailer Made.com has launched a new service enabling customers to list used goods for resale or free donation, as part of its drive to become a "truly circular business'.

'Non-essential' retailers were permitted to open again in England in April, following almost four months of lockdown restrictions. Pictured: Stores in Oxford 

UK's retail giants 'have halved emissions since 2005'

An analysis of the climate footprint of dozens of the UK's best-known retailers has revealed that the sector's carbon emissions are down 49% on 2005 levels.

Image: Pandora

Pandora to ditch mined diamonds over sustainability concerns

The world's largest jewellery brand, Pandora, has announced plans to stop sourcing mined diamonds and to switch to only lab-grown alternatives.

Deforestation is believed to have accelerated amid Covid-19, and green groups are concerned that new legislation could make the problem worse still

From Aldi to Waitrose: UK food giants threaten to boycott Brazilian suppliers over deforestation

A string of big-name supermarkets, food-to-go chains, suppliers and manufacturers have threatened to boycott Brazilian products if lawmakers there do not bolster laws designed to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Pictured: Ikea's Greenwich store

Ikea launches buy-back service in all UK stores

Following a string of Covid-19-related delays, Ikea has launched its long-awaited buy-back scheme for furniture across its UK stores.

Offsetting will be used as the Co-op works to reduce the footprint of products directly by 11% by 2025 

Co-op targets carbon neutrality across own-brand food and drink by 2025

In what it claims is a first for a UK supermarket, the Co-op has pledged to ensure that all own-brand food and drink products are carbon neutral by 2025.

Oddbox’s own product surplus is also donated to charities The Felix Project and City Harvest

B Corp Oddbox targets net-zero emissions by 2030

Surplus fruit and vegetable redistributor Oddbox has unveiled new pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 and reduce emissions by saving 150,000 tonnes of food waste by 2025.

Globally, the fashion sector accounts for 8-10% of annual emissions and results in a bin lorry of waste every second

Textiles 2030: Fashion giants pledge to halve climate impacts

A string of big-name fashion brands including Primark, JD Sports and ASOS have joined a new WRAP initiative mandating them to halve emissions by 2030, with a longer-term view to reaching net-zero.

Carbon footprint calculator tool provider Doconony also works with the likes of Mastercard

Klarna to show consumers the carbon footprint of their shopping

'Buy now, pay later' platform Klarna has launched a new tool that lets customers track the carbon footprint of their purchases.

Mulberry's new strategy comes ahead of Earth Day on Thursday (22 April)

Regenerative and circular net-zero transition: Inside Mulberry's new sustainability strategy

In an exclusive interview with edie, Mulberry's chief executive Thierry Andretta explains how its new ambitions to reach net-zero by 2035 and champion transparency, regeneration and circularity will be delivered.

If successful, the trial could be rolled out to other stores

Aldi launches packaging-free refillable trial

Aldi has today (14 April) launched its first trial of packaging-free products, with a variety of rice and pasta on offer as part of a new refillable service.

By some estimates, the global fashion sector uses 90 billion plastic bags and covers every year - with most being 100% virgin plastic 

Retailers including Morrisons and Superdry roll-out recycling solution for plastic fashion packaging

A string of big-name UK retailers have started rolling out recycled polythene packaging for garments and accessories, ahead of a new tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

UK peatlands store more than three billion tonnes of carbon

Co-op bans sale of peat-based compost to reduce emissions

Retailer Co-op has introduced a ban on peat-based compost in a bid to help customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions footprint and reach its own carbon commitments.

Pictured: World of Books' warehouse operations 

UK's largest used books business targets carbon neutrality by 2022

World of Books Group, the UK's largest retailer for used books, has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2022.

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.

Both organisations have successfully removed plastics from a range of products

Ocado and KP Snacks detail progress on plastic phase-outs

Online retailer Ocado had launched a refresh of its own-range products that will remove more than nine million pieces of packaging while also reducing the amount of plastic used, while KP Snacks has also announced packaging reductions.

Dixons Carphone operates 14 brands across eight countries, including Currys PC World here in the UK. Collectively, these brands have around 10,000 suppliers.

Dixons Carphone plots path to net-zero supply chain emissions

After pledging to become a net-zero business by 2040, Dixons Carphone has announced plans to help its 10,000 suppliers measure and reduce their climate impact.

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.

BooHoo group has faced several allegations of worker underpayment in recent months, relating to factories in Leicester, where some 40% of its product lines are made

Boohoo could lose right to export to US over forced labour claims

US authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into online fast-fashion giant Boohoo Group's supply chain practices, following allegations of worker exploitation at supplier factories in Leicester.

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.

'Principal partner' is the highest level of sponsorship for the conference, which has been described as the most important since the Paris Agreement was ratified in 2015

Sainsbury's confirmed as principal partner for COP26

Supermarket Sainsbury's has signed for the highest tier of sponsorship for COP26, ahead of the event in Glasgow this November.

A new sourcing policy will also be introduced, which Greggs will report annually on

Greggs targets carbon neutrality and improved diversity through new sustainability pledges

Food retailer Greggs has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments that will see it become a carbon-neutral business, use 100% renewable energy, reduce packaging waste by a quarter and improve workforce diversity.

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.

Jessica applies learnings from her BSc in environment, economics and ecology in her energy management work

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Jessica Foster, Bensons for Beds Retail

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. Up next: Bensons for Beds' group energy manager Jessica Foster.

Many of the new signatories already have targets to reach - or go beyond - net-zero

Climate Pledge: 20 businesses including IBM and Iceland Foods join Amazon's net-zero commitment

Tech giant IBM, supermarket Iceland Foods and food supplier Cranswick are among the 20 new signatories of Amazon and Global Optimism's Climate Pledge, which requires members to target net-zero by 2040 at the latest.

Ocado trialled a dedicated virtual shelf for B-Corp products two years ago, with then-supply partner Waitrose. Image: Ocado 

Purpose-led products: Ocado launches a dedicated aisle for B-Corp brands

Online supermarket Ocado has launched a dedicated virtual 'aisle' showcasing products from B-Corp certified brands, as customers increasingly look for more sustainable groceries.

Pictured: One of Sainsbury's' zero-emission electric 'Evie' vans

Sainsbury's outlines science-based targets to slash emissions on the path to net-zero

Sainsbury's has unveiled a new ambition to reduce emissions from its supply chain by 30% by 2030, as it strives to become a net-zero business by 2040.

The trial is part of Ocado Retail’s target to become net-zero by 2035

Ocado trials electric vehicles for rapid deliveries

Ocado has launched a trial of electric vehicles (EVs) for its rapid grocery delivery service in the heart of London, as part of the retailer's ongoing commitment to reaching net-zero emissions.

Depop has more than 26 million users, and 90% of them are aged 24 or under. Image: Depop

Sustainable fashion: Depop targets climate neutrality by the end of the year

Marketplace app Depop, best known for second-hand and custom fashion, has pledged to compensate for its entire climate footprint by the end of 2021 and to do more to prevent waste.

Image: Waitrose & Partners, taken pre-Covid-19

Waitrose Unpacked: Supermarket unveils next steps for plastic-busting refill scheme

After trials of packaging-free, refillable products proved popular with shoppers and reduced the supermarket's plastic footprint, Waitrose & Partners is planning to make the format easier to use - and to roll it out to more stores in future.

Less meat is the only pathway to tackling deforestation scarring soy supply chains

Voluntary commitments to sustainable soy supply chains won't stick in the face of ongoing deforestation scandals. Retailers and investors urgently need a Plan B, argues Feedback Global's Daniel Jones.

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.

Zalando’s online platform caters to 35 million customers in 17 markets

Zalando completes brand assessments as part of environmental disclosure drive

Online fashion retailer Zalando has disclosed its Tier 1 private fashion label suppliers in an efforts to drive transparency across the value chain, and is expecting brand partners to gain a full understanding of their key suppliers also.

Kingfisher’s role as a founding partner will be to support the implementation of Integrated Community Forest Management approaches. Image credit Rainforest Alliance

Kingfisher partners with Rainforest Alliance on 'forest positive' commitment

B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher has announced a new partnership with the Rainforest Alliance that will help the corporate become "forest negative" by 2025.

Oliver joined M&S full-time in 2017, having previously undertaken contracted work for the retailer

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Oliver Knowles, M&S Property

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. Up next: M&S Property's R&D manager, Oliver Knowles.

No information has been released as to what the revamped Plan A will include, but M&S did commit to net-zero emissions in 2020

M&S to relaunch Plan A sustainability strategy

M&S is planning to relaunch its industry-leading Plan A sustainability programme in 2021 to reflect on the changing environmental and social needs globally, with a new ESG Board Sub-Committee to be set up to scrutinise the strategy.

WHSmith will engage with suppliers to agree on a set of pathways to achieve net-zero for Scope 3 emissions by 2040

WHSmith targets net-zero emissions by 2025

Retailer WHSmith has unveiled a new five-year sustainability plan to reduce its operational emissions to zero by 2025, with the company set to engage with suppliers to help them become net-zero.

Image: Bensons For Beds

Just Eat, Co-Op and Bensons for Beds launch new EV schemes in time for festive deliveries

Retail giants Co-Op and Bensons for Beds, as well as takeaway delivery platform Just Eat, have launched new electric bikes and vans in time for Christmas.

Pictured: The rooftop solar array at Amazon's Tilbury fulfillment centre

Amazon reveals plans for 26 new large-scale renewable energy projects

Amazon has confirmed a major renewable energy investment project that will see it finance the construction of 26 new wind and solar projects totalling 3.4GW of generation capacity.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (centre) presents the Ikea team with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Ikea's Greenwich store

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 winner of our Built Environment Project of the Year, Ikea.

Covid-19 can reinforce the green business case

Reconomy's head of sustainability Nathan Gray reflects on the appetite for businesses to drive a green recovery as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The report has been created in assistance with Reconomy and uses exclusive results from edie’s green recovery survey of 243 sustainability and energy professionals

Report: Can the retail sector deliver a green recovery?

edie has published a new report detailing how retailers can build back better from the coronavirus pandemic by aligning long-term strategies with the need to combat the climate crisis, foster new innovations and ultimately spur a green recovery.

Black Friday is usually seen as the antithesis of sustainability 

What does the green recovery mean for Black Friday?

After a month of lockdown restrictions, many UK retailers are looking forward to Black Friday to boost profits. But with consumers increasingly prioritising purpose and sustainability, and with the green recovery movement gaining traction, what will the sales event look like in 2020 and beyond?

Pictured: Ikea's veggie hot dog

Half of Ikea meals to be plant-based by 2025

Retail giant Ikea has pledged to ensure that 50% of the main meals offered in its restaurants, and 80% of the pre-packaged foods it sells, are plant-based by 2025.

Amali joined Lidl GB in 2017 and has helped to develop its first responsible sourcing strategy

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Amali Bunter, Lidl GB

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. Up next: Lidl GB's senior responsible sourcing manager Amali Bunter.

Pictured: One of Tesco's fully-electric home delivery vans

Tesco targets net-zero by 2035, accelerating climate plan

Tesco has set a 2035 net-zero target for its UK business, bringing the date forward from 2050 after fresh investment in renewable energy and electric vehicles (EV).

Hollie has been with Aldi for around four years and plays a core role in delivering against its plastics reduction targets

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Hollie Clark, Aldi UK

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. Up next: Hollie Clark, Aldi UK's corporate responsibility manager.

Many have taken time during lockdown to clear out their wardrobes, repair clothes and educate themselves

WRAP: Lockdown has made Brits more aware of fashion's environmental impact

Almost two-thirds of adults in the UK say that lockdown has brought home the importance of their clothing lasting longer, and been a time in which they've learned more about the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

The announcement for the BRC comes at a challenging time for the retail sector

UK retail sector pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2040

More than 60 leading retailers, including Pret UK, Burberry, Sainsbury's and Missguided, have pledged to support a new collaborative roadmap to transform the sector and its supply chain to net-zero emissions by 2040.

Cathryn joined the Co-op in the 1990s as a scientific advisor

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet the Co-op's Cathryn Higgs

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: Our Sustainability Leader of the Year 2020, the Co-op's head of food policy Cathryn Higgs.

Products from small, independent businesses will be listed, as well as products from corporate giants like Unilever 

‘Climate Pledge Friendly’: Amazon opens virtual aisle for more sustainable products

Amazon has become the latest retailer to signpost more sustainable products, launching a 'Climate Pledge Friendly' filter for shoppers in Europe.

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.

Amy joined Sainsbury's in 2014 and has made the jump from HR to sustainability within the business

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Amy Blackwell, Sainsbury'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. Up next: Amy Blackwell, utilities and carbon reporting manager at Sainsbury's.

edie explains: Science-based targets

What makes emissions targets "science-based"? How can businesses go beyond 2C alignment and strive for 1.5C? And what role do these targets play in the net-zero movement? This free edie explains guide answers all of these questions and more.

The retailer operates on a model whereby all staff are 'Partners' in the business. Image: JLP

John Lewis Partnership brings net-zero target forward to 2035

Waitrose and John Lewis' parent company has committed to becoming a net-zero business by 2035 - 15 years sooner than originally planned - as part of a sweeping new business strategy.

Representatives of large, high-street brands were interviewed alongside executives at smaller brands

Report: 6 in 10 fashion giants see sustainability as 'key priority' amid Covid-19

In a survey of 150 executives from some of the world's biggest fashion firms, including H&M Group, Puma and Adidas, 60% named implementing sustainability measures as their top strategic priority in the wake of Covid-19.

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.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 9; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with UK Power Networks Services, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

The network will be overseen by the Company Shop Group, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus stock

Food and retail giants to collaborate on government-backed scheme to reduce food waste

Some of the UK's largest retailers and food manufacturers, including Unilever, M&S, Nestlé and Amazon are collaborating to deliver a new network of "food waste champions" to help reduce the amount of food waste produced by the sectors.

Customers will be able to watch their used items being recycled

H&M brings 'garment-to-garment' recycling machines in-store

H&M has installed a machine which disassembles old clothing and re-assembles the material into new textiles in one of its stores, in what it claims is a first for the fashion industry.

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).

REI has taken a measure-offset-reduce approach to emissions

REI commits to halve emissions by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by end of 2020

Outdoor apparel and equipment giant REI Co-op has revealed that it is on track to reach carbon-neutral operations by the end of 2020 through offsetting, and committed to halving its emissions footprint over the next decade.

Walmart has also pledged to protect, manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030

Walmart targets zero emissions by 2040, won't rely on offsetting

US retail giant Walmart has committed to becoming a zero emissions business by 2040 by pledging to become carbon neutral across its global operations without relying on carbon offsets.

Amazon will look to engage other Climate Pledge signatories in the investment programme moving forward

Carbon capture and EVs: Amazon unveils first beneficiaries of $2bn climate fund

Amazon has announced the first beneficiaries of its $2bn Climate Pledge Fund, with organisations developing carbon removal technologies, nature-based carbon markets and electric vehicle (EV) innovations set to benefit.

Over the past seven days at least, it seems the businesses are refocusing on plans to reduce single-use plastics that took up much of corporate CSR efforts between 2018 and 2020

Flurry of corporate plastic announcements hints at a new normal for the circular economy

In what has been a bumper week for news stories on single-use plastics, edie explores how corporates are forging ahead with new collection and take-back schemes for recyclable packaging that had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Charging infrastructure and technical advice and assistance will also be provided by ABB, Tesla and the AA

Retailers sign up to co-locate on UK's first electric forecourt

A host of retailers including WHSmith, Costa Coffee, Booths and Gourmade have enrolled into a new partnership with the UK's first electric forecourt, which is due to open near Braintree, Essex, this November.

AIM, the European Brands Association, has gathered more than 85 companies to join the HolyGrail 2.0 project 

HolyGrail 2.0: Major brands sign up to explore digital watermarks to improve packaging recycling

More than 80 major European brands, including P&G, PepsiCo and Mondi will collaborate to explore the feasibility of using "digital watermarks" to improve the sorting of recyclable packaging across the European Union (EU), as part of the HolyGrail 2.0 project spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The strategy includes 24 targets in total, with 2025 targets bolstering 2030 ambitions

Tommy Hilfiger vows to become 'fully circular' by 2030

PVH-Corp-owned Tommy Hilfiger has launched a new environmental and social sustainability strategy, headlined by ambitions to make products "fully circular" and to operate "with sensitivity to planetary boundaries".

Respondents represented organisations of all sizes and major sectors

In charts: How the UK's green recovery is taking shape

EXCLUSIVE: An edie survey of more than 240 sustainability, energy and CSR professionals across the UK has revealed exactly what they make of the global reen recovery movement, and provided an update on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted day-to-day work in this sector. Here are the results...

Sofas, desks, coffee tables and office chairs are among the products available to rent. Image: JLP

John Lewis kick-starts furniture leasing trials as Ganni unveils rental-only collection

Department store John Lewis has launched a new furniture rental service, in the same week that luxury fashion brand Ganni debuted a new denim collection that is available to rent but not to purchase.

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.

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.

Iceland had been targeting a 30% cut to emissions between 2011 and 2020, but has delivered a 74% decrease. Image: Iceland/Webershandwick 

Iceland on track to become a net-zero business by 2042

Iceland Foods has revealed that it has reduced its operational emissions footprint by 74% since 2011, despite growing the business, putting it on track to reach net-zero by 2042.

Sainsbury's is widely regarded as a leader on water stewardship in the UK's retail sector, having been awarded the Carbon Trust’s Water Standard in 2017

Sainsbury's granted water self-supply licence

Sainsbury's has been awarded a self-supply licence for water and sewerage by regulator Ofwat, as it works to become 'water-neutral' by 2040.

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.

Comparisons have repeatedly been drawn between Covid-19 and the climate crisis, with businesses observing issues such as air pollution and supply chain stewardship in a new light

Three-quarters of UK businesses 'reconsidering their environmental credentials due to Covid-19'

In a survey of 500 UK-based business decision-makers, almost three-quarters (72%) said that the pandemic has made them reconsider the environmental credentials of their organisation.

Grocery, food-to-go and fashion retailers are particularly well-represented in the cohort

20 UK retailers to jointly plot course to net-zero ahead of national deadline

Boots, Next and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are among the 20 major retailers who have this week pledged to jointly develop a net-zero roadmap for the retail sector, with a target more ambitious than the national 2050 requirement.

Littered PPE presents problems for public health and the environment

O2 to install PPE recycling boxes in stores

Telecoms giant O2 will begin collecting used personal protective equipment (PPE) at UK stores this month, as part of a new partnership with Terracycle.

Image: Greenhouse PR

Rapid EV charging points to be installed at 10 major UK shopping hubs

Retail estate developer Brookhouse Group has opened rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points at seven of its busiest retail parks and unveiled plans to install chargepoints at three more locations by the end of 2020.

The secondhand luxury fashion market is currently worth $24bn and is growing more rapidly than the primary luxury fashion market

Fashion footprint: Farfetch's new tool to highlight the environmental impact of clothing

Luxury fashion platform Farfetch has launched a new tool helping online customers to choose products with lower environmental impacts, including secondhand goods and those made using innovative renewable materials.


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