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Unilever wants to roll the paper-based bottles out across its European markets and is piloting the same technology for haircare bottles

Unilever introduces paper-based bottles for laundry detergent

Unilever is set to launch its first paper-based bottles for laundry detergent in Brazil next year, with an ambition in place to introduce the packaging across Europe thereafter.

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Beer giant Corona achieves 'net-zero plastic footprint'

Beer brand Corona, which is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has announced that it is now recovering more plastic from the environment than it generates, describing the milestone as the delivery of 'net-zero plastic'.

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.

Pictured: Staff at KFC Taunton litter picking 

KFC to train all 28,000 UK staff to tackle litter

In light of the fact that many local authorities have reported an increase in littering since lockdown first began, KFC has launched a new strategy to combat the problem, including large-scale staff training.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the proposed solar farm. Image: Nissan Motor Corporation Great Britain 

Nissan invests £52m into closed-loop aluminium production at Sunderland facility

Nissan has confirmed a new £52m investment into its Sunderland facility that will enable the use of recycled and lightweight aluminium for the production of Qashqai vehicles to reduce the energy required for material processing.

A battery future

Lithium-ion batteries have enabled products that would not otherwise exist. A mobile electronic device - a cellphone, tablet, or a PC, say - would look very odd if it were powered by an internal combustion engine, and would not be mobile if the device had to be plugged into the wall to function.

Up to 80% of collected flexible plastic will be recycled in the UK

Manufacturing giants unite on £1m Flexible Plastic Fund

Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever are all supporting a new £1m initiative to improve the recyclability of "flexible" plastic bags, wrappers, films, pouches, packets and sachets.

edie Explains: The circular economy

Why is adopting a circular economy so important? What does a circular economy look like in practice? How does the circular economy apply to business? Which organisations are most suited to going circular? What are the business benefits of going circular? This new explains guide answers all these questions and more.

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Turkey to ban plastic imports after 'recycling' from UK and other nations dumped and burned

The Turkish Government has outlined plans to ban the import of certain kinds of plastic waste, after a Greenpeace investigation found that plastics sent to Turkey for recycling were actually polluting the environment.

Viridor is aiming to have the technology installed and running at its Runcorn site (pictured) by 2026

Viridor targets net-negative emissions by 2045 through carbon capture technology

Waste management firm Viridor has committed to becoming a net-zero emissions business by 2040 and to then move further by reaching net-negative emissions five years later.

Unilever is looking across its brands to find what products are suitable for less, better or no plastic

Time, innovation and partnerships: How Unilever is moving away from single-use plastics

EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief R&D officer Richard Slater tells edie how a focus on better, less and no plastic is enabling the consumer goods giant to reduce its plastics footprint globally while improving the recyclability of packaging.

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.

The new tubes have been approved by RecyClass, which sets the recyclability standard for Europe

Unilever introduces fully recyclable toothpaste tubes

Unilever is introducing recyclable toothpaste tubes to its oral care brands in two of its largest markets, as part of wider plans to convert its branded toothpaste portfolio to widely recyclable packaging by 2025.

The Government now expects the use of single-use carrier bags to fall by a further 70-80% for SMEs

10p plastic bag charge comes into force for all businesses

The UK Government has confirmed that it is increasing the levy applied to single-use plastic carrier bags to 10p.

Co-op’s new initiative will remove 29.5 million bags for life, weighing around 870 tonnes of plastic

Co-op to remove plastic bags for life from all stores

Co-op will remove plastic bags for life from sale in all 2,600 stores, citing concerns that they are increasing the amount of plastic in circulation, instead choosing to offer customers 10p compostable bags.

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.

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.

Oxo-degradable plastics have proven controversial for years

Government to explore ban on oxo-degradable plastics

The UK Government is considering introducing a ban on types of plastics that can breakdown naturally, following an evidence-gathering consultation into the environmental impacts of plastics and alternative materials.

The retailer claims that removing every plastic bag from stores nationwide will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year

Morrisons to remove all plastic bags for life from UK stores

Supermarket retailer Morrisons is removing all plastic versions of its "bags for life" from stores nationwide, in favour of paper and other reusable options, in a move that will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year.

edie Explains: Net-zero carbon heating

What is net-zero carbon heating? Why is net-zero carbon heating important? What are the different forms of net-zero carbon heating? What are the business benefits of net-zero carbon heating? This explains guide answers all of these questions and more

Recycling rates are down, so what's the solution?

The latest data from the Department for Environment & Rural Affairs shows that household recycling rates in England have increased by just over 1% in the last 5 years.

Registrants can still access recordings of all three sessions.

Available to watch on-demand: edie's Circular Economy Inspiration sessions

Experts from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea, Innovate UK and The Body Shop took part in The Circular Economy Inspiration Sessions - an afternoon of live, interactive presentations and discussions on Thursday 25 March.

Now is the time for businesses to become closed-loop activists

In the foreword for edie's new 'Single-use plastics: The 2021 roadmap for sustainable business' report Planet Patrol's Lizzie Carr outlines the need for businesses to embed the circular economy as core strategic principle.

SustyTalk: Planet Patrol's Lizzie Carr on single-use plastics and business activism

edie's #SustyTalk series continues during Circular Economy Week, with Planet Patrol's founder and activist Lizzie Carr discussing public attitudes towards single-use plastics and how businesses can become activists to help create a closed-loop future.

The Government also promised to explore the introduction of consistent recycling collections for households and businesses across England

Government launches consultations on Deposit Return Scheme and Extended Producer Responsibility

MPs have today introduced new consultations to create the largest ever overhaul to the waste and resources sector, recommending that manufacturers cover the full costs of recycling packaging waste, standardising domestic and commercial waste collection and introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for certain types of packaging in 2024.

How to start your journey towards responsible consumption and production

Helen Brand, chief executive of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) discusses the association's approach to tackling the Sustainable Development Goals, notably ones focused on resource efficiency, and how other businesses can kickstart a journey to the circular economy.

The report is free to download for edie users

edie launches updated best-practice guide for businesses tackling single-use plastics

edie has today (24 March) launched an updated report that outlines the steps businesses can and should take to identify, reduce, replace and eliminate single-use plastics from their operations, supply chains and products and services as part of efforts to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic also highlighted that some societies are more at risk from macro-disruption, whether that be disease-based or climate-induced

Why the circular economy is primed to improve social sustainability and value chain resiliency

EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fragility of both society and the sprawling value chains that the economy relies on. Shifting nations to a circular economy could be key in delivering a green recovery that champions sustainable income and environmental stewardship.

Single-use plastics: The 2021 roadmap for sustainable business

It’s been one of the biggest sustainable business issues of the past decade: tackling the scourge of single-use plastics. But has the progress delivered in 2019 off the back of the so-called “Attenborough effect” been offset by the pandemic?

The role of reused and refurbished tech in sustainable living

We at Dixons Carphone have long understood the significance of our actions and the impact we have as a business on our environment. We've been taking in our customers' e-waste since 2007 and have since built ourselves up to become the UK's biggest retail tech recycler.

Plastic recycling is rising up the environmental agenda in the UK again, with the end of lockdown on the horizon

Recycling gap: Most Brits claim they recycle plastic at home, so why aren't rates improving?

A new survey of 5,000 adults has revealed that eight in ten UK adults recycle at least three-quarters of the plastics waste produced in their homes. So why is the UK's domestic plastics recycling rate stagnating?

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.

Vaccines, Value and Partnership: How Covid-19 is shaping sustainability

Covid-19 is a wake-up call for the world. In just one short year it has exposed the fragility and unpredictability of our existence, demonstrated the value of partnerships in solving an existential threat and made it clear that we cannot simply go back to the way we were.

#SustyTalk​​: Biffa's Jeff Rhodes on the Resources and Waste Strategy

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Biffa's head of environment & external affairs Jeff Rhodes, hosted as part of our Circular Economy Week.

Food waste contaminated with plastic is often burned or sent to landfill

Use compostable packaging to boost food waste recycling, UK Government told

With separate household food waste collections set to roll out across England by 2023, Ministers are being urged to spur the adoption of compostable packaging for food products.

The week will provide edie readers with an array on insight as to how to embrace the circular economy

Circular Economy Week: edie kicks off week of zero-waste themed content and events

Running from 22-26 March, edie's Circular Economy Week includes exclusive interviews, podcasts, reports, webinars and in-depth feature articles - all dedicated to embracing closed-loop models.

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.

Mondelez expects to deliver a 10,000-tonne reduction in plastic use as a result of the new commitment

Mondelez and PepsiCo set new plastic pledges following non-profit discussions

Two of the world's largest users of plastics, Mondelez International and PepsiCo have agreed to set new reduction targets following intensive discussions with the As You Sow non-profit.

Once the roll-out is complete, Tesco believes it will host the UK's largest in-store recycling network for soft plastics

Tesco to roll out UK-wide flexible plastic recycling scheme

Tesco has begun introducing permanent in-store recycling points for soft and flexible plastics, which typically are not collected by councils, and is hoping to host them in all large UK stores.

In 2019, the brewer confirmed that efforts to halve its direct (Scope 1) and power-related (Scope 2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, against a 2016 baseline, by 2025 had been approved by the SBTi

Molson Coors unveils bottles with 90% lower carbon footprint

The Molson Coors Beverage Company is rolling out new glass beer bottles that have reduced the carbon emissions associated with production by up to 90%.

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.

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.

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.

Now's the time for businesses to double down on shared challenges and values

To seize opportunities for progress and achieve the pace and scale of positive change required, the world needs business at its best. That's why there has never been a more critical time to put B Corp values front and centre of every responsible business.

The initiative is being supported by Reverse Resources, The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and P4G

Fashion giants collaborate on Bangladesh textile reuse scheme

A group of 30 fashion brands, manufacturers and waste management firms have launched a new collaborative scheme to capture and reuse textile waste in Bangladesh.

The circular economy is a key pillar of the company’s sustainability strategy and will also assist with efforts to reduce emissions

Absolut hits recycled materials target four years early

The Absolut Company has met a target to use 50% recycled material in its glass bottles four years ahead of schedule.

To date, the partnership has prevented 250 tonnes of CO2 emissions

Costa Coffee expands food waste prevention services across UK

Costa Coffee is expanding a partnership with an anti-food-waste app to offer customers the chance to purchase surplus food from more than 1,100 stores across the UK, having saved 250 tonnes of carbon emissions through the existing collaboration.

Plans are also in place for the packaging to be rolled out across other brands next year

Nestlé reduces plastic from cereal packaging and rolls out paper Smarties packs worldwide

Well-known cereal brands including Cheerios, Shreddies and Shredded Wheat are set to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging by more than 600 tonnes annually, while Nestlé's Smarties brand is also switching to recyclable paper packaging worldwide.

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.

The EU's directive banning plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries came into force earlier this month

UK Government faces fresh accusations of backtracking on post-Brexit environment pledges

MPs and Lords, including former Shadow Environment Secretary Lord Clark, are urging the Government to prove that it won't export low-quality plastics to developing nations for recycling, arguing that policy loopholes currently exist.

According to Tennent’s, the new equipment will remove 150 tonnes of plastic from Tennent’s Lager can packs by 2022

Tennent's invests £7m to remove plastic packaging from beer cans

Scottish brewer Tennent's is investing £7m into new packaging technology at its Glasgow-based brewery which will remove more than 100 million plastic rings from its lager can packs by 2022.

A UK-wide roll-out will commence this Autumn

Heinz removes plastics from canned product packaging

Heinz is replacing plastic shrink-wrap packaging across its multipack canned products for sustainably certified paperboard, a move which will reduce the company's plastics footprint by 550 tonnes.

Brexit, waste import bans from developing nations and the forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy are likely to increase the appetite for more recycling infrastructure in the UK

Report: UK could recycle three times as much plastic by 2030

The UK could recycle 3.5 times as much plastic in 2030 as it did in 2019, if the government works with the private and public sectors to accelerate investment in collection and processing infrastructure.

Giraffe Innovation’s Rob Holdway and compere Julia Bradbury (right) present P&G with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet circular economy innovators, P&G

With less than a month until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Circular Economy Innovation of the Year, Procter & Gamble.

The bottle launch aligns with the broader sustainability strategies of Pernod Ricard, which has moved forward a target to eliminate single-use plastics from point of sales by 2021

Beefeater removes plastic from new bottle range

Beefeater has launched a new 100% recyclable bottle, featuring paper labels and an aluminium cap that will be rolled out globally across its range of gins this month.

#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.

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.

The Plastics Recovery Insight and Steering Model (PRISM) will act as a single data collection point for corporates and NGOs to access data that will inform waste management decisions

IBM to launch new data platform to map plastics waste

IBM has partnered with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) on a new data platform to help track plastic waste and recovery globally.

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.

Recent legislation does not cover non-food plastics sachets

Business leaders and politicians call for ban on non-food plastic sachets

Businesses, academics and politicians have united to call for urgent action to eliminate the use of non-food plastic sachets, warning that the world is set to consumer one trillion of them by 2030.

A UK Task Force will be set up, comprising of other departments, that will help push the strategy forward

Japan Tobacco International commits to net-zero by 2030

Japan Tobacco International (JTI UK) has committed to reaching net-zero emissions in the next decade by procuring 100% renewable energy, transitioning its UK fleet to electric vehicles (EV) and diverting waste from landfill.

Podback is discussing kerbside collection for the pods with Exeter City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council

Podback: Coffee brands join forces on UK pod recycling scheme

Brands such as Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto and Tassimo have launched a new recycling initiative that aims to get the coffee sector collaborating on a simplistic way to enable consumers to recycle coffee pods in the UK.

While many circular economy programmes are in their infancy, customers seem to be responding well, warming to the idea of more sustainable, circular products

The Great Reinvention: Cracking the code for circular economy business model innovation

After participating in edie's 'Business Model Innovation' open roundtable at Net-Zero Live earlier this month, sustainable business expert and commentator Mike Townsend explores four key shifts in search of the 'holy grail' - how we can transition to circular business models that are sustainable and profitable, yet also attractive for customers and suppliers.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there are more than 86 million tonnes of plastics in the oceans, with up to 12 million tonnes added each year

UK to support 'Paris Agreement on plastics'

The UK Minister for Pacific and the Environment, Zac Goldsmith, has revealed that the UK is willing to discuss a new global treaty to tackle plastics pollution, which has been supported by more than two-thirds of UN member states.

The company spent 18 months evaluating more than 60 formulas to find a solution with a low environmental impact

Garnier launches shampoo bars with reduced environmental impact

L'Oreal brand Garnier is launching a new range of shampoo bars, packaged in 100% recyclable materials, that offer a 25% reduction in environmental impact compared to liquid shampoos.

Plastic promises and the crisis of corporate accountability

The top 10 plastic polluters that we analysed have a joint plastic footprint of almost 10 million tonnes a year - the equivalent of 30-times the weight of the Empire State Building. Last week we sent them open letters asking them to publicly support legislation and finally take meaningful action to tackle the plastic crisis they are complicit in creating.

The initiative was meant to launch in March but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Hubbub and Coca-Cola launch on-street recycling scheme in Dublin

Environmental charity Hubbub and the Coca-Cola Foundation have launched a new on-street recycling initiative in Dublin, to increase public awareness and use of recycling infrastructure.

Unilever is aiming to use at least 25% PCR by 2025 and expects to double the amount it uses over the next 12 months

Unilever expects to double use of recycled plastics in next 12 months

Unilever has confirmed that 10% of its plastic footprint now consists of post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR), as the company pushes ahead to meet a target of halving the use of virgin plastic.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for hospitality and leisure

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, hospitality and leisure.

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.

Pictured: Equipment arriving at the recycling plant in Perthshire, Scotland. Image: Recycling Technologies

Unilever and UK Government back chemical plastic recycling innovation

A joint project hoping to scale-up chemical recycling for hard-to-recycle plastics waste, involving Unilever and synthetic fuel giant Neste, has received a £3.1m grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

More than 400 million metric tons of plastic are produced globally every year

Electrolux debuts vacuum cleaner made from 100% recycled plastics

Electrolux has unveiled the first product range as part of a new "circular initiative" with Stena Recycling, a new vacuum cleaner made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics and reused materials.

In May, Morrisons increased its target to reduce own-brand plastic packaging from 25% to 50% by 2025

Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis remove glitter from Christmas items

Three retailers, Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis, have met commitments to phase-out glitter from Christmas products due to the damage the microplastics can cause to the natural environment.

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.

In 2019, Ikea sold around 300 million alkaline batteries globally

Ikea to phase-out sales of non-rechargeable batteries to cut back on waste

Ikea has confirmed that it will stop selling non-rechargeable alkaline batteries from its stores by October 2021, after lifecycle assessments found that the environmental impacts of the batteries were much higher than rechargeable alternatives.

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 three companies are inviting other food brands to become sponsors of the initiative. Image: Ella's Kitchen

Danone, Ella's Kitchen and TerraCycle launch UK-wide recycling scheme for food pouches

Baby food brand Ella's Kitchen will partner with Danone Yoghurt and TerraCycle to launch a UK recycling programme for flexible food pouch packaging, in a bid to reduce the volume of material being sent to landfill.

Boots’ recycling partner ReWorked will collect the items to be refashioned into new products

Boots launches takeback scheme for hard-to-recycle products

Boots has become the latest retailer to launch an in-store take-back scheme for hard-to-recycle packaging and products, offering customers £5 worth of loyalty points for every five products deposited.

Closing the loop in a post-Covid-19 landscape

The impact that Covid-19 has had on communities around the world is unprecedented. The face mask - now a ubiquitous symbol of the global pandemic - serves as an ongoing reminder that a virus invisible to the human eye has forced communities across the world to retreat and entire nations to shut down.

Iceland has today published its own plastic footprint, which totals 32,000 tonnes across its UK and international operations

Iceland joins campaigners to call for better corporate reporting on plastics

Retailer Iceland had today (16 September) joined forces with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, A Plastic Planet and Surfers Against Sewage in calling for corporates to better disclose their plastics consumption.

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.

Unilever has pledged to transition to more sustainable sources of carbon, in line with its 2039 net-zero commitment

Unilever's Persil switches to bio-based formula and recycled plastic bottles

Unilever-owned cleaning brand Persil has launched a new liquid formulation made from plant-based stain removers and biodegradable ingredients that will be packaged in fully recyclable bottles made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic.

The report is supported by companies representing more than $18trn in assets under management

Banking and finance giants issue support for circular economy investment

More than 30 chief executives from some of the world's largest banks and asset managers, including BlackRock, Barclays, Lloyds, ING and the European Investment Bank, have backed new research from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) highlighting how green finance can spur the circular economy.

L’Oreal confirmed that it will source 100% of the plastics used in its packaging from recycling or bio-based sources by 2030

L'Oréal launches bottles made from 100% recycled plastic and rolls out Maybelline recycling scheme

L'Oreal has confirmed that bottles of Paris Elvive will be made from 100% recycled plastic, on the same day that its Maybelline brand launched a UK recycling programme in partnership with TerraCycle.

The initiative, which will be trialled next year, will aim to reduce the number of beverages served in single-use containers.

McDonald's joins TerraCycle's Loop programme to trial reusable cups

The world's largest restaurant company McDonald's has launched a new global partnership to utilise the Loop collection model from TerraCycle that will see reusable and returnable cups trialled to cut back on single-use plastics.

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.

Currently, 87% of Nestlé’s packaging is already recyclable or reusable

Nestle invests in food-grade recycled plastics as part of closed-loop innovation drive

Nestlé has launched a new £22m ($30m) investment to increase the amount of food-grade recycled plastics it uses in packaging, has launched a new refill system for pet food and will trial recyclable paper packaging for certain brands.

If the trials in the South East prove successful, a national rollout will commence early next year. Image: Co-op

Co-op launches in-store collection scheme for single-use plastics

Co-op has started an in-store collection system for "scrunchable" plastics, including carriers bags, yoghurt pots and food wrappers, which will be processed into waste disposal bin liners to be used by the retailer.

 The move supports Coca-Cola’s ambition in Western Europe to use 100% rPET and eliminate the use of virgin-based plastics within the next decade 

Coca-Cola switches to 100% recycled plastics across Netherlands and Norway

Coca-Cola is set to roll out bottles made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) in the Netherlands and Norway, as part of the company's latest efforts in Western Europe to eliminate the use of virgin oil-based plastics in its products.

The prototypes have been formed as part of an innovative group of businesses working towards eliminating the use of plastics for certain containers

Absolut to trial 2,000 paper-based drinks bottles

The Absolut Company will trial 2,000 paper-based bottle prototypes across Sweden and the UK later this year, to test the viability of paper as an alternative to single-use plastics in beverage applications.

By 2036, the circular economy could add £35bn to the UK economy

Report: Circular economy can halve emissions of UK infrastructure projects

Transitioning to a circular economy can assist in the net-zero transition, with a new report supported by AECOM stating that carbon reductions of up to 50% can be delivered and £35bn generated for the UK economy by using closed-loop materials throughout the design process of infrastructure projects.

The new Pact builds on similar initiatives in the UK, Chile, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and South Africa

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Plastics Pact in US, supported by 60 major signatories

Mars, Unilever and Kimberly-Clark are among the 60+ organisations to have committed to the new US version of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Plastics Pact, which aims to create a fully circular economy for plastics.

E-waste contains materials including copper, iron, gold, silver and platinum

Work restarts at UK's first commercial refinery for recycled metals from e-waste

Work to create the UK's first commercial-scale refinery extracting precious metals from waste electronics and electricals has restarted after Covid-19 related delays, meaning that the facility should become operational within 12 months.

rial, Magnum will roll out the tubs across Europe by the end of the year and globally from 2021

Magnum to roll out recycled plastic ice cream tubs globally

Ice cream brand Magnum is set to introduce plastic tubs consisting of recycled plastic across all its markets, a move that will see an estimated 160,000kg of certified recycled material used by the end of 2020 across Europe.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which found that an all-in system would generate £2bn over a 10-year period

MPs outline support for 'all-in' deposit return system

A group of 20 MPs have signed a motion calling for all materials to be covered by a UK deposit return scheme for cups, bottles and containers to boost recycling rates.

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.

Starbucks introduced strawless lids on select beverages, in a move that is set to save 40 million plastics straws from being used across the EMEA market

Starbucks reintroduces reusable cups to stores

Starbucks has stopped a temporary ban on reusable cups in stores that was introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.


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