Aldi to Trial Plastic-Free Veg at Its Stores in England

Aldi is extending a trial to eliminate the use of plastic packaging for some fresh vegetables at its stores in England. The supermarket started selling five loose fresh produce, including savoy cabbage, white and red cabbage, pointed cabbage and cauliflower, without plastic wrapping in Scotland earlier this year. It says …

McDonald’s Puts the Freeze on McFlurry Plastic Packaging

McDonald’s has announced it is to stop using single-use plastic to package its McFlurry ice creams and salad options. Once the environmentally-friendly change comes into effect in September, the brand expects it will reduce plastic waste by around 485 tonnes every year. Instead, the food options will be served in …

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Ireland Awards €7m for Energy Efficiency in Schools

A total of 17 schools in Ireland are to benefit from a €7 million (£6m) fund for the installation of energy efficiency measures. The government-funded pilot scheme aims to create a scalable model for energy-saving retrofitting for schools, targeting a 33% reduction in energy consumption as well as testing delivery …

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IKEA Introduces Environmentally-Friendly Ice Cream

IKEA has introduced an environmentally-friendly vegan ice cream to its Bistro menu in Europe. Starting from April 2019, the retailer will sell its sustainable strawberry-flavour soft ice, which it says has almost half the carbon footprint of traditional dairy-based soft ice and is one of the most popular IKEA Bistro …

Finland Approves 2029 Coal Ban For Energy Use

Finland has brought forward its coal phase-out date by one year, according to reports, with the new deadline set for May 1, 2029, after which coal will be banned from use as an energy source except in an emergency. Reuters reported last Friday that the Finnish Parliament approved on Wednesday …

One in Six Pints of Milk Thrown Away Each Year, Study Shows

One in six pints of milk produced around the world is lost or wasted, according to research conducted at Edinburgh University for the Guardian. Sixteen percent of dairy products – 116m tonnes – is lost or discarded globally each year, according to Prof Peter Alexander, a member of the newly …

Grate New Solar Plant Powers Cheese Processing Facility

A giant solar farm that is powering a cheese processing facility in Northern Ireland has been launched. The 5MW project is providing green electricity to Dale Farm’s cheddar cheese plant at Dunmanbridge in Cookstown and consists of 15,500 solar panels. It will provide around 20% of the cheese factory’s power …