Supermarkets in Thailand and Vietnam Swap Plastic Packaging for Banana Leaves

Thailand and Vietnam are two of the five countries that account for 60 percent of the plastic in the world’s oceans, according to a 2015 study. Now, Vice reported Friday that supermarkets in both countries are going back to nature to find an alternative to plastic bags: banana leaves. A …

EU Plastic Packaging Recycling Almost Doubled Since 2005

The recycling rate of plastic packaging in the EU stood at more than 42% in 2016, almost double the figure seen in 2005. That’s according to latest figures from Eurostat, which also reveal the recycling rate for packaging waste exceeded 67% during the same period. In total, it found the …

Are Companies Feeling the Pressure from Sustainable Consumers?

The world’s leading suppliers of groceries, personal care products, household goods and consumer electronics are racing to adapt to sustainably-minded consumers. That’s the verdict from environmental non-profit CDP, which has published a new report showing the ‘Fast Moving Consumer Goods’ FMCG sector is having to change its business models in …

M&S Launches New ‘Eco Bag’ to Reduce Plastic Waste

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new eco-shopping bag that helps prevent waste and reduce poverty among people living in Haiti and the Philippines. Launching in stores on 6th November, the re-usable bag is made from 75% Social Plastic©, which is plastic waste that has been collected and recycled …

France: Non-Recycled Plastic Will Cost 10 Percent More

France will roll out a series of measures to accelerate President Emmanuel Macron’s goal of reaching 100 percent plastic recycling by 2025, a government official said Sunday. “Declaring war on plastic is not enough. We need to transform the French economy,” Junior Environment Minister Brune Poirson told French newspaper Le …

New Labelling Helps UK Shoppers Avoid Plastic Packaging

A new plastic-free “trust mark” is being introduced today, allowing shoppers to see at a glance whether products use plastic in their packaging. The label will be prominently displayed on food and drink products, making it easier for consumers to choose greener alternatives. UK supermarket Iceland and Dutch supermarket chain …