Dell and General Motors Join Effort to Drive Out Ocean Plastics

A group of businesses led by the NGO Lonely Whale yesterday revealed plans to build the first commercial-scale ocean-friendly plastic supply chain, in the latest sign of the growing momentum behind efforts to tackle plastic waste. Supported by UN Environment, the NextWave initiative brings together global corporates including Dell, General …

2 UK Supermarkets Back Plastic Bottle Deposit Return Scheme Rollout

A number of countries in Europe (and elsewhere) currently employ plastic bottle deposit return programs — programs which essentially pay consumers to return their used plastic bottles to grocery stores where they are collected in exchange for cash back or store credit. Such programs have proven fairly effective at reducing …

UK Environment Department Using 1,400 Disposable Coffee Cups a Day

More than 2.5m disposable cups have been purchased by the UK’s environment department for use in its restaurants and cafes over the past five years – equivalent to nearly 1,400 a day. The Liberal Democrats’ environment spokesman, Tim Farron, said the revelation, obtained through a freedom of information request, showed …

The Amount of Plastic Produced in a Year is Roughly the Same as the...

The former boss of Asda is calling for supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging saying billions of pounds of investment in recycling has failed to resolve the world’s plastic proliferation crisis. Andy Clarke, CEO of one of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains for six years, said the only solution was for …

Wetherspoons Bans Plastic Straws

JD Wetherspoons has announced it will stop using plastic straws across its 900 pubs in the UK and Ireland by the end of this year, in a bid to curb plastic pollution. Instead it will switch to biodegradeable paper straws, with staff at the pub chain reducing the use of …

Tesco to Scrap 5p Single-Use Plastic Bags

Tesco shoppers will soon only be able to buy 10p ‘Bags for Life’ in stores, after the retailer announced plans to stop offering single-use 5p plastic carrier bags in a bid to further reduce plastic waste. From August 28th, 5p plastic bags will no longer be available in Tesco stores, …

Rubbish Acting? Coca-Cola Airs TV Advert Animated Entirely from Recycled Bottles

Coca-Cola has aired its first ever TV advert animated entirely from 100 per cent recycled packaging with the aim of encouraging more consumers to recycle used plastic bottles. The soft drinks giant’s ‘Love Story’ advert, created by advertising firm Ogilvy and Mather Berlin, tells the story of two bottles who …