New £65m Plastic Recycling Plant to Be Powered by Landfill Waste

A new £65 million plastic recycling plant will be powered by electricity made from non-recyclable rubbish. Pennon Group, the parent company of waste giant Viridor, will use power generated from its £252 million energy recovery facility in Avonmouth to supply the new site. It will be powered by diverting 320,000 …

Italian Island of Capri Bans Single-Use Plastics

If you find yourself on the island of Capri, you’d better not have a plastic fork stuck in your bag, or else you might get a €500 fine. The new ruling, effective May 15, states that no more single-use plastics are allowed on the island, unless they’re made of biodegradable …

Ethical Shoe Company Toms Moves Beyond the Buy One/Give One Model

Shoppers can now choose to support a broader range of social issues. “Wear your beliefs” is a catchy tagline that appears on the TOMS website, and the company is trying to make that more accurate than ever. The maker of simple canvas shoes has long been known for its buy …

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Starbucks Spearheads £1m Initiative to Boost Paper Cup Recycling

A £1m fund to help expand and improve paper cup recycling facilities across the UK will be launched on Thursday by the coffee giant Starbucks and environmental charity Hubbub. Local authorities, recycling companies and social enterprises will be invited to bid for grants of up to £100,000 on behalf of …

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 …

Could a Toothpaste Pill Be the Minty Solution to Cutting Landfill Waste?

Could a toothpaste pill be the minty solution to cutting landfill waste? Bite, a company that has created a sustainable and vegan tooth care solution, believes the answer is yes. It says all users need to do is bite down on the innovative tablet and start brushing with a wet …

Lidl Trials Removal of 9p Plastic Bags in Wales

Lidl is trialling the removal of 9p plastic bags from 54 of its shops in Wales. The brand says it discovered the cheap reusable bags were frequently being used just once before being thrown away – to combat this, it will now only offer 38p and 65p options. It expects …