Consumers are increasingly demanding plastic-free solutions for their shopping and retailers are finally taking notice, or so it seems. And it’s not only retailers who are making changes, but a range of other organisations are also taking steps to try and stem the tide of plastic waste entering our lakes, rivers, oceans and earth.
Consumers who think they are being environmentally friendly by using bags that have been marketed as biodegradable are likely to be disappointed to hear some of these products were still fully intact after three years in the soil and sea.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK’s plastic food and drink packaging, now seeking written submissions to ascertain what progress has been made in developing and using alternatives to – and reducing the public’s use of – this kind of packaging.
If you do a lot of driving between the north-west and London, whether for business or pleasure, no doubt you’re aware that an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is due to be introduced in central London from April 8th this year, in the same area as the Congestion Charge.
A new study, thought to be the first of its kind, has found that microplastic pollution is present in some of the UK’s most remote and iconic rivers and lakes, with the researchers now saying that these findings show that microplastics should now be viewed as an emergent contaminant.
The government is trying to improve recycling rates across the UK, and wants to find out what the public thinks about its current reprocessing systems around the country by launching a consultation.
A new report looking into fibre2fibre recycling is the first to look into the economic factors that influence this practice, assessing how it may help clothe our country in the future.