November's Plastic Pollution News & Headlines

The issue of plastic pollution is spreading around the world and new legislature, corporate commitments and statistics are being released every few weeks!

Here are 6 of the top headlines from around the world related to plastic pollution for November 2019.

Plastic pollution at supermarkets

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Supermarkets must ditch fruit and veg packaging and sell by dates to cut waste, Government backed advice says

According to The Telegraph, "supermarkets must ditch plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables and remove sell-by dates in order to reduce waste, a new government-backed report has said.

New advice for packaging and labelling fresh produce has been produced by waste reduction body Wrap, the Food Standards Agency and Defra to tackle one of the biggest areas of food waste.

Around a fifth of food brought into UK homes ends up as waste, including £4 billion worth of binned fruit and vegetables, costing the average household hundreds of pounds a year."

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Boots cuts 149 tonnes of plastic from gift range ahead of Christmas season

According to Enviro30, "Boots has cut 149 tonnes of plastic from its own-brand gift range ahead of the festive season.

The pharmaceutical retailer has also committed to reduce the amount of plastic packaging used in its online deliveries by 76% – it says it will stop using bubble wrap, parcel tape and plastic delivery bags, in order to stop 136 tonnes of plastic being used annually."

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Black plastic to be banned from supermarkets by Christmas

"Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Asda will stop using black plastic in their products by the end of the year, according to a new report.

The four major supermarkets will follow in the steps of Morrison’s which announced a ban on the hard to recycle material last week, The Grocer reported.

Iceland and Aldi were also planning to drop black plastic from their own-label food and drink ranges by the end of 2020," according to The Metro.

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Primark plastic pollution

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Shopping with us greener than online, claims Primark’s owner

"The owner of Primark has defended the fast-fashion industry and said that shopping on the high street was more environmentally friendly than online delivery vans “puffing their way up and down a street," reports The Times.

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Plastic pollution rivers

Four technologies tackling the problem of plastic pollution in rivers

Dezeen reports that recently the "The Ocean Cleanup turned its attention to river plastic and launched the Interceptor, a floating device it claims can harvest up to 100,000 kilograms of plastic waste per day.

Most ocean plastic starts off in rivers. From bubble curtains to googly-eyed trash wheels, here are four technologies designed to intercept river plastic before it gets to the sea.

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Koala injured in Australia wildfires

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Fires May Have Killed Up To 1,000 Koalas, Fueling Concerns Over The Future Of The Species

While not directly related to plastic pollution, this headline along with the news of the passing of rescued koala Ellenborough Lewis, broke our hearts. 

According to Forbes, the Australian Koala Foundation says that koalas are now functionally extinct.

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This blog post is is written in memory of Ellenborough Lewis. May you now rest in peace, little one.


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