British Businesses Unaware of New Plastic Packaging Tax

Seventy-seven per cent of senior decision makers in retail and manufacturing who participated in a YouGov survey commissioned by Veolia remain unaware of Britain’s new Plastic Packaging Tax only days before it comes into effect. The new tax places a £200 per tonne levy on producers or importers of plastic packaging if they do not…


Rewarding Consumers of Sustainable Beauty Products

A new partnership between UK loyalty app Embargo and eco-beauty brand Faith In Nature will incentivise purchases of refillable products.   App users buying qualifying products at participating outlets will be rewarded with loyalty points which can later be traded for free product refills.   According to the company’s literature, Faith In Nature currently saves…


Why Ocean-bound Plastic Could Soon Have a Place in your Office

Oliver Cripps, Sustainability Manager for Herman Miller, explains why upcycling ocean-bound plastics for use in offices is a logical extension of product life cycle planning. COP26 has now been and gone, but the focus by companies to consider sustainability as a fundamental aspect of the way they do business remains critical in the path to…


Sustainable Ironmongery: Why Product Life Cycle Really Matters

16.07.2021, 12:09 Sustainable Ironmongery: Why Product Life Cycle Really Matters Sustainability is set to play an increasingly important role in ironmongery, as in other sectors where it is driving discussion globally.   There has always been a certain ebb and flow towards sustainability. While it’s often recognised as critical, differing points of view and priorities…


Saving Plastic and Lives

22.03.2021, 08:38 Saving Plastic and Lives On World Water Day, Dutch charity Made Blue and MIW have launched a water fountain offering UK consumers the option to donate 75p via a QR code to clean water projects in developing countries.   The small contribution will guarantee at least 500 litres of clean, fresh drinking water to a community…


Supporting the Plastic Circular Economy

28.01.2021, 12:45 Supporting the Plastic Circular Economy Veolia UK & Ireland has expanded its plastic recycling capacity in the United Kingdom by 8,000 tonnes, and extended processing to over 100 different grades of the material in line with new targets for reducing environmental leakage and returning plastic to the supply chain for reuse.   Working…


Inauguration of ESA Chair

27.11.2020, 14:12 Inauguration of ESA Chair Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President of Veolia UK & Ireland, has been inaugurated as the new Chair of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), succeeding Viridor managing director, Phil Piddington.   ESA Chairs are elected bi-annually from its board of directors, with member organisations having invested billion of pounds during the…


Record UK Investment in Plastic Recycling Technology

16.10.2020, 00:11 Record UK Investment in Plastic Recycling Technology UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing £20 million in four cutting-edge recycling plants that reduce landfill and incineration of waste plastics, and recycle waste into sustainable plastics. The investment from the organisation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund combines with £65 million of industry funding to create…


Supporting Recycling with Deposit Schemes

13.10.2020, 11:45 Supporting Recycling with Deposit Schemes Andrea Falco, Head of Sales at HSM, explains why the rest of the UK will follow Scotland’s decision to introduce a deposit scheme for bottles and cans in 2022 to support recycling. It’s estimated consumers in the United Kingdom drink their way through a staggering 14 billion plastic…


Decreasing Plastic Furniture Pollution

18.04.2019, 13:26 Decreasing Plastic Furniture Pollution The need for plastic has increased substantially since the first fully synthetic plastic, Bakelite, was invented in 1907. Figures now show almost 100 million tonnes of plastic is consumed every year, with 20,000 plastic drinks bottles being purchased every second, and less than 50 per cent of these ending…


Ending Plastic Waste

Cryovac and Bubble Wrap protective packaging manufacturer Sealed Air Corporation has joined The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a new global organisation whose members have pledged US $1.5 billion towards ending plastic waste. Explaining the decision, Ted Doheny, Sealed Air President and CEO, said: “The Alliance brings together key members across the value chain, from…


The Last Straw

22.02.2019, 12:37 The Last Straw IFMA UK has joined forces with Greenpeace and children-run charity Kids Against Plastic! in the environmental battle against single use plastic. With an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic released into our oceans every year – half of it single use, damage to sea life is on the increase, with…

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