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Lightweighting vs reformulation: more similar than you think?

Benchmarking is a useful tool across many industries, as businesses examine their processes and products in order to achieve best practice. In the packaging industry, lightweighting – the reduction of packaging weight by streamlining or changing material – can be a key metric for success, in order to reduce environmental impact and save on Producer…

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Will the UK Government Introduce New Plastic Taxes?

In November’s budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said he would work with the Environment Secretary Michael Gove to investigate how the tax system and charges on single use plastics could reduce waste. After the introduction of the carrier bag charge in 2015, sales of single use plastic carrier bags have reduced by…

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So what actually is the food waste problem?

The previous blog post explored some ways in which packaging may help resolve the issue of food waste. Packaging can help preserve and protect food, reducing losses before retail and enabling consumers to store fresh food longer. However, food waste is not a simple problem, and there are many factors involved. This post will discuss…

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How could packaging help reduce food waste?

The previous two posts in this blog series have drawn attention to what food waste actually is, and considered why it’s a problem. One reason food waste is concerning is due to resource wastage, not just of food itself but of agricultural and financial resources which are used to produce and purchase food. This post…

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Why is food waste a problem?

The first blog post of this four part series about food waste sought to clarify what food waste is. Food waste incorporates any food components removed from the food supply chain for recovery or disposal, of which a considerable chunk is from households. Of this, 60% is estimated to be avoidable. The last section of…

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What actually is food waste?

This blog post is a first in a series about food waste. Food waste has been identified as a significant issue in the UK, and indeed globally, and is a focus of some UK government policy, and campaigning by WRAP. This blog series aims to discuss the problem of food waste, and explore what is…

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Design for Environment: does EPR encourage it?

As more and more countries around the world begin to implement varying forms of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), it is worth pausing to consider what the desired outcomes of EPR are. The first, in most cases, is as a tax, or an investment in the recycling industry. This means less waste reaching landfill sites and…

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Global EPR: some interesting systems

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) across the EU has followed similar structures, such as the predominance of a system for packaging and legal obligations for action and payments for covered producers. This is hardly surprising giving the presence of EU directives for these schemes. However, such directives are not present for many countries globally, meaning there…

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Join our Team as a Data Analyst

This post has now closed but you may be interested to read about working at ecoVeritas below. We are currently recruiting for a Data Analyst. Below, one of our team talks about what he enjoys about working for ecoVeritas. George Edwards, Data Analyst I started at ecoVeritas just after finishing a Master’s degree at the…

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Plastic Bottle waste in the UK – what to do?

British adults are suggested to use over 7.5 billion single-use plastic bottles each year, the majority of which are not recycled. One factor linked to this is the reluctance of consumers to obtain free tap water from businesses, especially when a purchase has not been made. Recent research into the provision, usage and perception of…

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