Wrap’s Plastic Packaging Factsheet

Wrap’s Plastic Packaging Factsheet is now available online. Read it here. Below is a brief summary from the introduction about the aims of this document. The way a plastic is designed to behave alongside what material it’s made from, affects what it can be used for as well as how it can be recycled and…

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The Cucumber Problem: Is Shrink Wrapping that Bad?

Major food and drink retailers, particularly supermarkets, are one after the other releasing statements of intent on reduction of plastic packaging. This was stimulated by public demand, but certainly encouraged by Iceland’s announcement of its intent to eliminate plastic packaging from its own-brand products by 2023. The stimulus created by Iceland’s announcement is to be encouraged…

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Disposable Coffee Cups – the real enemy?

Apparently, fewer than 1% of the 2.5Bn disposable coffee cups we use each year in the UK are recycled. If an individual uses a single-use disposable cup every day of the year, that’s 10Kg of waste. The UK Environment Department is alleged to dispose of 1,400 cups per working day… and so on. The list…

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The Tide is Turning on Plastic Pollution

ecoVeritas has been following the wave of stories about plastic pollution, especially in the oceans since November 2017. Two things seem to have kick-started national interest in this subject – in mid November, David Attenborough’s powerful series, Blue Planet II brought the issues of ocean pollution to the public consciousness. This influential national treasure gave…

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A Life Less Plastic – tips to reduce plastic use

This article is reposted from the blog of artist Now Then, Sunshine, who is challenging herself and her family to a plastic-free Lent: A Life Less Plastic. Below are some top tips about how to reduce plastic. This is a topic close to us here at ecoVeritas. We are following news about government policy, supermarket…

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China Plastic Import Ban

On 1st January 2018 China stopped importing 24 kinds of solid waste including plastic bottles and containers and mixed papers, saying that much of it is too hazardous to recycle. This is a wakeup call for the UK, which has traditionally exported the lion’s share of its plastic exports to China and Hong Kong. Some of the resulting…

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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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Is Cellophane Paper or Plastic? The ecoVeritas Christmas Lunch

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the ecoVeritas Christmas Lunch. This year, the ecoVeritas team bundled into a taxi for a brief tour of the city of Oxford en route the eagerly awaited meal at the Red Lion pub in the centre of town. Once the starter course was underway, the Secret Santa’s…

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