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Green plastic that fertilises too

What do you get if you put the chemistry, agriculture and business expertise of some graduate students together: a zero waste, biodegradable and completely environmentally friendly solution to packaging that also fertilises soil. Carapac was born out of the University of Sydney’s ‘Inventing the Future’ program, which calls on highly …

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Coca-Cola Amatil joins Australian sustainability council

Coca-Cola Amatil has become the newest member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia). The beverages company says it has “a growing commitment to sustainability” and “a sustainability framework … embedded in the organisation”. It says it reports regularly on environmental performance and has set sustainability goals …

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Happi days – new laundry liquid aims to cut plastic waste

Happi Earth certified organic laundry liquid uses paper pouches and a refillable bottle to cut plastic waste, says the manufacturer. Customers buy the liquid in 99-per-cent paper pouches and use them to refill a stainless-steel bottle. This system, claims the enterprise, “eliminates 13 plastic laundry bottles from our environment per …

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Fed up with plastic? Try corn bags instead

Foodstuffs is stepping up its fight against plastic by testing bespoke certified home compostable bags – made from corn. The Kiwi company, which owns New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square, is testing the bags in the produce, bakery and butchery departments. The trial is taking place in selected stores around …

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Sustainable packaging has hit global ‘tipping point’

Awareness of the environmental toll of plastic pollution is accelerating the drive towards sustainable packaging worldwide, says a report. According to Innova Market Insights’ ‘Top Ten Packaging Trends for 2019’, plastic packaging reached a “tipping point” in 2018. The report says it’s the result of such measures as widespread bans …

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Woolies to fund new generation of ‘environmental champions’

Woolworths says its Junior Landcare Grants program will help fund environmental initiatives in hundreds of schools across Australia. The supermarket will give 538 schools up to $1,000 each to encourage a new generation of “environmental champions”. This first round of the funding program will see up to half a million …

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Hobart to become Australia’s first plastic-free city?

Hobart could become the first Aussie city to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after a vote in the city council. The council voted eight to four in favour of the bylaw, although several hurdles remain before it would come into force. In fact, the entire statutory process could take up …

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UK’s Waitrose aiming to eradicate black plastic

UK supermarket chain Waitrose says it has hit its target to remove black plastic from hundreds of products. The supermarket’s overall aim is to eradicate black plastic from all its own-label products. It’s now removed hard-to-recycle black plastic on its fresh meat, fish, poultry, fruit and vegetables. This adds up …

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Coca-Cola Amatil says goodbye to plastic straws

Coca-Cola Amatil will no longer distribute plastic drinking straws and stirrers in Australia. Instead, the company says, it will stock fully recyclable and biodegradable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited paper straws. Group Managing Director Alison Watkins says the decision is another step forward in the company’s efforts to reduce single-use …

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