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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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1.5bn single-use plastic bags saved in 4 months

A total of 1.5 billion single-use plastic bags have been saved since July, says the National Retail Association (NRA). This staggering figure emerged once major supermarkets put their self-imposed bans into action in the winter. Woolworths’ and Coles’ voluntary bans also coincided with a state-wide government ban coming into effect …

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PepsiCo ANZ and REDcycle to turn chip packets into furniture

PepsiCo ANZ has partnered with REDcycle to transform discarded chip packets into a range of “sturdy products”, including furniture. REDcycle processing partner, Replas, specialises in converting soft plastics into fitness circuits, outdoor furniture, bollards and signage, among other products. All consumers have to do is drop off their chip packets …

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German giant Lidl unveils plastic-free initiatives

Lidl will remove black plastic packaging from its entire fruit and vegetable range across all 195 Ireland and Northern Ireland stores before Christmas. It follows a similar move in Lidl’s other UK stores. The supermarket will scrap packaging, which cannot be recycled, from fresh fish products by February 2019. Fresh …

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Business and government team up to tackle waste

The government has joined business leaders in pledging to reduce packaging waste and improve recycling by launching the 2025 National Packaging Targets. Minister for the Environment Melissa Price joined leaders from packaging, retail, logistics, manufacturing, recycling and waste-management businesses. They all pledged to manage packaging waste better. Australia’s 2025 National Packaging …

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Tesco UK re-surfaces car park – with plastic bags

A UK branch of Tesco has found an innovative use for waste plastic – re-surfacing its car park. It did so using the equivalent weight of 225,000 plastic bags, thereby saving more than 900kg of plastic from landfill. The retail giant worked in partnership with MacRebur, a plastic-road company. It …

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