Sustainability

Food waste pilot

Food waste pilot

The Government has announced a new pilot scheme supported by £15m of additional funding to reduce food waste from retail and manufacturing sources[7]. The scheme will be developed over the coming months in collaboration with businesses and charities and will launch in 2019/20.

UK initiatives to reduce pollution by plastic packaging

A new £1.4m ‘UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition’ was launched at the inaugural annual meeting of the UK Plastics Pact, held in London in October, to support creative business ideas to stop plastic being thrown away[3].

collaboration on plastic recycling

Collaboration on plastics recycling

Unilever and Veolia have signed an agreement to work jointly on technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics across various geographies, starting in India and Indonesia[2].

The companies acknowledge that the issue of plastic waste is a shared responsibility that requires bold action across the value chain to develop and scale up collection and reprocessing infrastructure, which is critical in the transition towards a circular economy.

plastic packaging

EU implements ban on single-use plastics

Single-use plastic items, such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted in October 2018[1].

These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by the European Parliament.

Products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging, and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene have also been added to this list.

black plastic

Recycling black plastic

Three major retailers, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, have joined forces with plastic packaging manufacturer, Faerch Plast, and recycling and waste management company, Viridor, to put recycled black plastic into new food grade packaging[6, 7]. The aim is to provide a circular economy solution to a previously challenging material that was difficult to recycle and to reduce the amount of virgin plastic entering the economy.

Eco-design shapes product innovation and development

Namy Espinoza-Orias of Nestlé describes the company’s Sustainability by Design process, showing how it has been used to improve environmental performance.

Sustainable farming practices

Keston Williams, Technical Director of Barfoots, explains the company’s philosophy on sustainability and innovation and gives examples of projects that have increased the efficiency and sustainabil

Sustainable diets for a healthy planet

Brigitte Alarcon, Sustainable Diets Business and Policy Officer of WWF-UK, describes WWF’s work to encourage the adoption of sustainable diets to help maintain a healthy planet. She outlines the findings of the EU LiveWell for LIFE project, in which WWF-UK was the co-ordinating partner.

Food futures

A new WRAP report outlines risks to the UK food system over the next ten years if we don’t embrace a business unusual approach to the way we manufacture, sell and consume food.

Food sustainability - waste not want not

As the impact of food and drink waste becomes an ever bigger ethical, environmental and economic issue, Sterling Crew and Thomas Crew of Kolak Snack Foods look at the challenges and opportunities behind the waste of food and drink. They review its impact, drivers, management and reduction.

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