The climate emergency is also a plastic pollution emergency. The plastic footprint of UK supermarkets is bigger than ever. Ahead of the general election, here’s a deep-dive into plastic policies the political parties have presented in their manifestos.
Public concern about plastic pollution is at a high, and promises to tackle the problem are pouring out of supermarket PR machines. But new research shows that the plastic footprint of the top 10 UK supermarkets has actually increased over the past year. Here’s the breakdown.
Global brands with plastic footprint of over 5 million tonnes are still failing on plastic
The government made great promises that reducing plastic at source would be central to new environmental regulations it was planning. But the proposals, published earlier this week, fell far short of much-needed targets to reduce single-use plastics.
A major loophole in the Environment Bill will give the government nearly two decades to meet future legally-binding targets.
People power works! After huge public pressure Sainsbury’s recently pledged to cut their plastic usage by 50% by 2025 – a move which could see plastic reduction across the whole industry.
With London Fashion Week about to get underway, it’s time for this wasteful industry to clean up its act.
Supermarket reveals plans to cut plastic by 50% and look at reusable and refillable packaging
To win the war on plastic, Environment Secretary Michael Gove should make sure the upcoming Environment Bill sets targets in law to radically reduce the amount of plastic we make and use.