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Waitrose compostable banana bag criticised by customers


Shoppers have taken to Twitter to ask why the upmarket retailer has stocked bananas in packaging at all

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Lost Sheep claims UK first with compostable speciality coffee pods


The Nespresso-compatible pods are made from waste wood bark from the paper industry

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Recycling overhaul will put huge costs on business, says BRC


The BRC this week held talks with supplier trade bodies and packaging compliance bosses

Thorntons Plastic Free

Andrew Thornton's plastic-free aisles lead to sales rise


Thornton said he is continually looking to introduce more plastic-free lines

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Lidl to trial removal of 9p bags for life in Welsh stores


The trial in 54 Welsh stores alone is expected to save 150 tonnes of plastic a year

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Nestlé unveils lower sugar Nesquik All Natural in paper pack


With 62.5g of sugar per 100g, it is 24% less sugary than Nesquik’s regular chocolate variant

Tesco DRS

Tesco increases bottle size for trial DRS vending machines


Tesco told The Grocer it was now accepting any bottle up to three litres

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Iceland trials packaging-free fruit & veg at The Food Warehouse


Trial features 35 loose fresh produce lines

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Northern Irish Nisa makes switch to sustainable packaging


Milestone Rathfriland Nisa Extra is now selling a large proportion of its take-home meals in new Vegware packaging

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Half of Brits want clearer recycling labelling, says survey


A fifth of consumers admit mistakenly throwing non-recyclable packaging into their recycling bin


Propercorn to switch to UK packaging supplier post-Brexit


The London snack brand’s plan to move from its current supplier in Italy arose during plans to ‘mitigate risk’ after 29 March

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On-the-go plastic-free straw ‘first’ picked up by Nestlé


The straw from Swiss packaging supplier SIG is made from paperboard

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Government considering 'watered down' version of DRS


Environment secretary Michael Gove said the government was considering two options for DRS

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Deposit return scheme should come in across the entire UK

2019-02-19T13:05:00+00:00By Gavin Partington, director general of the British Soft Drinks Association

Government needs to ensure that companies operating within a DRS are not unfairly paying twice through other producer responsibility or tax schemes, says Gavin Partington of the BSDA

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MPs urge end to plastic waste exports to developing nations


The call was welcomed by campaign group A Plastic Planet

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Retailers sound warning over plans for DRS to include glass


Ministers north of the border are well ahead of the UK government’s plans for a DRS

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Aldi eliminates 5p single-use plastic bags


The move will remove an average 80 million bags a year from circulation, equating to 900 tonnes of plastic

Love Home and Planet

Unilever’s eco-friendly Love Home & Planet brand set for UK


Variants are made with cruelty-free vegan ingredients, while all scents are derived from sustainably sourced essential oils

Absolut Drop Bottle

Absolut takes ink from ‘hate signs’ to create a Drop of love


The brand collected the ink from discarded protest placards

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Reverse vending machine trial begins in Scottish c-stores

2019-01-30T09:14:00+00:00By Andrew Don

Recycling company Viridor will support the pilots by collecting and recycling the empty containers deposited

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The Grocer’s plastics webinar now available on demand

Plastics and the Packaging Conundrum sees leading experts from retail, manufacturing and campaigning being quizzed

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