Boston Tea Party ‘first’ to ban plastic coffee cups

It will only sell hot drinks in reusable cups from 1st June 2018

Energy supplier banned from taking on new customers

Iresa’s licence could ultimately be revoked if its customer service issues are not resolved within three months

Boris Johnson orders Foreign Office to bin plastics

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is to eliminate single-use plastics from its UK operations by the end of 2018. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also pledged to do the same from its global operations by 2020, making it the first UK Government department to announce such a ban. The FCO, in recent weeks, has […]

Scotland to ban plastic buds

The manufacture of plastic-stemmed cotton buds is to be banned under new plans from the Scottish Government. The move follows concerns about the number of buds being washed up on beaches after being flushed down toilets. Many large retailers have already switched to paper-based biodegradable alternatives following an environmental campaign but plastic ones are still being […]

UK bans plastic microbeads

  The UK has today introduced a ban on the manufacture of products containing plastic microbeads. The government says the move is one of “the world’s toughest bans” on the sub-millimetre diameter balls, which are used to improve the appearance and texture of many shower gels, exfoliators and toothpastes. Cosmetics and personal care products will […]

Scottish Parliament backs fracking ban

Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of the government’s decision to ban fracking. The Scottish Government announced it would not support the controversial method of extracting shale gas earlier this month. It followed a consultation, which received more than 60,000 responses, with around 99% of respondents opposed to fracking and less […]

Industry reacts to Scotland’s fracking ban

The Scottish Government’s decision to ban fracking is a “blow” to the country. That’s the view of petrochemicals giant INEOS, which believes Scotland will miss out on economic and employment benefits “that will be enjoyed by the rest of the UK”, including an estimated 3,100 Scottish jobs. Tom Pickering, Operations Director at INEOS Shale said: […]

Scottish Government says no to fracking

The Scottish Government has announced a ban on fracking. It had imposed a moratorium on fracking in 2015 but ministers had been debating if it should be made permanent. Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs fracking “cannot and will not take place in Scotland” as the government has a “moral responsibility” to tackle climate […]

Irish parliament backs bill to ban fracking

Ireland moved a step closer to banning onshore fracking as its parliament backed a new bill yesterday. England is becoming increasingly isolated among its neighbours on the issue, with fracking already banned in France and in the Netherlands until 2020, with temporary bans in place for Scotland and Wales. The Conservative Party and UKIP back […]

Kenya bans all plastic shopping bags

Kenya has banned the use, manufacture and import of all plastic shopping bags. The rule, which will come into force in six months, is already in place in a number of other African nations, including Rwanda and Morocco. Approximately 100 million plastic bags are handed out each year by Kenyan supermarkets alone. Plastic waste has […]