Single-use plastics: Government consults on standards for greener alternatives

It aims to identify gaps and get expert advice on the overall sustainability of bio-based and biodegradable plastic products

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Guinness goes green with plastic-free packaging

Drinks giant Diageo says plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap will be also removed from packs of Harp, Rockshore and Smithwick’s beers

Co-op to replace single-use plastic bags with compostable ones

The new alternatives can be reused as food waste caddy liners

Design studio sculpts green cups out of veg

CRÈME is using dried-out gourd to provide a compostable alternative to paper and plastic containers

Co-op launches compostable shopping bags to boost recycling

Shoppers at Co-operative food stores are being offered compostable carrier bags (pictured) that can be used as liners for food waste bins. The bags have been trialled in several areas in England and is now being rolled out across 400 of its stores in 81 local authority areas where householders are required to use compostable […]

MPs open inquiry into 5p plastic bag charge

MPs will look at how best to cut the use of plastic shopping bags in a new inquiry launched by the Environmental Audit Committee. Their main focus will be the impact of the proposed 5p charge on plastic bags due to start in England in 2015. The MPs will examine its potential effect on the […]

Wake up and smell the sustainable coffee

A convenient cup of joe no longer has to come at the expense of the environment, according to a UK firm which has developed a biodegradable coffee pod (pictured). Biome Bioplastics said it was responding to the rising popularity of coffee machines which use single-use pods or capsules, which are difficult to recycle and usually […]

Paterson plans to set standard for biodegradable bags

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said he wants to set an industry standard for biodegradable carrier bags in tandem with the 5p charge on plastic bags announced by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. Bags which complied could be sold at a lower cost or avoid the new 5p bag charge entirely. Speaking at the Conservative […]