Love Essex campaign urges people to sign up to plastics reduction pledge

The ‘Love Essex Not Plastic’ campaign aims to highlight the issue of single-use plastics and urge households to switch to reusable options and recycle more

Aldi to trial new carrier bags to save 1,300 tonnes of plastic a year

The most popular option will be rolled out across the UK at the end of the trial and offered alongside Aldi’s other reusable bags

Asda’s new pledges to fight plastic waste

Asda has become the latest supermarket to join the fight against plastic waste. It has pledged to “use less and recycle more”, aiming to reduce the amount of plastic in its packaging by 10% this year and work with suppliers and experts to find new ways to replace it and introduce more recyclable solutions. It […]

Tesco scraps 5p carrier bags for 10p ‘Bags for Life’

Tesco is to stop the sale of 5p carrier bags across the UK from the end of the month and instead offer 10p “Bags for Life”. The move follows a 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, which the supermarket claims led to a 25% cut in bag sales as shoppers brought their own or […]

Supermarket shoppers used more plastic bags in 2012

Supermarket shoppers used more plastic bags last year than in 2011, according to waste body WRAP. Data published today shows Brits used 8.1 billion thin-gauge or single-use bags in supermarkets, a rise of 1.3% on the previous year. This shows a slight hitch in supermarkets’ plans to drop plastic bag use in the UK although […]

Scotland slaps 5p charge on plastic carrier bags

Scotland is following the lead from Wales and slapping a charge of five pence on single use carrier bags to encourage people to use less of them. Wales brought in a 5p charge two years ago and last week the Scottish Government announced its own rule will kick in by October 2014. All Scottish retailers […]