UK Scouts to inspire young people to tackle plastic pollution

The initiative will be supported by a new international exchange programme, allowing Scouts from the UK and Kenya to visit one another

UK Government proposes doubling plastic bag charge to 10p

It could also be extended to all shops across the country

US supermarket giant Kroger to bin plastic bags by 2025

The company also aims to divert 90% of its waste from landfill by 2022

Plastic bag sales in England plunge 86% since 5p charge

The biggest seven supermarkets in England bought nearly a quarter fewer plastic bags last year

Iceland trials 10p paper bags in war against plastic

It aims to find out if customers are willing to ditch plastic carrier bags and pay 10p for an alternative

Morrisons introduces paper bags to fight plastic pollution

It expects to roll them out in all 493 stores by the end of the summer

World’s toughest law against plastic bags?

  A plastic bag ban, believed to be the toughest in the world, has come into force in Kenya. Those manufacturing, selling or even using them could face fines of up to $38,000 (£29,339) or be imprisoned for up to four years. Enforcement will however initially be directed at manufacturers and suppliers. While the government […]

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 […]

UN launches campaign to stop oceans of plastic

The UN has launched a global campaign to eliminate marine litter. Dubbed #CleanSeas, it aims to get rid of micro plastics in cosmetics and the excessive usage of single-use plastic bags by 2022. It is urging governments to implement plastic reduction policies, targeting industry to minimise plastic packaging and redesign products. UN Environment is also […]

UK plastic bag use up for fifth year

The number of plastic bags used in the UK has risen for the fifth year running. New figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) revealed shoppers took 8.5 billion single-use carrier bags from major supermarkets last year – up 200 million from 2013. It also found the average household has 40 […]