Major milestone for Foreign Office in cutting plastic use

It has eliminated 97% of single-use plastics from its UK estate since February

Global organisations commit to eliminate plastic pollution at source

They will set targets that include eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reusable packaging models

London businesses and councils offered £5m for water refilling stations

It is part of the mayor’s efforts to reduce single-use plastic bottles

Scotland doubles funding to turn the tide on marine plastic pollution

It is offering a share of £1m to support solutions that help ‘capture, collect, recover and reprocess’ marine plastic waste

UN launches new platform to fight global plastic pollution

It aims to encourage countries to make new commitments while helping them deliver old ones

Xiamen International Marathon runs towards plastic-free future

Organisers of the annual event have set out a plan that is expected to reduce plastic waste by 50%

London mayor says 20 new water fountains will make a splash

They are part of Sadiq Khan’s ambition to reduce plastic waste across the capital

‘Record-breaking’ public support to use tax system to tackle plastic waste

The government’s recent call for evidence attracted an ‘unprecedented’ 162,000 responses

UK scheme to fight plastic pollution in overseas territories

The Darwin Plus Scheme is inviting applications until 3rd September 2018

Starbucks pledges to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020

They will be replaced with new lids designed for use without straws and paper or compostable alternatives