Forget cashmere – this season, the hot new material is coal

The fossil fuel is increasingly being used as a raw material for making polyester fibres and resins

Plastic waste
Teysha Technologies develops biodegradable plastic alternatives

Its AggiePol bio-plastic is derived from sustainable, natural feedstocks such as starches and agricultural waste

Highland Spring launches 100% recycled plastic bottles

It has announced the bottle will be a permanent part of its range offered in the UK

Pile of plastic bottles
Businesses in plastics value chain commit $1bn to cleaning up planet

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste includes companies such as ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and Veolia

Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer says it’s a wrap for plastic packaging

The grocer is trialling a plastic-free fruit and vegetable scheme at its store in Tolworth

Nestlé Smarties
Nestlé’s Smarties to go plastic free… sweet!

The food and drink giant aims to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025

Ribena cartons
Ribena unveils berry sustainable new packaging

It will use recycled cardboard trays and less environmentally-intensive plastic bottles

Contact lens being placed in eye
UK eyes its first contact lens recycling scheme

The scheme is a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Vision and recycling firm TerraCycle

Lush bath bombs make a fizz about going plastic free

The brand is opening an entirely plastic free shop in Manchester this Friday

Plastic waste in landfill
Could Swindon prove plastic for fantastic?

Recycling Technologies says an advanced plastics recycling facility could make the town a leader in cutting waste