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

Plant-based plastics sprout up with £60m government investment

Along with an expected £149 million investment from the private sector, this money will be used to slash single-use plastic pollution

Nottingham Council pledges to become plastic-free by 2023

The city council plans to reduce the use of plastics at events such as the annual Goose Fair

Bali puts single-use plastic on a permanent gap year with wide-ranging ban

The move aims to stop items such as plastic bottles, carrier bags, coffee cups and polystyrene packaging ending up in the ocean

New York’s ban on polystyrene comes into effect

Businesses in the city are being encouraged to switch to more environmentally-friendly materials, such as recycled paper and cardboard

Fujitsu unveils wide-ranging set of plastic reduction pledges

The Japanese IT equipment and services company says it will end the use of plastic cups, straws, bottles and other unsustainable products

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EU backs 2021 ban on single-use plastics

The new measures are expected to save €22 billion in environmental damages by 2030

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Lidl trials removal of 9p plastic bags in Wales

The supermarket chain plans to extend the move across the rest of the UK if it proves successful

‘Single-use’ named Word of the Year for 2018

It refers to products, often plastic, that are made to be used only once before disposal.