Blenheim Palace to banish single-use plastics

Blenheim Palace has announced it plans to phase-out single-use plastics. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is introducing a series of environmental shifts across its estate as part of its ongoing goal of becoming a net producer of green energy over the next 10 years. Plastic straws have been replaced with paper-based alternatives and water bottles have […]

Wood you believe this new clean energy forestry partnership?

Ecotricity is partnering with the National Forest Company to help develop British woodland

Nestle targets sweet and sustainable savings

The firm has announced a new sustainability target of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025

Waitrose to chuck out disposable coffee cups

The supermarket expects this will save more than 52 million cups a year

Visa banks on renewables with clean commitment

Visa has committed to using 100% renewable electricity across its global operations by the end of 2019. The payment technology firm has joined the RE100 initiative for businesses to help each other move towards getting their power from clean sources. Currently, around 35% of Visa’s global electricity consumption comes from renewables, with solar, wind and […]

Pune paved with plastic in Indian recycled road scheme

Roads in the Indian city of Pune are now being built with glue and tar made from recycled plastic waste. Following successful pilot tests, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) plans to construct around 25 roads in different areas of the province using the technique. It aims to partner with a chemical and an environmental company, […]

Coffee house says paper cup charge has bean overdue

Starbucks is testing a 5p paper cup charge across its London stores to reduce the amount of waste it creates. The scheme, which automatically adds the fee to the cost of a coffee, will be trialled across 35 London locations to see whether customers will actually stop using single-use paper cups in favour of greener […]

New waste disposal could be a bloody good idea

Medical waste such as bandages, blood products and nappies could soon be turned into clean energy. That’s according to Sussex businessman Michael Burns, who says he has developed a new technology to create renewable energy from a specific combination of plastic and biomass waste. Rather than burning the waste in a traditional incinerator, his company […]

Agreement to make Africa pollution-free reaffirmed

A number of parties have reaffirmed their commitment to make Africa a pollution-free continent through the Bamako Convention. More than 35 countries, experts, private sector groups, civil society organisations and regional economic bodies participated in the three-day Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention earlier this month. They committed to secure the total ban […]

Greg Clark announces £90m of agri-tech funding

Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced £90 million of funding for developing AI, robotics and earth observation technologies in the UK’s agriculture and food sector. He said smarter technologies will make the sector more efficient, more productive and more sustainable. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) also plans to encourage collaboration between businesses, […]