The UK supermarket giant currently uses almost 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging per year.
The wide-ranging ban names six specific types of single-use plastic – plastic bags, small plastic bottles, plastic plates, plastic straws, plastic cups, and some types of satchels and goes into effect on October 2.
India is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups and straws on Oct. 2, in its most sweeping measure yet to stamp out single-use plastics.
Iceland supermarkets have recycled over one million plastic bottles in just over a year, thanks to a trial of ‘reverse vending machines’ in five of its UK stores.
Nepal will make the Everest region a plastic-free zone by 2020 by banning single-use plastics. The new rule will come into effect from January 1, 2020.
The toy maker will stop using plastic bags, elastic bands, and the shrink wrap that’s usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board games.
PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have announced that they are cutting ties with Plastics Industry Association, a lobby group that fights against plastic bans on a national level.
The court’s decision makes production of thin plastics under 60 microns in thickness illegal with immediate effect.
Cutting ties with the Plastic Industry Association is a sign that “they cannot publicly say they want to end plastic pollution, while financially supporting an association that lobbies for our continued reliance on throwaway plastics.”
Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op, Tesco and Waitrose sold 549 million single-use plastic bags in 2018-19, down from one billion in the previous year.
The plastic-free initiative was initiated in 2018, with the company replacing five single-use plastic products across its domestic services.
The Pact, originally launched in 2018, represents 127 members, accounting for 85% of plastic packaging in UK supermarkets including Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Governors in Vermont and Maine signed bills on the same day that will ban plastic bags in their states in 2020.
The agreement promised to “promote a comprehensive life-cycle approach to urgently and effectively prevent and reduce plastic litter discharge to the oceans.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will ban single-use plastics — which could include bags, straws and cutlery — in Canada in 2021.
Canary Wharf, the Estate at the heart of London’s capital, has become the first commercial center in the world to be awarded a ‘Plastic Free Community’ status.
The ban will come into place in April 2020 and will be applied throughout towns and cities in England.
The British supermarket will offer 127 loose fruit and veg varieties over the next year. The fruit and veg will either be sold in recyclable paper bags or loose.
The government of Tanzania has issued a ban on producing, using, importing, or selling plastic bags.
The protocol requires countries that want to ship their waste products to other nations to first obtain the permission of the receiving nations.
In a historic conservation move the government of the United Republic of Tanzania has announced the ban on plastic bag use beginning June 1, 2019.
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created a recyclable plastic that can be disassembled into its constituent parts and reassembled without loss of performance or quality.
The Ooho seaweed capsules are made by a London-based startup called Skipping Rocks Lab. They want to cut the number of plastic bottles used by 200,000.
The company has said it is investing £16 million into reducing the amount of plastic used in their packaging. This initiative will remove 40 million plastic bottles from the world.
Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced that the Indonesian province of Bali is officially banning single-use plastics. The country produces 3.2 million tons of plastic annually.