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This week campaigners urged the UK Government to introduce a legally-binding target to halve resource consumption by 2050. The calls follow a report published by the think tank Green Alliance which warns DEFRA that the existing waste strategy does not go far enough.

In other news, Unilever unveiled it has invested $15 million into the Closed Loop Leadership Fund in a bid to collect more plastic than it sells by 2025. Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s announced it will be removing millions of plastic straws from circulation as it looks to reduce its contribution to the waste crisis.

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UK government urged to introduce 2050 resource use reduction target

Green campaigners have urged the UK Government to set a legally-binding target to halve resource consumption by 2050. A report published by the think tank Green Alliance warns that DEFRA’s existing waste strategy does not go far enough to tackle the problem and fails to address overconsumption. They argued that by setting legally-binding targets the UK would set a global example as it gears up to host the pivotal COP26 Climate Summit this autumn.

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Unilever invests $15M to collect more plastic than it sells by 2025

Unilever’s North America operation has invested $15 million into the Closed Loop Leadership Fund, which will help the consumer goods giant recover more plastic packaging than it sells by 2025. The private equity fund under New York-based Closed Loop Partners is dedicated to bringing US companies across the value chain together to increase recycling rates and build a circular economy. The $15 million investment will also help Unilever recycle an estimated 60,000 metric tonnes of plastic packaging waste annually by 2025, equivalent to more than half of the firm’s plastic footprint in the region. 

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Sainsbury’s to tackle plastic straws in drive to cut waste

Sainsbury’s revealed this week that it will be removing millions of plastic straws from circulation in a bid to reduce waste. The announcement is the latest step towards the supermarket’s target of reducing its use of plastic packaging by 50 percent by 2025. Earlier this year the retailer cut down the plastic packaging on its own brand pancake range as well as introducing a new trial of recycling facilities in selected stores. The change will see its own brand lunchbox juice cartons removing 18.5 million plastic straws from circulation each year. 

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Ocado overhauls own label packaging to cut plastic

Ocado.com has joined forces with design agency JKR to overhaul its own label packaging and save 27 tonnes of plastic, according to the  online grocery retailer. The new range, which comprises over 530 products including coffee, berries, and salad, will see 9 million non-essential packaging components removed. The retailer has eliminated PVC, polystyrene and black plastics from all own-range packaging. Ocado’s target is for all items to be 100 percent recyclable and made from at least 30 percent recycled materials by 2025.

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Albert Heijn to remove plastic bags from fresh produce section

Albert Heijn is set to remove free plastic bags from its fresh produce sections starting from mid-April. For the first two weeks, free reusable bags will be handed out along with the purchase of loose fruits and vegetables, such as green beans and apples. The bags can be washed and reused dozens of times. Currently, sustainable bags can be found in the fruit aisle at the cost of 30 cents. By the end of 2021, Albert Heijns aims to completely remove plastic bags from all stores.

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