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This week it was revealed that single-use plastics to be phased out in Australia from 2025 will include plastic utensils and straws. The phase-out was confirmed during a national meeting of environment ministers.

Meanwhile, Lego’s owners are looking to invest in projects which will reduce plastic pollution. As well as reducing plastic, the owners are looking at new technologies and materials to invest in which would act as viable alternatives to plastic.

Iceland Foods continued its drive towards reducing its plastic footprint by removing plastic from Pink Lady apples, instead opting for paperboard packaging instead.
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Plastics to be phased out in Australia include plastic utensils and straws

Plastic cutlery and straws are among the types of single-use plastics to be phased out in Australia from 2025 under a plan to reduce plastic waste. A national meeting of environment ministers confirmed the phase-out would cover eight types of problematic and unnecessary plastic waste including: lightweight plastic bags; plastic misleadingly labelled degradable; plastic utensils and stirrers; plastic straws; polystyrene food containers; polystyrene consumer goods packaging; and microbeads in personal care products.

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Lego’s owners look for investments to reduce plastic

Lego’s owners are set to invest their wealth into ventures that figure out how to reduce surplus plastic in environmentally friendly ways. Kirkbi, which oversees about $20 billion in assets on behalf of the family behind toymaker Lego, is looking for at least one new plastic reduction project to invest in this year. That’s after first testing the market in 2020 with its purchase of a stake in Quantafuel AS, a Norwegian company that transforms old plastic into energy. In an interview, Chief Investment Officer Thomas Lau Schleicher singled out plastic waste as a key focus area for the fund. But it’s also looking at ideas such as “new technology for producing alternatives to plastic,” he said.

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Over 4 billion plastic particles found on remote Pacific Island

Over four billion pieces of plastic from around the world have travelled and landed in the sand of a remote Pacific Island. This discovery, published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, was made by researchers from the Natural History Museum on Henderson Island – one of the four Pitcairn Islands, 3000 miles away from South America. When the team first visited the island in 2015 they saw the presence of plastic limited to two grams per square metre. However, when they returned to the island four years later, in 2019 they were shocked to discover that this had gone up to 23 grams per square metre.

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Single-use plastic bans could differ across UK

The sale of several single-use plastic items including plates and cutlery could be banned in Northern Ireland, but not in the rest of the UK, from 1 January 2022 or sooner. This is because under the Northern Ireland Protocol, Northern Ireland must transpose certain articles of the Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive relating to placing single-use plastic goods on the market. But because the SUP Directive was not transposed into UK law before the end of the Brexit transitional period last year the government in Westminster is not required to implement the directive’s requirements. 

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Iceland launches plastic-free Pink Lady packs

Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free packaging for its Pink Lady apples, as it continues to reduce its plastic packaging footprint. The supermarket has announced that paperboard packaging will replace the plastic format, with the new packs being rolled-out across all its stores in the UK. The switch in packaging will save Iceland seven tonnes of plastic per year.

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