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This week it emerged more than a third of Amazon’s shareholders support a proposal asking the company to reduce the amount of plastic it uses. The proposal was backed by shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting.

Meanwhile, more than 70 organisations across the globe representing leading scientists and NGOs called on world leaders to prioritise saving the oceans from plastic pollution at the G7 summit, which begins today.

Beer brand Corona also claimed to be the first global drinks brand to achieve a ‘net zero plastic footprint’, after ramping up efforts to collect, recycle, and reduce plastic across its operations.

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Third of Amazon shareholders support single use plastic cuts

More than a third of Amazon shareholders, 35 percent, have expressed support for a proposal asking the company to reduce the amount of plastics used in its operations. The proposal, filed by As You Sow and Green Century Funds at the company’s annual general meeting, says Amazon’s “substantial and growing use of plastic packaging” exposes the company to increased financial and reputational risk from the millions of tons of plastic that end up in oceans and the environment, harming wildlife and marine ecosystems. Amazon has not disclosed how much plastic it uses. However, a report by environmental group Oceana estimates that the company used 465 million pounds of e-commerce plastic packaging in 2019..

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Message in a bottle experiment urges world leaders to tackle plastic

Plastic bottles with tracking devices were released off the coast from St Ives to send a message to world leaders ahead of the G7 Summit to prioritise saving the oceans from plastic pollution. On World Oceans Day, more than 70 organisations across the globe representing leading scientists and NGOs called on G7 leaders to “Listen to the Ocean” as part of their forthcoming discussions during the Summit. The Message in a Bottle campaign saw seven bottles released, each named after a country in the G7, to see how far they travel around the world as they are launched from various points around the north and south of Cornwall.

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Corona toasts plastic recovery milestone

Corona claims it has become the first global drinks brand to achieve a ‘net zero plastic footprint’, after ramping up its plastic waste collection and recycling efforts. The beer brand announced this week that it now recovers more plastic from the environment than it produces, arguing that its ongoing drive to mitigate plastic pollution, which includes a recent investment in a recycling facility in Mexico, now ‘offsets’ its overall plastic output.

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New education award empowers young people to tackle plastic pollution

The Environment Agency has joined with national school network Partners in Excellence to launch a plastic pollution-focused award for young people. Key Stage 3 and 4 students from Partners in Excellence (PiXL) member schools can sign up for the ‘Green Edge Award’ programme from September and undertake one of three award levels – Apprentice, Pioneer and Graduate. Students will be encouraged to carry out a series of activities, including plastic waste surveys, organising litter picks, and setting up repair cafes.

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Evian and Hubbub launch #InTheLoop recycling at Wimbledon 2021

Evian is partnering with Hubbub to help improve recycling rates throughout Wimbledon 2021 tennis championships with the introduction of 50 recycling bins in the London Borough of Merton. #InTheLoop aims to boost recycling on-the-go and make it easy for people to recycle empty plastic bottles and cans while out and about.

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