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This week a new report from Break Free From Plastic claimed FMCG companies are investing in costly projects which will fail to tackle the plastic crisis. Of 265 recent and current projects to combat plastic, the report designated 226 as ‘false solutions’.

A new poll found some eight-in-ten Britons want labels on clothing which will warn shoppers whether the item contains plastic so they can choose whether to buy it or not based on its environmental credentials.

Meanwhile, separate polling unveiled this week found 83 percent would prefer their food to be wrapped in compostable material rather than traditional plastic packaging for environmental reasons.  

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Report blasts ‘false’ corporate solutions to plastic pollution

A new report from Break Free From Plastic claims that fast-moving consumer goods companies such as Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, and Coca-Cola are investing in costly projects that do little to solve the plastic waste problem. While top FMCG companies are seeking ways to reduce plastic waste through a variety of programs that range from the probable to the impossible, Break Free From Plastic has issued a new report that categorizes 265 recent and current projects. Out of these projects, a total of 226 were designated “false solutions to the plastic pollution crisis”, as defined by experts from the Break Free From Plastic movement.

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8 in 10 want plastic warning label for clothes

A new poll has revealed some eight-in-ten Britons want the Government to make it mandatory for brands to introduce labelling which shows whether plastic is present in their clothing and accessories. The Yonder poll of 2,091 UK adults was commissioned by global solutions organisation A Plastic Planet. Coinciding with the poll, retail expert and broadcaster Mary Portas, author and Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health Dr Shanna Swan, Fashion Revolution co-founder Orsola de Castro, and former Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas have joined more than 40 parliamentarians, academics, and campaigners calling for the labelling system in an open letter.

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New Zealand will ban most single-use plastics by 2025

New Zealand announced that it will phase out single-use plastics between 2022 and 2025 in an effort to promote environmental sustainability. The move comes as the government attempts to match the country’s reality to its “clean green” reputation. Currently one of the top 10 per-capita producers of landfill waste in the world, New Zealand has announced it will ban a swathe of single-use plastics, including cotton buds, bags, cutlery, plates and bowls, straws and fruit labels.

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Poll finds public want compostable packaging

Most Britons want to get rid of plastic packaging on their food and have compostable packaging instead, a new poll has revealed. The survey also found that the majority, 83 percent, are supportive of a tax on plastic packaging to curb plastic waste. It found strong public support for compostable packaging as a sustainable alternative to traditional plastic packaging. Of those asked, 83 percent would prefer their food to be wrapped in compostables rather than traditional plastic packaging for environmental reasons. The Yonder survey of 2,085 UK adults, commissioned by TIPA – a leading producer of compostable materials – comes amid the UK Government’s plans to roll out a Plastic Packaging Tax, set to launch in April 2022.

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Toy giant Lego creates bricks from recycled plastic

Toy producer Lego this week unveiled new bricks from recycled plastic bottles, in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment. Lego’s bricks are usually made from a kind of plastic called ABS, lending its ‘clutch power’ to the product. As part of its first step to use sustainable materials in its products, the company unveiled a prototype brick developed using PET plastic from discarded bottles. The company hopes to include the pieces in its sets within two years.

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