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This week a new survey found that with less than a year to go until the Plastic Packaging Tax is introduced in the UK, some 83 percent of businesses asked were not aware of its introduction.

Meanwhile Samsung has pledged to remove all single-use plastics from mobile phone packaging by 2025. The announcement comes as part of its commitment to a string of new environmental pledges from Samsung’s sustainability platform called ‘Galaxy for the Planet’.

Additionally, Morrisons is offering free water refills at all of its petrol forecourts, as well as in store, in a bid to encourage customers to use refillable bottles.

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83 percent of businesses unaware of impending plastic tax

With less than a year to go until the Plastic Packaging Tax is introduced in the UK, a study by Veolia suggests that 83 percent of businesses asked were not aware of the tax. In 2018 the Treasury first announced the tax on plastics and in April 2022 the Plastic Packaging Tax will be introduced in the UK. The tax places a £200 per tonne levy on producers or importers of plastic packaging if they do not include 30 percent recycled content and will affect all businesses in this area. Veolia’s research also found that the two biggest drivers for acting more sustainably in business are Government mandate (30 percent) and an environmental conscience (48 percent).

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Money from £500m fund to keep oceans clean in developing countries

British aid money will be used to help tackle plastic waste in developing countries, ministers said. The £500 million Blue Planet Fund will protect the marine environment and reduce poverty with some £16 million of the fund being spent on protecting the oceans from pollution and plastic waste. This will in turn fight climate change as it will protect marine species which are responsible for absorbing carbon from the sea. The Blue Planet Fund is named after the BBC series narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The money will also help increase marine protection and save coral reefs, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

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Samsung promises plastic-free mobile packaging by 2025

Electronics giant Samsung has pledged to remove all single-use plastics from mobile phone packaging by 2025. The commitment was made as part of a string of new environmental pledges applicable to the firm’s sustainability platform, called ‘Galaxy for the Planet’. On mobile phone packaging, Samsung said it will use a hierarchy of reduce, remove and replace to tackle single-use plastics elements. Plastics currently included in mobile packaging include the peelable film used to prevent scratches to the phone in transit. Samsung has not yet revealed which alternative materials it is exploring for this next phase of packaging changes, but has previously favoured paper-based alternatives.

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Morrisons offers free water refills to customers to combat plastic waste

Morrisons is offering free water refills at all of its petrol forecourts, as well as in store, to encourage customers to use refillable bottles. Over 14 billion single-use plastic bottles are used each year in the UK – equal to 39 million a day – with the majority purchased on-the-go or at work. However, new research has found that 63 percent of people would like to do more to reduce plastic, but claim the biggest barrier to taking action is a lack of plastic-free alternatives. At Morrisons petrol forecourt kiosks, customers will now be able to hand their reusable bottles to attendants who will fill them up for free, before sanitising them and returning them to the customer.

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Yop commits to changing plastic bottles after Joe Lycett’s staged tantrum

Yoghurt drink brand Yop committed to changing their bottles to clear PET plastic by next year after Joe Lycett’s tantrum on national television. The comedian staged a storm-off from Steph McGovern’s Channel 4 show last month to draw attention to Yop using white PET plastic for its packaging, which is much harder to recycle. As a result, Yop have now committed to changing their bottles to clear PET plastic in 2022 and are aiming for it to be made with recycled plastic. 

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