News + Views

Plastic Free Post

Back to News + Views

Dear Reader,

This week PepsiCo announced it will cut back on the use of virgin plastic with the view to reducing it by half across all brands by 2030. However, environmental groups have warned the soft-drinks giant that they are not doing enough, and urged them to set ‘ambitious’ targets to introduce reuse and refill schemes if they are to really make an impact on the plastic crisis.

In other news, Tesco has launched a refillable trial where consumers can buy products from shower gel to sugar in reusable containers. A range of 88 products will be offered, including brands such as Persil laundry detergent, Radox shower gel, Carex handwash, and Coca-Cola.

Meanwhile, a Limerick-based cafe has launched its new coffee shop concept with a plastic-free and lidless takeaway cup as part of its initiative to tackle plastic pollution. Instead of using traditional coffee cups, the 1930 Café is instead using ButterflyCup as its headline item in its initiative to reduce plastic waste. 

As always, we hope you enjoy reading.

John Higginson
Editor-in-Chief
Plastic Free Post

PepsiCo aims to reduce virgin plastic use by half by 2030

PepsiCo will cut back on the use of virgin plastic and expand its SodaStream carbonated-water business to more markets amid growing calls to combat climate change, although some environmental groups want the company to do more. As part of a new initiative called pep+, the food and beverage giant said it was aiming to reduce virgin plastic use per serving by half across all brands by 2030 and use 50 percent recycled content in all its plastic packaging. However, Greenpeace USA’s global project leader Graham Forbes said there is still too much emphasis on recycling, and urged the company to introduce ‘ambitious’ refill and reuse targets in a bid to tackle waste.

Read more here.

Tesco launches reusable packaging trial

Tesco has launched a trial allowing customers to buy products from shower gel to sugar in reusable packaging. The move by Britain’s biggest supermarket is part of its strategy to cut plastic waste. Tesco’s launch will allow customers to buy food, drink, household and beauty products in packaging that can be returned to stores when finished, so it can be cleaned, refilled and used again. A range of 88 products will be offered, including brands such as Persil laundry detergent, Radox shower gel, Carex handwash, Fevertree drinks, Heinz ketchup, Coca-Cola, Tetley tea, and Brewdog beer.

Read more here.

Waitrose announces further cutback on single-use plastic bags

Waitrose is aiming to eliminate 40 million single-use plastic bags a year by removing them from deliveries and in-store collections. Bags for life, which cost 10p, will also be pulled from all major stores and replaced with a 50p reusable bag that is said to be twice as durable, and is made from recycled materials as well as being fully recyclable. The company said its research found that 10p bags were increasingly being used only once and not multiple times as intended. The change will come into effect from 27 September, the same day that deliveries into homes will be allowed again. If preferred, customers will still have the option of bringing their own shopping into their home in the crates provided, or have it brought to their doorstep by the delivery driver.

Read more here.

Limerick-based Café launches with Plastic-free Lidless Coffee Cup 

Limerick-based 1930 Café has launched its new coffee shop concept with a plastic-free and lidless takeaway cup as part of its initiative to tackle plastic pollution, including the huge volumes generated by plastic-coated coffee cups and plastic lids. 1930 Café recently opened and uses ButterflyCup as a headline item in its initiative to reduce plastic waste.  This first outlet in the concept is set to save more than 1 million plastic coffee cups and lids a year by using the new sustainable cup. Overall, 1930 Café’s emphasis is upon reducing plastic usage combined with enhanced waste segregation directed to reuse, recycling and composting. It is planned to expand the concept throughout Ireland. 

Read more here.

Environment Agency urges sports industry to combat plastic waste

The Environment Agency is calling on sporting organisations across the nation to advance efforts to combat the issue of plastic waste. The board is presenting new advice to sports clubs, venues and event organisers pertaining to the reduction of ‘avoidable’ plastic waste as part of the drive. The guidance includes the promotion of plastic-reduction initiatives such as the introduction of water refill stations, campaigns to minimise superfluous food packaging, and the provision of an increased number of recycling bins.

Read more here.

PLASTIC-FREE POST

    Sign up to our weekly round-up of plastic free stories

    Feel free to get in touch at hello@higginsonstrategy.com if you have any questions or plastic free stories to contribute.