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This week the Changing Markets Foundation and City to Sea warned that the use of recycled bottles for clothing is an environmentally ‘destructive’ practice which sees plastic flood nature and allows brands to ‘greenwash their collections’.

In other news, Iceland has launched a series of new packaging trials which will see the supermarket heavily reduce its plastic. Nine products will see either plastic-free or heavily reduced packaging replace the current packaging, resulting in a plastic reduction of 36.6 tonnes.

Sir David Attenborough  called for urgent action to protect the ‘planet’s riches’, warning  that plastic pollution, climate change, and exploitation of land are destroying the world’s biodiversity. The call was made during an animated short from the Royal Society, which premiered on Monday this week.

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Clothes made from recycled plastic bottles ‘adding to fashion’s waste crisis’

Polyester clothes made from recycled plastic bottles are adding to fashion’s waste crisis and flooding the natural environment with plastics, according to campaigners. The Changing Markets Foundation, with plastic pollution campaigning organisation City to Sea, said the use of recycled bottles for clothing is an environmentally ‘destructive’ practice that also allows brands to ‘greenwash their collections’. Retailers Nike, H&M, Primark and Zara’s parent group, Inditex, all use single-use plastic bottles to meet demand for synthetic polyester, according to the campaigners. A new video, released by Changing Markets, highlights how making clothes from PET bottles won’t solve fashion’s plastic waste crisis.

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Iceland continues to reduce plastic footprint with series of plastic cuts

Iceland has launched a series of new packaging trials which will see the supermarket heavily reduce its plastic. Nine products will see either plastic-free or heavily reduced packaging replace the current packaging, resulting in a reduction of plastic of 36.6 tonnes. Frozen vegetables and herbs will now be packaged in cartons. Iceland’s Soured Cream & Chive Dip and Sweet Chilli Houmous are now packaged in paperboard pots and the supermarket’s frozen 25pk Chicken Dippers and Chicken Popsters are packaged in first to market innovative paper laminate bags. The new packaging will be trialled in 115 Iceland stores across Cheshire, North Wales and the West Midlands.

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Sir David Attenborough calls for action to protect our ‘planet’s riches’

Sir David Attenborough has called for urgent action to protect the ‘planet’s riches’, warning  that plastic pollution, climate change, and exploitation of land are destroying the world’s biodiversity. In an animated short feature from the Royal Society, which premiered on Monday on YouTube, Sir David Attenborough explains the importance of biodiversity and what we must do now to protect it. The five-minute animation shows rich scenes of biodiversity set against the harmful outcomes from human activities on the planet.

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Xampla launches plant-based fragrance microcapsules

Xampla, which specialises in natural alternatives to single use plastics, has developed plant-based fragrance microcapsules. The microcapsules are made entirely of plant protein but function like conventional plastic, providing better fragrance performance and a desired consumer experience. The Cambridge University spin-out’s technology assembles the proteins to mimic the structure of spider silk, resulting in a strong, flexible and entirely natural material that performs like plastic but without the environmental consequences. Their production process requires no chemical additives, meaning that the microcapsules safely decompose at end of life.

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More HMRC support on plastic packaging tax

HMRC is hosting free webinars to help businesses affected by the introduction of the plastic packaging tax to understand the regime. It is also looking for feedback on the associated service from individuals accessing their organisation’s liability. Coming into force from 1 April 2022, the new tax will be placed on plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled plastic. The webinar will take place on 26th October at 1.45pm with a second follow-up webinar on 12th November at 11.45am.

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