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This week Coca-Cola announced its first ever 100 percent recycled PET bottle will go on sale in the US later this month. Responding to the announcement, campaigners said the move didn’t go far enough to tackle the plastic crisis and urged them to dramatically reduce their plastic use instead.

In other news UK supermarket Co-op announced it would remove plastic from its Easter eggs – saving over 14 tonnes of plastic packaging in the process. While Belgian supermarket Delhaize Group announced its entire organic fruit and vegetable range would soon be plastic-free.

Also this week, Plastic Soup Foundation’s Lisette van Effrink, who has been influential in campaigns to shine a spotlight on the impact of plastic on human health, gives us her take on tackling the plastic crisis.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading.

John Higginson
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The Plastic Free Post Interview

Lisette van Effrink, Plastic Soup Foundation’s Health Campaigner, on the importance of tackling plastic pollution, how to reduce plastic consumption, and her favourite plastic free thing in the world.

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Coca-Cola to sell 100 percent recycled bottles in US

Coca-Cola is rolling out its first-ever 100 percent recycled plastic bottle in the US this month. The company announced it will begin selling Coca-Cola brands in the 13.2-oz bottle made from recycled PET plastic in California, Florida and some states in the Northeast. Other fizzy drinks and waters will be sold in the recycled bottles this summer. Campaigners said the move didn’t go far enough to tackle plastic pollution, and urged them to move away from using plastic completely.

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Co-op to remove plastic packaging from Easter eggs

UK supermarket Co-op is removing plastic packaging from its Easter eggs in a bid to eliminate unnecessary plastic from its own-brand ranges. The retailer is eradicating the use of plastic inner packaging and windows for all five of its hollow Fairtrade Easter eggs, which will save over 14 tonnes of unnecessary plastic. The move comes as the retailer gets ready to roll out the UK’s largest ever scheme to collect and recycle plastic film as part of its ambition to make 100 percent of its own-brand packaging easy to recycle by the end of this year.

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Delhaize’s entire organic fruit and vegetable range soon plastic-free

Belgian supermarket Delhaize Group are ditching plastic on all organic fruit and vegetables. Instead the produce will be laser branded in a move that aims to save 92 tonnes of disposable plastic packaging per year. Where products cannot be laser branded, Delhaize will provide sustainable alternatives like cardboard or bulk packaging.

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Microplastics from shipping detected in North Sea

Boats might be much bigger sources of microplastic pollution than previously thought, according to a new report by researchers in Germany. Researchers at the University of Oldenburg found that up to 80 percent of the microplastic content in the surface waters of North Sea estuaries and shipping lanes could derive from paints used to protect ships’ hulls from barnacles and other organisms.

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Plastic pollution workshop provides guidance to local residents

A plastic pollution workshop hosted by the Environment Agency and University of Portsmouth has provided local communities with advice on how to tackle plastic pollution. The workshop focused on behaviour change and was aimed at representatives from zero-waste and plastic-free groups who want to encourage local people to stamp out the use of avoidable plastic waste in their lives.

Read more here.


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