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This week our fantastic client A Plastic Planet brought attention to the Government’s backtracking on key environmental issues to stop plastic pollution. Writing in an open letter signed by global figures and a host of parliamentarians, they called on the Government to close a loophole allowing plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries. 

Additionally, a nine-year-old schoolgirl’s petition calling on the Government to do the same gained more than 70,000 signatures in a week.

Meanwhile we’re seeing major brands and retailers showing more effort to tackle plastic waste, with both H&M and Unilever’s Ben & Jerrys opting to use recyclable paper-based packaging instead of plastic.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading.

John Higginson
Editor-in-Chief
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Global figures urge Government to ‘Stop backtracking on environment’

Some 35 politicians, environmentalists and experts called on the Government to stop backtracking on key environmental pledges and close a loophole allowing plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries. Writing in an open letter, television presenter Chris Packham joined a host of parliamentarians representing Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP warning that the Government is setting a dangerous precedent by failing to maintain its environmental promises. Organised by A Plastic Planet, the letter follows news that the UK will continue to be able to export its plastic waste to developing nations despite the Government previously committing to a ban on the practice. 

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Plastic petition by UK nine-year-old gains over 70k signatures 

A petition by a nine-year-old schoolgirl calling on Boris Johnson to stop shipments of plastic waste to developing countries has received more than 70,000 signatures in less than a week. Lizzie, who is studying plastic pollution in year 4, said she began the petition because sending Britain’s unsorted plastic waste to poorer nations is “unfair” and wrong.

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Ban ‘horrible’ plastic hedges, say TV naturalists

Plastic hedges must be banned in new housing developments, campaigners have said following a backlash by Countryfile and Springwatch presenters. Low-maintenance artificial shrubbery installed outside homes may look neat and tidy, but it contributes to plastic pollution and deprives wildlife of habitats and food sources, naturalists warned. 

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H&M Group tests recyclable paper packaging for e-commerce channels

In a bid to reduce plastic waste, H&M Group is trialing a new portfolio of recyclable paper packaging solutions for its e-commerce channels. The new packaging solution has been introduced to millions of customers by the H&M brands COS, ARKET, Monki, and Weekday. The main H&M brand itself has started to implement it in selected markets, and will look to increase the rollout in the upcoming months.

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Ben & Jerry’s goes paper-based with packaging for new on-stick ice cream

Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s subsidiary is set to package the brand-new on-stick version of its Cookie Dough product in a recyclable, paper-based wrapper. The ice cream producer has reimagined its best-selling Cookie Dough flavour so that customers can enjoy it on the move. The Cookie Dough Peace Pops will be fixed onto a wooden stick and nestled into what the company describes as a “first of its kind tie-dye wrapper”. 

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