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Evolution Foods ditches plastic across natural snack range


Evolution Foods, the dried fruit, nuts and seeds producer, has launched a snacking range made with 100% plastic-free packaging.

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Cif offers shoppers refill option in eco-friendly move


Unilever is moving its Cif brand into new territory with an eco refill range, which allows consumers to re-use their trigger spray cleaning bottles

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Economic benefits of DRS highlighted as questions remain unanswered


An all-encompassing Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) would be eight times more beneficial to the UK economy than a more restricted ‘on the go’ system, government analysis has revealed – but questions over the in-store practicalities of a DRS remain unanswered.


Public urged to ditch plastic on National Refill Day


The UK public are being encouraged to put their words in to action on National Refill Day today (Wednesday), as a new poll published to mark the occasion revealed that three-quarters of respondents think single-use plastic should be socially unacceptable.


Sustainability: Green shoots of success


The move to plastic-free retailing may be in its infancy, but a growing number of store owners are proving how a willingness to embrace eco-friendly ideas can have a positive impact on both the planet and their profits. C-Store investigates some of the solutions.

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Convenience stores act on demand to reduce plastic use


Independent retailers are responding to growing local demand to take action on environmental sustainability, as the public spotlight continues to shine on plastic pollution.

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Network Rail launches sustainability stickers for retailers


Network Rail has introduced sustainability badges for retailers operating on its premises, as part of its ambition to be a market leader in sustainability.


Technology extending fruit & veg shelf life set for UK launch


A pioneering plant-derived formula that extends the shelf life of fruit and veg by up to four times is set to enter the UK grocery market.


Central England Co-op ditches single-use carrier bags


Central England Co-op has announced it has removed single-use carrier bags from its food stores to mark World Environment Day (Wednesday).

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Plastic products targeted on World Environment Day


Campaigners are urging global consumers to identify a product they would like to see go plastic free as part of World Environment Day today (Wednesday).

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Charities could receive £1bn from DRS deposits, survey reveals


One in five people (20%) using a UK-wide deposit return scheme would donate deposits levied on drinks containers to charity all of the time, according to a new survey commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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Campaigners call for participation in One Plastic Free Day


Environmental campaigners are calling on people across the world to participate in One Plastic Free Day on 5 June.


Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds to be banned in 2020


A ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic stemmed cotton buds will come in to effect in England in April 2020, environment secretary Michael Gove has announced.


Store hails impact of glass milk bottle deposit return scheme


A James Retail Group c-store in Sheffield is hailing the impact of a deposit return scheme for glass milk bottles, after more than three in four bottles were returned in the first year and sales massively outstripped those of plastic milk bottles.


ACS urges small store exemption for DRS plans in England


The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the government to exempt small stores from its proposals for a Deposit Return Scheme in England and to limit collection methods to Reverse Vending Machines.


Leeds on-the-go recycling scheme extended following success


An on-the-go recycling scheme in Leeds city centre has been extended for a further six months after the proportion of people who disposed of target material in a recycling bin nearly doubled.


Campaigners unite in call for global Deposit Return Schemes


A global network of environmental campaigners is calling for world-wide deposit return systems for drinks containers, as part of an international day of action taking place today (9 May).

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Scottish Deposit Return Scheme to apply to all retailers


A Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for Scotland will include glass, plastic and aluminium drinks containers of all sizes and will apply to all retailers, the Scottish government announced on Wednesday (8 May).


Brighton store enjoys success in plastic toiletries reduction


Customers at ethical Brighton supermarket Hisbe avoided using plastic toiletries bottles over 24,000 times in the past year on the back of its ‘Soap Swap’ campaign.

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European parliament votes to ban single-use plastic items by 2021


The European Parliament has approved plans to ban single-use plastic items including plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds by 2021.

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Tesco launches fruit and veg plastic-free trial in two stores


Tesco has launched a trial to remove plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetable products from its stores in a bid to cut down on packaging waste.


Midcounties Co-op aims to cut plastic use through POS material


Midcounties Co-operative has launched a new initiative to help reduce single-use plastic through point of sale (POS) material.


Asda reaches own brand plastic-reduction milestone


Asda has removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic from its own brand product packaging – reaching a target set in February 2018.

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UK bottled water sales top four billion litres, report says


Last year’s hot summer boosted bottled water consumption in the UK by more than 7% to 4,267 million litres, according to a new report from food and drink consultant Zenith Global. 

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ACS backs plastic bag charge extension without red tape


The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has backed the government proposals extend the plastic bag charge in England to all retailers with fewer than 250 employees.

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Nisa Extra store introduces Vegware packaging


A Nisa Extra store in Northern Ireland has introduced 100% recyclable Vegware packaging for its own brand fresh food and meal solutions.

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C-stores forced to accept empty bottles in DRS proposal


The UK government has launched its long-awaited consultation into a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, which could force small shops to accept empty drinks cans and bottles for recycling.

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Food industry bodies demand "pause" on policy reforms


More than 30 food industry trade bodies have called on the government to “pause” key consultations affecting the industry, including a Deposit Return Scheme for England and Wales, until Brexit uncertainty is over.

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MPs call for ban on plastic waste export to developing countries


A group of cross-party MPs has today called for a complete ban on the export of the UK’s plastic waste to developing countries.

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Sustainability: A natural success


A growing number of retailers are making their stores the place to go for sustainability by cutting plastic use and increasing take-up of renewable products.