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July 13, 2020

Quick summary: Single-use plastics will be outlawed in Greece by July 2021, according to Greek government plans Takeaway coffee cups, cotton buds, and plastic straws all set to be included in the ban Greece hopes to be one of Europe’s first countries to implement the ban, in accordance with the EU directive agai…

July 9, 2020

Although plastic goods became widely available to consumers during the 1950s, it’s only during the last twenty years that we’ve seen the real boom in plastic – and as a result, plastic waste.  In the 1960s less than 1% of our refuse was plastic; by 2005 that had increased to 10% according to one ground-breaking s…

June 28, 2020

Germany Latest State to Ban Single-Use Plastics Quick Summary: Single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, and cutlery included within the German ban Deadline of July 2021 brings the country in line with European Union directive Just under a third of Germany’s 18 million-ton waste is plastic-based Germany has agree…

June 1, 2020

Quick summary: Auchan Retail to replace all single-use plastic stock – including straws, disposable cutlery, and plastic plates – with biodegradable alternatives Continente, meanwhile, declare annual plastic savings amounting to 4,200 tonnes Measures come with Portugal’s ban on single-use plastics by 2020, outpa…

May 22, 2020

Quick summary: Study finds 74% of consumers would pay more for sustainable packaging 59% say they are less likely to buy a product in “harmful” packaging, with 57% considering plastic “harmful” In Europe, only 6% consider plastic to be “eco-friendly” Nearly three quarters of consumers would be willing to pay mo…

May 14, 2020

Quick summary: Over 100 single-use coffee cups and nearly 250 plastic bottles used per capita annually in the UK  83% of British admit to being confused about what can be recycled An estimated 30% of recyclable items end up in general waste The average British person will use 109 single-use coffee cups, 242 pla…