PepsiCo India commits to collecting and recycling plastic in Maharashtra state

INDIA - PepsiCo India has announced plans to extend producer responsibility of the government by collecting and recycling PET plastic waste generated in the Maharashtra state. The company said this in line with its commitment to the government's vision and focus on addressing the issue of plastic waste in a sustainable manner. PepsiCo has also…

Bacardi partners with Lonely Whale to eliminate single-use plastics straws by 2020

USA - Family-owned Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world and Lonely Whale, the award-winning non-profit dedicated to bringing change to ocean health, have joined forces to eliminate single-use plastic straws by 2020. According to Bacardi, this is a commitment to review its global supply chain, with the aim of removing…

Starbucks plans to ditch single-use plastic straws by 2020

USA - The American coffee company, Starbucks Corp has said it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from its coffeehouses globally by 2020 and in return offer recyclable strawless lids and alternative-material straws, like paper or compostable plastic. The coffee chain which operates more than 28,000 coffeehouses is seeking to remove about 1 billion plastic straws…

Pick n Pay to eliminate single-use plastics with compostable carrier bags

SOUTH AFRICA - Pick n Pay, the second largest supermarket chain store in South Africa is piloting use of compostable bag at its V&A Waterfront store with plans to ditch single-use plastic carrier bags. The group is holding discussions to offer solutions to plastic bag alternatives at its stores, according to Business Report. It has…

Israeli’s Tipa company partners with Bio4Pack and Servo Artpack to create compostable packaging

ISRAEL – Tipa, a bio-based packaging company, has partnered with Bio4Pack and Servo Artpack to create compostable packaging for Dutch coffee brand Peeze. According to the company, the making of Peeze’s packaging is designed to be entirely compostable in industrial compost facilities and it can be treated as organic waste after use. Tipa, which won…

McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws in UK and Ireland by 2019

UK- McDonald, an American fast food company, is set to eliminate plastic straws in some of its markets in Europe including UK and Ireland by 2019 in a way to reduce plastic waste. McDonald aims to transition to paper straws in all of its locations in these markets with planned trials for selected restaurants in…

UK’s aluminium packaging recycling rate increases to 72%

UK - The United Kingdom’s Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has said that the recycling rate of aluminium both in the British Isles and upon the European continent continues to make significant strides, achieving and surpassing goals that were set for the practice last year. According to Alupro, the recycling rate for aluminium drink cans…

India’s single-use plastics to be eliminated by 2022

INDIA - India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022, a pledge that is the most ambitious yet of the global actions to combat plastic pollution that are taking place in 60 nations around the world. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has announced that the move aims to drastically stem the flow…

India sets goal to eliminate use of single-use plastics by 2020

INDIA - India has pledged to eliminate the use of single—use plastics by 2020 as part of the country’s new strategy to tackle the issue of plastic wastes and plastic pollution. In addition to the commitment which was made on World Environment Day, the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi unveiled plans to introduce a campaign…

Nano-plastics accumulated by marine life may pose risk to human health, study says

WORLD - Nano-plastics, formed as a result of degradation of microplastics and easily ingested by marine life may create a risk to human food chains on accumulation, potentially threatening food safety and human health, shows a study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Nano plastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1µm…