‘When presented with green energy as default option, 80% stick with it’

Two studies held in Switzerland found that when renewable energy was presented as the standard option, only a fifth of customers made the decision to reject it

IKEA assembles new agenda for more sustainable wood use

The furniture and retail giant says the plan aims to further enhance biodiversity, tackle climate change and use wood in more innovative ways

M&S Food expands plastic-free grocery refill initiative

The British retail giant has introduced its packaging-free offering in a third food store with more than 50 lines of refillable grocery and frozen fruit

Four-in-five small businesses in food and drink sector ‘making sustainability a priority’

E.ON says a third of consumers across the industry now look for strong environmental credentials before they buy

Graphene-based biopolymer ‘could put an end to plastic packaging for good’

Biotech firm Toraphene has created an innovative new material it says is biodegradable, compostable and commercially-viable

Almost 88% of UK councils ‘don’t recycle eco-friendly polythene bags’

Out of 375 UK councils, the few local authorities that accept them are restricting the colours and material blends that could be recycled, according to a new study

UK retail sector sets ambition to hit net zero by 2040

A total of 63 retail leaders have signed the British Retail Consortium’s climate action roadmap to decarbonise retail stores by 2030, deliveries by 2035 and products by 2040

This year’s Black Friday online shopping ‘could generate 429k tonnes of CO2 emissions’

The carbon footprint is equivalent to that created from 435 return flights from London to New York, according to a new report

John Lewis Partnership brings forward net zero target by 15 years to 2035

John Lewis has committed to making all key raw materials in its own-brand products sustainable or recycled by 2025

Sainsbury’s swaps lead-acid pallet trucks for sustainable alternatives

The retail giant has replaced its manual handling trucks for lithium-ion models powered by kinetic energy