UN: ‘Plastic pollution can be cut by 80% by 2040 with collaboration’

Shifting to a circular economy would also bring economic benefits, with the UNEP claiming that $1.2tn would be saved

Single-use items make up 68% of NHS’ carbon footprint

Out of possible operations, knee replacements were revealed to produce the most carbon emissions

Canadian retailer Loblaw to eliminate single-use plastic bags from 2023

Single-use plastic bags will not be used at its corporate and franchise supermarkets, pharmacies and PC Express service across the country from early next year

Single-use plastics ban comes into force in Scotland

Around 700m of the single-use items, including plastic cutlery, plates, straws and polystyrene food containers, are currently used in Scotland every year

Blue Ridge Bankshares pledges to eliminate single-use plastics by 2024

The new policy supports its ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2040

China’s FEELM commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

The company has set a target to ensure 30% of its total energy consumption comes from renewable sources by 2030

UK plastic waste to be counted by thousands of Britons

A campaign will help households measure their plastic footprint

Bimbo Canada switches from plastic tags to compostable bread bag clips

The move is expected to help reduce the company’s single-use plastics by around 200 metric tonnes annually

Amazon ditches single-use plastic delivery bags for recyclable paper

The flexible paper bags and cardboard envelopes are more easily recyclable in household recycling across the UK and are made with more recycled content

Three-quarters of people want single-use plastics banned

That’s according to a new survey that also found a heavy majority would like to see an international treaty put in place to stop plastic waste