October start set for ban in England of single-use plastic tableware

Single-use plastic plates, cutlery and a range of other items will be banned in England from October, to curb their “devastating” impact on the environment, the government has confirmed. The Department for the Environment said the ban will also cover single-use plastic bowls, trays and certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers. However, the move will […]

Fossil fuel producers must be forced to ‘take back’ carbon, say scientists

Fossil fuel companies should be forced to “take back” the carbon dioxide emitted from their products, handing them direct responsibility for cleaning up the climate, a group of scientists has argued. The principle that the producer of pollution should pay for its clean-up is established around the world, but has never been applied to the […]

Reinventing food supply chains for a growing world

After two decades of impressive economic growth, Asia has changed beyond all recognition. As lives have improved, the prevalence of hunger and poor nutrition has fallen consistently. These welcome trends, however, have been brought to a jarring halt by the pandemic outbreak. Rising food prices caused by pandemic supply chain disruption have been exacerbated by the war […]

The technological evolution of materials recycling

Have you been to a materials recovery facility (MRF)? I’ve had the pleasure of touring a couple, and the thing that sticks out about my experiences thus far is not the high-tech sorting machinery. In fact, because I haven’t spent enough time in a MRF to fully comprehend all the material movements, I would best […]

There isn’t enough recycled plastic for companies to meet commitments. What now?

Many companies have made commitments to drastically increase their use of post-consumer recycled content (PCR) in their packaging or products. Take Nestlé, which pledged to reach 30 percent PCR in packaging by 2025, or L’Oréal, which pledged 50 percent. There are even laws taking effect that call for companies to incorporate more PCR, such as Assembly Bill […]

Are carbon offsets a joke? A response to comedian John Oliver

Oliver also left viewers thinking that offsets are only ever used to greenwash, which again ignores what’s actually happening. Many companies follow best practice on offsets — see the Oxford Offsetting Principles, for example — and prioritize science-based emissions reductions above use of offsets. If offsets are used to go above and beyond such targets, the […]

Tesco launches new waste-busting service to help suppliers swap surplus stock

“Excess stock or waste for one supplier could be a valuable commodity to another,” said Sarah Bradbury, Tesco quality director. “By linking different farmers, producers and manufacturers together, our suppliers can find new ways to trim their bills, reduce waste and keep delivering great value for our customers.” Read more

New rule coming through: How to keep up with changing climate regulations

In an effort to salvage our planet for generations to come, climate-protection measures are intensifying around the world. Most recently, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched the process to update its climate disclosure requirements. Companies will have to find tools and strategies to swiftly adapt. Let’s start at the beginning. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are […]

How climate change reporting can change the face of investment

What motivates industries to reduce their environmental impact? In order for businesses to be transparent with their investors, they need to have consistent, reliable data on all possible sources of pollution. Rather than focusing exclusively on the benefits their products offer, industries should maintain straightforward reporting standards to be cooperative with all parties involved. With […]

Gov’t Endorses Elimination Of Problematic Plastics

The Kenya Plastics Pact (KPP) has published a list of problematic and unnecessary plastic items to be eliminated in Kenya. This adds to the already existing government’s plastic bag ban that came into force in 2017 and the ban on selected single-use plastic items in protected areas from June 2020. The priority list supports a collective […]