An estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste – equivalent to 83m bottles – will be generated from throwaway Halloween clothing sold by leading retailers in the UK this year research suggests. An investigation by Hubbub, an environmental charity, into the seasonal outfits available from 19 supermarkets and retailers – including Aldi, Argos, Asos, Amazon, Boden, John Lewis, M&S, Next, and Tesco – found that 83% of the material used was polluting oil-based plastic likely to end up in landfill. Among 324 separate textile items, the most common plastic polymer found was polyester, which accounted for 69% of all materials, while cotton made up only 10%. Hubbub has teamed up with the Fairyland Trust, a family nature charity, to urge consumers to choose more environmentally friendly options. Chris Rose, of the Fairyland Trust, said: “The scariest thing about Halloween now is plastic. More costumes are being bought each year as the number of people participating … [Read more...] about Scariest thing about Halloween is plastic waste, say charities
Plastic waste in landfills
Hospital canteens will slash their amount of plastic as part of an NHS ecological drive to reduce waste being dumped in oceans and landfill. Health chiefs have vowed to scrap more than 100million single-use plastics by phasing the material out from its catering operation and on-site stores. But signing up to the pledge is voluntary and environmental campaign groups - while hailing the positive step - are urging more action. Boots, Greggs and M&S are among the retailers that have swung behind the campaign and pledged to remove 'avoidable plastic' from their hospital outlets. Straws and stirrers will be axed from their branches April 2020, with cutlery plates and cups phased out over the following 12 months. Hospital canteens will slash their amount of plastic as part of an NHS ecological drive to reduce waste being dumped in oceans and landfill (Springfields Medical Centre pictured) Straws and stirrers will be axed from retailer's branches April 2020, with cutlery … [Read more...] about NHS vows to cut back on the millions of single-use plastic cups, straws and cutlery used in hospitals as part of drive to reduce waste
Replacing single-use plastics with compostable alternatives or paper or wood is not the answer to environmental problems, Greenpeace has warned. Companies including Marks & Spencer, Pret A Manger and Sainsbury's have all launched initiatives to try and cut how much plastic they use. But the campaign group branded these 'false solutions' and said it was 'grotesque' that using wood and paper wastes trees, while compostable materials often end up in general rubbish. Instead, supermarkets and cafes should be trying to use fully reusable items like metal cutlery, refillable bags and unpackaged foods. Greenpeace said companies introducing compostable plastic bags, such as the one pictured, from the Co-op, was as bad as carrying on with normal plastic bags because they so often end up in landfill or an incinerator WHICH COMPANIES DID GREENPEACE CALL OUT FOR THEIR 'FALSE SOLUTIONS'? Aldi (Trial of paper and compostable plastic bags)Budgens (Beechwood netting, sugarcane, bamboo and … [Read more...] about Swapping plastic food packaging or cutlery for compostable alternatives and paper is a ‘false solution’ which is just as bad for the environment, Greenpeace warns
In food and drink, we all want to do the right thing. We want to shop and eat sustainably. But, sometimes, it is easier said than done. Our willingness to jump on the latest eco-trends and unquestioningly accept reassuring labelling can lead to unintended consequences. If we are serious about eating green, we need to read beyond the headlines and think rigorously about how we apply ethical advice in our own lives. By way of inspiration, here are some of the ways we get it wrong on ingredients, storage and recycling – and a few surprisingly easy solutions. Is almond milk really the nuts? Influenced by clean eating and agri-exposés such as Cowspiracy (whichpointed to methane emissions from cattle as crucial in global warming), many are ditching cows’ milk in favour of non-dairy alternatives, which, according to Euromonitor, now make-up 12% of global milk sales. That sounds positive. Pre-shipping, the carbon created by a litre of semi-skimmed (1.67kg) is far higher than … [Read more...] about Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong
I love fashion. I love going to catwalk shows. I love getting dressed up. I love the illicit thrill of some frippery I can’t really afford, accompanied by the rustle of tissue paper in a crisp shopping bag – a sound bested only by a champagne cork popping. And that’s not even the half of it. More than anything, I love the thrill of the high street chase. I love stopping a woman on the street to ask where her dress is from, and hunting it down and ordering it from my phone at the bus stop. I have been known to go weak at the knees over new suede boots and I will never, ever have enough earrings. But you know what else I love? Living in a climate that doesn’t fry me alive. Oceans with fish and icebergs in them rather than plastic. Mars is a long way – and besides, Elon Musk? No thanks. Which means I need to love clothes in a way that doesn’t create huge amounts of waste and use a disproportionate amount of the world’s carbon budget. It is obscene … [Read more...] about The fashion editor’s eco-makeover: can I rethink my love affair with clothes?