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Aldi begins black plastics phase-out as part of packaging overhaul

Discount chain Aldi is switching a range of its fresh produce packaging from hard-to-recycle black plastic to clear, recyclable alternatives, in a move that is set to save around 265 tonnes of plastic a year. The supermarket has announced that it will introduce the new plastic trays to six of its fresh fruit and vegetable lines by the end of this month, as it strives towards a 2025 goal of ensuring all of its own-brand packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable. Aldi

Flavoured edible straws are here to help you reduce your plastic waste

And they make the ultimate addition to your weekend beverage. With each and every one of the beverage industry’s latest developments—think frosé, anti-aging pink gin and rosé cider—sending millennials into a frenzy, it’s no surprise that one of the largest producers of your favourite spirits has surfaced with its very own must-have product. Alcoholic beverages company Diageo (the parent company of Gordon’s Gin and Schweppes) has introduced a range of edible straws that each serve

‘The world doesn’t need a treaty on plastic waste reduction’

‘The world doesn’t need a treaty on plastic waste reduction’ UNEP chief Erik Solheim, during his visit to India, the global host for World Environment Day, says unlike climate change, plastic waste can be tackled without treaties and targets By Banjot Kaur Erik Solheim, UNEP chief, talks to Down To Earth, hours before he was going to attend the main event in New Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: United Nations India is the global host for this year’s

Finally PROs are in India

  It is high time that Producers of the Plastic Waste or any kind of Waste becomes responsible for the waste generation part of the product. India is very new to the concept of PRO i.e. Producer Responsibility Organization. PRO means the responsibility is till the end of the life cycle of the product i.e. Cradle to Grave Approach for the Product. PRO is a European concept which has been in European Nations close to 30 years. PRO’s task is to setup

Shoes made of Ocean Plastics

Many Brands are following on the lines of Adidas  which launched its range of footwear entirely made of ocean based post consumer recyclable plastics and have already sold close to 1 million shoes since 2016. It has opened a new market for the shoe industry as it is manufactured from a Yarn developed by Parley that is made from recyclable plastic thus reducing amount of plastic waste and increasing the longevity of single use disposable post-consumer plastic. Each shoe is

Everyday plastics emit greenhouse gases: study

Plastic used in everyday objects from bottles to packaging emit greenhouse gases when exposed to sunlight, according to a study released on August 1, as global concern about its impact on the world’s oceans grows. Plastic pollution has come under increased scrutiny from environmentalists as the scale of the problem has become clear – this year it emerged that a giant island made up of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean was far larger than thought. Now scientists have discovered that

After banning plastic, Maharashtra readies with buyback scheme; here’s what it means

The Maharashtra government is set to roll out a buyback scheme for waste plastic PET bottles and milk pouches. It’ll be the first state to implement a buyback depository system, joining 40 other nations. Soon, returning an empty milk pouch could fetch one 50 paise. Here’s a look at what this scheme is all about. WHAT IS MAHARASHTRA’S PLASTIC DEPOSITORY SYSTEM? Like some other states, one time use plastic and thermocol items have been banned under the Maharashtra Plastic & ThermocolProducts Act,

Lays, Kurkure and Bingo shall now come in smaller versions

The 2 Billion Dollar Snacks industry in India has come under the eyes of Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board. In order to meet new plastic norms, Snacks packets size is being reduced in after a Statewide ban on the sale of larger packets as it contributes to the Plastic Pollution. It is already being thought that the same shall be followed in rest of the states as well. Sustainable Packaging Solutions are need of the hour in order to reduce,

Walt Disney Bans the Plastic Straws

We use close to 10 million straws a day all made of plastics. Another figure puts 500 million Straws are used alone in USA every day.  A single restaurant chain uses close to 900,000 straws every day in Australia. More than half of it enters oceans and landfills. Going by the numbers, Walt Disney like other major giants i.e Starbucks have decided to ban straws from their restaurants in all the locations across the world. Plastic Straws create havoc and

Scourge of the planet

Plastic, plastic everywhere and not a single solution in the Sight. Mankind has benefitted from the use of plastics in the last century on a very vast scale. But the Problem with plastic  has taken a significant turn since the decade of 90s. The problem with Plastic is its long-lasting life making it impossible to biodegrade in normal biodegradable environments and it ends up in landfills and waterways clogging the pores and arteries of the sewerage systems and microplastics clogging the