Smart product design holds the key to erasing waste and creating a more circular economy. Edward Perchard talks to a host of experts about ecodesign, extended producer responsibility, and what's holding us back.
The Environmental Audit Committee is calling for the government to issue a ban on microbeads in cosmetics by the end of 2017, as it believes a voluntary commitment by cosmetic companies is not enough to stem the rise in plastic entering the oceans.
A partnership has developed new technology to extract unused paint with an industrial vacuum cleaner, with the companies behind it hoping that the process will ensure progress towards a circular economy.
European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella says that the implementation of the Circular Economy Package’s action plan is ‘on track’, but has warned that a progress report will not be carried out for another five years.