"Plastics: we can’t live without them, but we can be killed by them if we don’t deal with them properly," said European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans as the EU has adopted the first ever Europe-wide plastics strategy today (16 January), placing an emphasis on creating secondary markets for recycled plastics in its bid to create a truly circular economy in Europe.
The recycling rate in London’s flats must increase by 40 per cent if the Mayor of London’s target of a recycling rate of 65 per cent by 2030 is to be achieved, according to a report by the London Assembly’s Environment Committee.
The Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Mark Walport, has warned about the sheer bulk of waste being produced in the UK before emphasising the opportunities for generating value from this waste and creating a more prosperous society.
Agreement on legislation designed to make Europe more resource efficient has been welcomed by industry groups, but with the caveat that reduced ambition in EU plans risks slowing down the transition to a circular economy.
By 2050 the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget, a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and backed by Stella McCartney claims, calling for a New Textiles Economy and ambitious change to stop the problem in its tracks.
Perth, Leith and central Edinburgh have been selected as the locations for the latest round of Scotland’s Zero Waste Towns project and will share nearly £900,000 of funding to further Zero Waste principles in these areas.
REPIC has funded a joint research project with researchers at the University of Lancaster to analyse data on WEEE flows to improve collection rates and forecasting in order to shape electronic waste recycling policy in the UK.
The environment is not usually high on a list of priorities for a fashion designer, but Ryan Mario Yasin is hoping to change all that with a range of clothes that grow as children do. Rob Cole takes to the catwalk to talk sustainable fashion models.