Unilever, the global manufacturer of household brands such as Dove and Persil, has announced that it will commit to halving its use of virgin plastic by 2025.
The Anglo-Dutch company, which currently uses around 700,000 tonnes of plastic packaging annually, plans to halve this figure by reducing its absolute plastic usage by 100,000 tonnes, investing in refillable packaging and alternative packaging materials.
A new recycling scheme at the University of Sussex aims to repurpose second-hand duvets for a range of uses, including as children’s car seat interiors and to cover floor surfaces in horse riding arenas.
On National Refill Day, Bristol City Council has announced the installation of eight new water fountains around the city to cut plastic bottle consumption. However, recent research by SodaStream found that only 28 per cent of councils are engaged with local plastic bottle waste initiatives.
Since its inception in 1993, Community RePaint has been working to reuse as much leftover paint as possible, redistributing 5.5 million litres to community organisations and low-income individuals at affordable prices, and providing training opportunities for people out of work up and down the country.