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Straws and stirrers to be banned in England

The sale of plastic straws and stirrers could be banned as early as next year under new plans announced by the prime minister. Theresa May marked the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit by outlining plans to ban the sale of these items in England, along with plastic-stemmed cotton buds, as part of…
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Costa pledges to recycle half a billion cups

Costa has raised the bar on paper cup recycling by promising to recycle the equivalent of all of its takeaway cups by 2020. The coffee shop chain is incentivising waste collectors to recycle takeaway cups by offering £70 for every tonne of cups collected, increasing the value of one tonne of cups from an average…
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‘Ethical’ Brits make dubious choices

They say actions speak louder than words, and now research has exposed the gap between the number of Brits who identify themselves as ethical consumers and those who actually make ethical choices. Nine in ten Britons surveyed by hospitality software provider Fourth, claimed to be an “ethical consumer”, however 40% said they throw out plastic…
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Men earn more in leading catering firms

Eight out of the UK’s 10 leading contract caterers have reported a gender pay gap of more than 10% in hourly wages, according to a new Footprint analysis. The investigation, to be published in full in Monday’s Footprint Premium, also identified significant imbalance in the proportion of women who feature among the top 25% of…
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Iceland’s palm oil ban attracts support and criticism

Frozen food specialist Iceland has announced that it will stop using palm oil in all its own label food by the end of the year. The ingredient has already been removed from 50% of the range, with 100 new palm oil free lines rolled out. “Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest…
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Reformed childhood obesity plan on its way

Whitehall officials are reportedly thrashing out new rules to limit junk food marketing. Ministers are also mulling over whether to force restaurants to label unhealthy food, according to a report in the Times. The changes are thought to be under consideration as part of a review of the childhood obesity strategy. Last month, rumours started…
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2018 Footprint Awards Shortlist of Sustainability Elite Announced

The shortlist for Footprint Awards is announced, revealing the foodservice and hospitality sector’s leading responsible business initiatives. Footprint Awards remains the only initiative to honour the achievements of companies in the area of sustainability and responsible business practice in the out of home sector and its supply chain. These awards are open to organisations at…
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Soft drinks prices set to spike

The price of sugary soft drinks is set to increase from 6 April as the government’s soft drinks levy comes into effect. The new levy requires manufacturers to pay 18p per litre to the government for products with a total sugar content of five grams or more per 100 millilitres, and 24p per litre for…
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Starbucks offers $10m reward for coffee cup innovation

Starbucks has announced plans to invest $10m (£7m) in funding entrepreneurs to develop a recyclable, compostable coffee cup solution within the next three years. The coffee shop chain has partnered with Closed Loop Partners, a platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy, to launch a NextGen Cup…
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UK emissions fall; but agriculture stalls

UK greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 43% since 1990, despite an ongoing failure to reduce emissions within the agricultural sector. Provisional government data shows that total UK greenhouse gas emissions fell by 3% between 2016 and 2017. Carbon emissions, which account for more than 80% of total greenhouse gas emissions, fell most sharply in…
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