Shopping bags that animals can safely eat

Avani, a company in the Philippines, has developed an alternative to plastic bags that is truly biodegradable – and safe for animals to eat. Called Eco-Bags, the bags are made with cassava root mixed with vegetable oil, and are compostable and biodegradable. They can also be dissolved in less than 150 days when discarded in water. Avani aims to create a range of other eco-friendly products normally made with plastic, including takeout containers, disposable cups and plates.

For more information, see http://www.avanieco.com/product/eco-bags

Environment secretary supports deposit-return system for bottles

Last week Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for the Environment, came out strongly in support of the campaign to introduce a deposit-return system for the UK.

Mr Gove told Sky News: “There’s a real challenge for people like me in Government to step up to the plate and reduce the amount of plastic going into our oceans.” He added that “change needs to come“, as pollution from plastics is “killing whales, choking dolphins and degrading our oceans and seas“. Continue reading

New Circular Economy Route Map

A new route map developed by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) was launched on 19 June outlining how the collective buying power of the private sector could catalyse the circular economy in London, unlocking £2.8bn annually in the process. LWARB wants London to be the global leader of the circular economy, claiming that it would make a substantial contribution to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to create a zero-carbon city by 2050. Read more at Route map to circular economy.

 

Cultivate London presents a Summer Solstice party with La Trompette

Celebrate the longest day of the year, and help Cultivate London raise funds for its youth and community training programmes, by attending an outdoor cocktail party at the Salopian Garden on Tuesday, 20th June 2017, 18.00-22.00.

A range of seasonal canapés prepared by Chef Rob Weston and his team from Michelin Star restaurant La Trompette (Chiswick) will be available on the evening, featuring fresh produce direct from Salopian Garden. Continue reading