BBC to ban single-use plastics

The BBC has announced that it plans to ban single-use plastics by 2020, after the television series Blue Planet II highlighted the devastation wrought by plastic pollution in the seas.

Throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped at BBC sites by the end of this year, followed by plastic containers in canteens by 2019.

The Scottish Parliament has also announced that it plans to ban plastic straws, following similar announcements by restaurants including Pizza Express, Wagamama and JD Wetherspoon.

For further information, click here.

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BRAG’s first Restart Party kicks off at Friends of Cathja

BRAG held its first Restart Party on 25 November. The Friends of Cathja charity shop provided a room for us to use for repairing electric and electronic items. Rishi from the shop, and Jo from the Restart Project were our fixers.  West London Waste lent us some basic equipment, Jo brought his own repair kit and there were some tools available in the shop. Continue reading

Petition calls for 5p charge on disposable coffee cups

A recently launched petition is calling on environment secretary Michael Gove and business secretary Greg Clark to impose a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups. It also encourages people to bring in a reusable cup to coffee shops for their daily caffeine routine.

As of 3 November, nearly 64,000 had signed the petition; the goal is to reach 75,000 signatures. To sign, click on this link.

 

UK government launches public consultation on bottle deposit scheme

Environment Minister Michael Gove has just launched a public consultation about introducing a bottle deposit scheme in England. The news follows the delivery of a bottle deposit petition, an initiative of Surfers Against Sewage, to 10 Downing Street. The petition attracted 250,000 signatures, calling on the minister to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution. Continue reading

Borough Market to ban plastic bottles

Borough Market plans to ban sales of single-use plastic bottles and instead introduce refillable bottles made from recycled plastic, which customers can buy from stalls around the south London food market. The market has introduced three new drinking fountains, giving visitors easy access to free water. Borough Market’s managing director, Darren Henaghan, said the move is part of its commitment to make it the greenest place to shop in Britain, and said he hopes others will follow suit.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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

Hubbub launches campaign to tackle litter in UK waterways

Environmental charity Hubbub has launched the first of a series of campaigns to help reduce the amount of litter going into the UK’s waterways.

According to Hubbub, 300 tonnes of rubbish is cleared from the Thames each year.  Typical city rubbish – small pieces of litter such as travel tickets, food wrappers, disposable crockery and cigarette butts – are a particular problem. Continue reading

Save the date: Public meeting on healthy eating, food waste on 20 September in Ealing

Want to find out more about healthy eating, reducing food waste and improving sustainability? Then come to Ealing Friends of the Earth‘s public meeting on Tuesday, 20 September 2016, at the Vine Room in St. John’s church in West Ealing. The meeting will run from 7pm to 9pm.

Speakers will include Kierra Box, from Friends of the Earth’s food campaign; Roger St Paul of West London Waste; and Jules Tennick, post-graduate in food safety and control. Recycled/ reclaimed food will be served with refreshments on the day.

Venue: St John’s Church, Mattock Lane, West Ealing W13 9LA
How to get there:
By bus:
– E2 and E3: stop on Northfield Avenue, a 2-minute walk from the church
– 207 and 427: stop on Uxbridge Road in West Ealing, a 5-minute walk
By train: West Ealing, a 10-minute walk
By Tube: South Ealing (Piccadilly Line), a 20-minute walk

Hope to see you there.

EU agrees strict targets for reduction of plastic-bag use

The 28 EU member states will be required to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags by 80% by 2025 under new rules agreed by the European Union this week. Countries can decide themselves how to achieve the goal, through measures such as charges for plastic bags or outright bans.

There is already a 5p charge for single-use bags in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and England will follow suit in October, with the money collected to be used for environmental and charitable causes.