The New ‘Green’ Tea: Co-op Brews Up Solution To Plastic Tea Bags

The Co-op is brewing up a fully biodegradable paper tea bag, making it the first retailer to find a solution to the problem of plastic waste caused by the nation’s favourite beverage. The convenience retailer’s famous own-brand 99 tea will be developed without polypropylene, which is an industry-wide method used to enable teabags to hold their shape. The move could save nine tonnes of plastic every year from being dumped into household rubbish and compost collections. The Co-op, which sells around 4.6 million boxes of tea annually (around 367 million…

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City Hearts and Co-op Launch Bright Future Programme to help Victims of Modern Slavery

Victims of modern slavery across the UK have been thrown a jobs lifeline thanks to the Co-op and charity City Hearts. The Co-op, which has pioneered a job creation programme in the North-west whereby survivors of modern slavery are offered permanent employment, is now creating a national scheme that will enable other enlightened employers throughout the country to do the same. With the support of City Hearts, a northern-based charity dedicated to supporting modern slavery victims, the Co-op is creating a national matching system that will enable other companies to…

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Iceland Foods and Co-op support UK Deposit Return Scheme

Iceland and the Co-op have become the first supermarkets to back a UK-wide bottle deposit return system (DRS) as a way of tackling the growing threat of ocean plastic pollution. The announcements came in a response to a Greenpeace survey of supermarkets views about the introduction of a UK-wide DRS system. Scotland has already decided to introduce a DRS and England and Wales are currently considering the option. In response to the survey Iceland stated that it ‘fully supports Greenpeace’s call for the Government to impose a bottle Deposit Return…

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Brewgooder ‘Thirst’ for tackling water poverty takes step forward with Co-op

An ambition to turn craft beer into clean drinking water for One Million people facing water poverty has taken a further step forward for an Edinburgh-based social enterprise who have secured a listing with the Co-op. Brewgooder, which donates 100% of its profits to water charities, has secured a deal to supply approaching 100 of the community retailer’s stores from this month. Last year, Brewgooder announced its mission to provide clean water for 1M people by donating 100% of profits from sales of its craft beer to water charities –…

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What will you see in Cardiff? – All About the Iris Prize

The Iris Prize Festival is a six-day celebration of LGBT film in Cardiff, Wales (UK). The programme includes screenings of the 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 15 Best British Short nominees, as well as feature films, parties, talks, the Producers Forum and much more. The festival culminates with the Iris Carnival, where the award winners are crowned, including the winner of the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize, supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation. It takes place from the 10th to the 16th October. Organisers announced…

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