University of Leeds and Leeds University Union pledge to become single-use plastic-free by 2023.

The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union have together pledged to become single-use plastic-free by 2023. Single-use plastic items are designed to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. Single Out: 2023PlasticFree The campaign, Single Out: 2023PlasticFree, crucially commits the University and Union to phase out single-use plastic across the board, not just in catering and office spaces. Dr Louise Ellis, Director of Sustainability at the University, said: This is a huge commitment and a big challenge for us, but we are determined to play…

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Goldenvoice’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival Phases out Single-Use Plastic Straws in Favor of Biodegradable Paper Straws

Goldenvoice’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival has phased out single-use plastic straws, making it the first festival in the world to align with Lonely Whale’s ‘For A Strawless Ocean,’ an open-source guide to reduce plastic pollution. According to Lonely Whale, across the United States, nearly 500 million plastic straws are used and tossed each day, amounting to approximately 12 million pounds of plastic waste each year. The initiative coincides with Earth Month 2018 and also will be implemented at the upcoming Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival taking place April 27-29,…

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Single use plastic to be phased out at the National Trust

The National Trust has announced it will phase out selling single use plastics at its places by 2022. The conservation charity has already eliminated plastic from its disposable cups and cutlery, instead choosing plant based biodegradable products, and will withdraw from sale throwaway plastic bottles across its 343 cafes and tea rooms. The Trust, which cares for over 500 historic places, 775 miles of coastline and 250,000 hectares of countryside, is committed to: Ensuring all its shops are free of single use plastic by 2022. Removing all single use plastic…

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The last straw: Waitrose ditches plastic straws in its cafes

UK Supermarket Waitrose will will only offer paper straws in its cafes, building on its pledge to not sell plastic straws from September 2018, The retailer’s commitment to reduce the impact plastic has on the environment will see all its cafes replacing plastic straws with paper versions from the end of April 2018. This means 600,000 straws a year will be converted to a home compostable material which is Forest Stewardship Council certified. The supermarket has already announced that it will not sell packs of single-use plastic straws from September…

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BBC to ban single-use plastic

The BBC has announced a three-step plan to remove single-use plastic from our operations by 2020. Plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped by the end of 2018, ending the use of around 2 million plastic cups used by visitors and staff across the BBC’s sites a year. Several BBC sites have already begun to remove plastic cups from kitchens and replace with glasses wherever possible. This will be rolled out to all BBC offices. Plastic containers will be removed from canteens by 2019 starting with a pilot in Salford this…

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