Waitrose & Partners funds new fellowships aimed at tackling plastics

Waitrose & Partners is funding a number of University fellowships to boost new thinking on how to find, test and share effective solutions to tackle plastic pollution.   The Blue Charter Fellowships, run by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), will receive funding from the supermarket for ten new fellowships to lead world-class research and innovation in marine plastics. Marine plastics has become a pressing global environmental problem, with figures showing that plastic in our oceans will outweigh fish by 2050 if current trends continue. While work is being done…

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Waitrose retains tier 1 status in BBFAW and named “global leader”

The seventh annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, backed by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, has named Waitrose & Partners a “global leader” for farm animal welfare practices. Since 2014, Waitrose & Partners has been one of a small number of businesses that have achieved Tier 1 status for the Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), which is an annual survey based on organisational commitments to animal welfare. The supermarket retailer has once again been named as one of the few companies covered by the…

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Waitrose & Partners increase support to Fairtrade farmers with new cocoa commitment

Waitrose & Partners has committed to making all cocoa in its own brand confectionery 100% Fairtrade by the end of the year. The conversion to Fairtrade cocoa in all own brand confectionery will significantly increase the volume of Fairtrade cocoa sold in Waitrose & Partners stores, helping to improve living standards for cocoa farmers. The commitment will extend to over 100 confectionery lines and increase the supermarket’s annual Fairtrade investment to more than $3.3 million, a figure that supports farmers, workers and producer organisations across the Fairtrade network. Announced at…

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Waitrose & Partners launches £1m initiative to tackle UK plastic pollution

Plan Plastic – The Million Pound Challenge will award money, over one year, to projects that can demonstrate an impact on plastic pollution now and in the future. The retailer is partnering with environmental charity Hubbub to support the chosen projects and measure the impact of the grants.   The £1 million fund has been raised from the sale of 5p carrier bags and grants will range from £150,000 to £300,000.  Applications for Plan Plastic are open until 24th February and will be welcomed from a range of organisations including…

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Waitrose & Partners encourages customers to use reusable containers for meat and fish

Customers shopping at Waitrose & Partners are being encouraged to bring reusable containers to take home products from the supermarket’s fresh service counters to help save plastic bags. Shoppers at the supermarket have been able to bring their own clean, lidded containers to take home their fresh meat and fish rather than taking a plastic bag for some time, but signs have now gone up in all stores with meat and fish counters to increase awareness of the policy. Encouraging customers to adopt reusables forms a key part of the…

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