Waitrose gives £1 million to tackle plastic pollution

Waitrose has announced a donation of half a million pounds from carrier bag levy funds to the Commonwealth Marine Plastics Research and Innovation Challenge Fund. Focused on supporting research into the issue of plastics in the marine environment, the Fund also aims to prevent the material finding its way into the ocean. Rob Collins, Managing Director of Waitrose, said: ‘‘We’re very pleased to be an early contributor to the Fund and wish it every success in tackling these pressing issues. It feels appropriate that our support is coming from carrier…

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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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UK consumers continue to embrace Fairtrade as market grows

UK shoppers continue to show their support for Fairtrade, with new independent sales figures revealing that retail sales for Fairtrade grew by 7% in 2017, alongside increased business engagement. The independent data from Kantar Worldpanel underline the extent to which the UK public continue to support Fairtrade. Volumes were also up, with a 2.5% growth in the 52 weeks ending 31 December 2017. The figures back up the findings of the Fairtrade Foundation, which show public support for Fairtrade at an all-time high. New data shows that 93% of people…

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Waitrose Foundation expands out of Africa for first time to Costa Rica

Waitrose’s ethical trading initiative which invests in farm workers’ communities is to extend beyond Africa for the first time in its history. Costa Rica will become the first country outside Africa to join the Waitrose Foundation, which currently funds projects in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, with the aim of expanding the scheme to 12 countries by 2020. From today customers will see the Waitrose Foundation logo on the retailer’s Costa Rican wholehead pineapples. The long-term supplier to the supermarket, Chestnut Hill Farms, has joined the initiative that invests a share…

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More UK Businesses Stop Clutching At Straws

Wagamama, Pret a Manger and Costa have all announced they will stop offering plastic straws to customers whilst Waitrose and Morrisons have said they will stop selling them. As part of our ongoing commitment to reducing waste & increasing #Recycling we are removing plastic straws from our stores. We will launch a non-plastic alternative straw this year as part of an on-going review into all our packaging & takeaway cups ♻️ — Costa Coffee (@CostaCoffee) January 17, 2018 disposal of single-use plastic is causing damage to our planet. so, we’re…

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