New guidance to address confusion over compostable plastic packaging

WRAP, which leads The UK Plastics Pact, has published new guidance to help businesses make informed choices when considering the use of compostable packaging. Based on the products and infrastructure that are available to packaging designers and specifiers today, the guidance identifies key applications and opportunities for compostable plastic packaging. These are often items which are likely to have food residue on them and could potentially facilitate the recycling of food waste. The key potential uses are: Food caddy liners (and other bags such as carrier bags or fruit and…

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More than a quarter of a million school children experiencing literary poverty

A child in literary poverty is defined as a child who is read to or with for pleasure, for less than 15 minutes a week outside of school. BookTrust’s latest study shows that 345,000* (14%) school children aged seven to nine are currently falling into this category, with a further 17% on the border, being read to or with for less than half an hour a week. Worryingly, six per cent of children aged 7-9 fall into the worse category of literary poverty, with their parents or guardians never reading to…

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 ‘She Deserves’

The UK is a nation of chocoholics, but many of us don’t know the bitter truth of exploited farmers behind much of the sweet chocolate we enjoy. Fairtrade Fortnight, the annual campaign calling for cocoa farmers to be paid fairly for their work and earn a living income, will run from 24th February – 8th March.  This year Fairtrade’s nationwide ‘She Deserves’ campaign is highlighting the hidden inequality experienced by the women and girls behind the multibillion global chocolate industry. In West Africa, where 60% of the world’s cocoa is grown, the average woman cocoa farmer earns as little…

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Chris Packham calls on television industry to make production carbon neutral within three years

Chris Packham CBE has called on the television industry to pledge that environmental television productions will be carbon neutral within three years, as he delivered the BAFTA Television Lecture at London’s Barbican Centre on Tuesday 21 January. The award-winning wildlife and natural world broadcaster, conservationist, photographer and writer also called on the industry to reject misinformation and to continue to put facts at the heart of content. Calling for the television industry to do much more to reduce its impact on the environment and to continue to highlight the problem,…

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2019 Edelman Trust Barometer Reveals “My Employer” Is the Most Trusted Institution

The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust has changed profoundly in the past year with “my employer” emerging as the most trusted institution. Globally, “my employer” (75 percent) is significantly more trusted than NGOs (57 percent), business (56 percent), government (48 percent) and media (47 percent). “The last decade has seen a loss of faith in traditional authority figures and institutions,” said Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman. “More recently, people have lost confidence in the social platforms that fostered peer-to-peer trust. These forces have led people to…

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