Global movement unites to tackle plastic pollution, urging governments and brands to put reuse at the heart of recovery plans

Global environmental NGOs including Friends of the Earth, City to Sea and Break Free From Plastic are joining forces to call on businesses, governments and individuals to put reuse and refill at the centre of their efforts to tackle plastic pollution.  The urgent call came on World Refill Day (16th June) to highlight the fact that despite an increase in public awareness over recent years, plastic pollution remains a growing environmental problem. Exclusive analysis released by City to Sea of data from Reloop, shows that currently Europe burns, landfills and litters over 50 billion single-use beverage containers a year, the majority of which are plastic. But significantly the analysis suggests that with…

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First of its kind period product guide produced catering to the Disabled community

City to Sea, the organisation behind the education programme Rethink Periods and campaign Plastic Free Periods, has launched a first of its kind product guide for period products that includes considerations specifically asked for by users with disabilities. The guide comes with a star ranking system for considerations such as heightened sensitivities, reduced dexterity, preparation and maintenance, and comfort.   The new guide is designed primarily to support people with impairments and conditions, enabling them to make informed decisions about which period products they wish to use, potentially leading to an improved quality of life during menstruation. The guide will also…

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It’s time for restaurants and cafes to #ReturnToRefill post lockdown to cut plastic litter says environmentalists

City to Sea, who are behind the award-winning Refill campaign and app which helps people to eat, drink and shop with less plastic, are highlighting the simple steps coffee shops and foodservice businesses can follow to keep their customers safe and look after the planet at the same time. The organisation is encouraging businesses to accept environmentally friendly reusables products like coffee cups and water bottles saying that it’s time to get ready to ‘reopen, reuse and refill’.   City to Sea has produced free guidance for businesses in accepting water refills in reusable bottles, reusable coffee cup refills and food packaging refills, as well as providing a comprehensive road map for the…

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World Water Day: Action urged on plastic water bottles

City to Sea and Friends of the Earth are marking World Water Day today by urging politicians, companies and the public to help reduce plastic pollution caused by the billions of single-use plastic water bottles used in the UK every year. • Around 14 billion plastic bottles were estimated to be used in the UK in 2018.• Billions of these are plastic water bottles – 7.7 billion it was estimated in 2017. • Every single day, it’s been estimated that around 16 million plastic bottles in the UK are not recycled,…

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New report provides road map for how the food-to-go sector can build back better and limit a second wave of plastic pollution.

Environmental not-for-profit City to Sea and Knowledge Partners, Eunomia, have released a new report, which is the first of its kind in the UK, taking an in-depth look at the single-use packaging problem in the food-to-go sector, which includes businesses like cafes, fast food outlets and coffee chains in the UK. The report identifies a lack of progress towards the Waste Hierarchy and helps the food-to-sector find their way through the plastic-filled maze towards prevention and reuse. The UK now produces more plastic waste per person than any other major…

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