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 •  October 2

Coca-Cola increased its production of throwaway plastic bottles last year by well over a billion, according to analysis by Greenpeace. The world’s biggest soft drinks company does not disclose how much plastic packaging it puts into the market. But analysis by the campaign group Greenpeace reveals what they say is an increase in production of...

The Guardian

 •  July 11

Coca-Cola is to radically increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles, the Guardian understands, amid pressure from environmentalists and new figures that show more than a million plastic bottles are bought globally every minute. The world’s biggest drinks brand is expected to announce on Wednesday that it will increase its target for...

The Guardian

 •  March 24

The fragility of our carbon-based economy is becoming increasingly costly for energy-intensive companies to ignore. Where once decarbonisation might have been an outward-facing sustainability exercise, it is now a strategic priority for companies looking to both mitigate their long-term risk and reduce their environmental footprint. While there are...

The Guardian

 •  November 21, 2016

Recycling groups said the problem was largely caused by consumer uncertainty. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Only a third of plastic packaging used in consumer products is recycled each year, with almost two-thirds sent to landfill or incinerated, according to new research. Of the 1.5m tonnes of recyclable plastic waste used by...

The Guardian

 •  October 31, 2016

A California-based company is making high performance sustainable fabrics using a bioengineered yeast designed to mimic the silk-producing abilities of spiders. Photograph: Patrick Pleul/EPA In the future, the 20th century may well be regarded as the fossil fuel century. Oil, coal and natural gas powered vehicles and power plants and provided the...

The Guardian

 •  October 6, 2016

From removing carcinogens from furniture to banning ineffective antibacterial chemicals, the struggle to create a healthier and more sustainable chemical landscape continues to attract widespread attention. Photograph: Baona/Getty Images/iStockphoto This year, green chemistry celebrates its 25th birthday. The science of finding more sustainable and...

The Guardian

 •  September 6, 2016

The automated hanging system at John Lewis’s Magna Park 3 distribution centre. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters The day before Sports Direct lets the public into its warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, a rival retailer showed a very different warehouse to the press. The £150m extension to John Lewis’s Milton Keynes depot features pastel...

The Guardian

 •  August 31, 2016

Ford hopes to use agave fibers to create a so-called bioplastic to replace synthetic materials in its cars for things like storage bins, air-conditioning ducts and fuse boxes. Photograph: Ford When you put tequila and cars side-by-side, the story doesn’t usually end well. But Ford is trying to change the narrative. The car manufacturer has plans to...

The Guardian

 •  May 30, 2014

Forget old-style alchemy. A California-based tech company has come up with something far cooler than just turning dull metal into shiny metal. Using a proprietary 'biocatalyst' machine, Newlight Technologies has devised a way of taking greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and turning it into plastic pellets.
The AirCarbon technology promises not ...

The Guardian

 •  May 20, 2014

Councils in Scotland are to dramatically reorganise their recycling schemes by targeting materials that cause the most damage to the climate, such as food waste, textiles and plastics.
From 2013, councils and householders will be asked to recycle far more of the waste that has a "high carbon impact" and is more environmentally damaging, under a ...