Waitrose to Phase Out Takeaway Coffee Cups in Cambridge ...

Waitrose has announced plans to remove all disposable coffee cups from its shops by this autumn, as part of efforts to reduce plastics and packaging.Members of the myWaitrose loyalty scheme will still be able to get free tea or coffee from self-service machines as a reward for shopping at the supermarket, but will be asked to use a reusable "keep cup", the company said.The removal of disposable cups will initially take place in nine stores from April 30, as a trial for managing the changeover, before the scheme is rolled out nationwide in a phased programme by the autumn.Waitrose said the move, which comes as the Government is considering a "latte levy" which would bring in a charge on disposable coffee cups, would save more than 52 million cups a year.According to the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee, the UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups a year, almost none of which are recycled, with the cups hard to recycle due to their plastic lining.Tor Harris, head of sustainability and responsible sourcing at Waitrose, said: "We realise this is a major change, but we believe removing all takeaway disposable cups is the right thing to do for our business and are confident the majority of customers will support the environmental benefits."It underlines our commitment to plastic and packaging reduction and our aim is to deliver this as quickly as possible."As part of the changes, myWaitrose members will not be able to claim their free hot drink in the chain's 180 in-store cafes, to avoid customers without a reusable cup who cannot use the self-service machines putting increased pressure on the catering areas.Instead, myWaitrose members who purchase a tea or coffee in a cafe will get a choice of food options for free or with a significant discount, the company said.The first nine shops to see disposable cups removed will be Banbury, Oxfordshire; Billericay, Essex; Ipswich, Suffolk; Newmarket, Suffolk; Norwich, Norfolk; Sudbury, Suffolk; Wymondham, Norfolk; Upminster, east London; and Fitzroy Street, Cambridge.

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Call for 'latte Levy' to Cut Cup Waste Is Backed by MPs ...
Calls to make people pay more to use disposable coffee cups - a plan already being considered in Wales - have been taken up by a committee of MPs. They want UK ministers to impose a 25p "latte levy" per cup, on top of the coffee price, to fund better recycling and reprocessing systems.The UK throws away 2.5bn coffee cups each year, the committee was told.Welsh ministers are considering asking for powers to tax the cups and other plastics that are difficult to recycle.Disposable coffee cups can be tricky to recycle because most are made with a combination of paper and plastic.The report, by the Commons' Environmental Audit Committee, calls for better labelling for consumers, and for UK ministers to introduce measures to make sure all coffee cups are recycled within five years. Committee member Anna McMorrin, Labour MP for Cardiff North, said: "We all use them, but as the committee discovered hardly any are recycled and most are littered, resulting in 2.5bn a year being thrown away."That's enough to circle the planet five and a half times."Ms McMorrin said the Welsh Government had "led the way in the UK" by introducing a charge for carrier bags and "we've seen single-use carrier bag usage drop by 71%"."That's why the committee believes that introducing a 25p charge on disposable coffee cups could have the same impact on consumer behaviour, and encourage people to carry their own reusable coffee cup."She added: "With the coffee shop market expanding rapidly, and more coffee cups being produced, we now have the opportunity to kick start a revolution in recycling. "We need coffee cup producers, distributors and governments to take urgent action to rectify this - and if they can't achieve this by 2023, then they should be banned."But Mike Turner, of the Paper Cup Alliance, said they were the most sustainable and safe solution for drinks on-the-go. "The paper cups we manufacture in the UK are sustainably sourced, responsibly produced, recyclable and, through a number of facilities, are being recycled. We are committed to increasing recycling rates," he said."Taxing the morning coffee run will not address the issue of litter, but it will hurt consumers and impact already struggling high streets."Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has said he will take proposals to UK ministers, based on one of four possible options for a new Welsh tax, later this year.The three alternatives to a disposable plastic tax are a tax on vacant land, one to fund social care and a tourism tax.The proposals would require approval from assembly members, the UK government and Parliament before they could be implemented.Plaid Cymru climate change spokesman Simon Thomas said: "I'm confident the best option is to have a polluter pays principle when it comes to taxation and introduce a plastic levy. This could easily include coffee cups."
Hobart Airport One of Six Airports in Australia to Receive Level 2 Carbon Accreditation
To mark Earth Day on Monday, Hobart Airport has announced it has received Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation.Hobart Airport is one of six airports in Australia with a Level 2 accreditation from the global program that encourages and rewards airports for neutralising their carbon footprint.Environment Manager Kirsten Leggett said she was thrilled to see their environment work recognised on a global scale."It is a real testament to our entire organisation and the commitment or our team towards becoming a more environmentally sustainable airport," Ms Leggett said."With our Carbon Management Plan now in place to guide and measure our future environmental efforts, we hope to keep up this momentum."We have our sights on achieving a Level 3 Accreditation in the coming years." Hobart Airport was awarded Level 1 Mapping Accreditation in 2017, and were upgraded to Level 2 following a reduction in energy and water use, fuel consumption and waste generation.The airport has recently introduced a three-stream waste management in the terminal, segregating recycling, organics and general waste and was the first airport in Australia to introduce a low-power High Intensity Approach and taxiway system, using Light-Emitting Diode lighting in the runway extension project.Ms Leggett said the airport has already observed outstanding rates of success in segregating waste generated within the terminal and diverting waste from landfill."We have also been working with our food and beverage tenants to introduce compostable packaging and coffee cups at all outlets, which is now disposed of as organic waste," Ms Leggett said."Moving forward, we plan to implement more sustainable practices including arrangements to phase out plastic straws." The airport will release its Annual Environmental Report summary by the end of the year.
Are Takeaway Coffee Cups Recyclable?
A study from the University of Victoria in Canada created a 'break-even' matrix for the energy inputs in production of disposable paper cups compared with reusable plastic, glass and ceramic cups. It found that you would need to use a glass reusable cup 15 times before it becomes equally energy efficient to a paper cup.Do I bake my cupcakes with the paper cups in the tins??No, you can use the paper cups or you can use foil cups. They do not burn. I've used them beforeHow can I get the buyers for paper cups in India?Probably use the strongest mode of communication. THE GREAT INTERNETCan I Bake Cupcakes Without Paper Cups?if you need them to remain fresh till your party, youre better off buying those paper wrappers. In a pinch, you can spray the muffin tins with spray oil and bake them but you run the risk of some of the cupcakes breaking when you remove them from the pan.Cupcakes recipe without Paper Cups?just use shortening on your muffin panIs it considered impolite to bring nothing but a bottle of soda and paper cups to a potluck, and still help yourself to full plates of what others have cooked or paid more money for?A pot luck is just that, a plate of food, but if you are going to bring drinks, it should be more than just one bottleDoes using paper cups and bags in fastfood really help?well u r reuseing ritean you just only use paper cups for cupcakes instead of using the pan itself?there is a good chance that if you do not have a 9 x 13 pan with 2 inch high sides to place all the cupcake papers together tightly in, then the batter will push the papers out and they will make a mess. Put the papers tightly together in the pan and then put the batter in them, good luck. Icing: 1/2 cup softened butter, 8 oz of softened brick cream cheese, 5 cups of icing sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix all together with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer on low.How do you know what paper cups to recycle?there made of paper? idkkWhen baking cupcakes, how much batter do you put in the paper cups?fill the cup a third of the way updo coffee spots(starbucks,etc.)allow ppl to bring mugs so that we can save paper cups?Yup, they sure do. Most coffee shops actually encourage it. They will probably charge you for the size that most closely matches your mug. And for shopping, the most earth-friendly way is the canvas tote. Before I had totes, I would bring my own plastic and paper shopping bags from previous trips and just reuse them until they were too worn out. We shop at a grocery store where you do your own bagging, so the concept was not too ridiculous.is there any hydrophobic material to be used on paper cups? [closed]The paper cups I have seen already have wax on the inside to prevent water from soaking the paperdo you need to put paper cups in a muffin tray when you want to bake cupcakes?No, you are never required to use the little baking cups, but make sure your muffin tin is well greased inside the cups or you may have quite a bit of trouble extracting your cupcakesCan paper plates, paper towels, paper cups, and plastic silverwear be recycled? I usually throw this away.?As long as it's clean/dry all of the above is re-recyclablewhat experiment can i do with 2 paper cups?Two cups, a length of string; and you got a telephone. Two cups balanced on the end of a popcycle stick, can be a measuring scale, or on a pencil point act like a wind rotor.why cant paper cups and plates b recycled?they can be unless they have food that cant be gotten off. Who told you this?Where can you buy SHALLOW plastic or paper cups to make jello shots with?i am not sure, but try a party store or a drugstore
War on Christmas 2017: Fox News Asks If Starbucks Holiday Cups Are Pushing a "gay Agenda"
We're just settling into that dark blanket of panicked consumerism and repeat listenings of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" that is the holiday season. Proof positive of this is that familiar outlets have begunwonder aloud, again, if Starbucks is trying to destroy centuries of Christianity via insufficientlyfestive holiday cups - this time, in connection witha perceived effort to push the dreaded "gay agenda."You'll perhaps recall past instances of Starbucks attempting to undermine a two millennia-oldreligionfollowed by 2.2 billion people, once through paper coffee cups that used only green, abstract designs, oronce through cups that were simply all red. As The New York Times notes,a currentstandard bearer for the faith, President Donald J. Trump, assailed thesemi-progressivecorporationduring a campaign stop after its all-red cup came out in 2015 (this is your reminder that the 2016 campaign lasted two years)."I have one of the most successful Starbucks, in Trump Tower," said the then-candidate about the existential threat the coffeemaker presented for believers everywhere. "Maybe we should boycott Starbucks I don't know. Seriously, I don't care. That's the end of that lease, but who cares" He added, "If I become president, we're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas' again, that I can tell you. That I can tell you."This year's three cups, far from being a simple sheath of holiday color, feature a busy illustrationin which two arms hold hands. It is not clear what genders the bodies attached these hands are supposed to be or what sort of combination thereof they comprise. As a spokesperson for Starbucks told the Times, "This year's hand-drawn cup features scenes of celebrating with loved ones - whoever they may be." The spokesperson added, "We intentionally designed the cup so our customers can interpret it in their own way, adding their own color and illustrations."And interpret they did.As the Times notes,some on the LGBT-advocacy sideperceive it as two men, two women or one or two trans individuals holding hands, which reaffirms Starbucks' efforts here.Naturally, some on the LGBT side are taking it a step further, claiming that their personal interpretation of the genderless appendages is necessarily the only one. As well, some are seeing a lesbian couple in an illustration of two women talking, featured in the announcement video for the new cup (cups have announcement videos these days).It is, of course, wonderful and important that people who are oftenunderrepresented in societycan see themselves in something as mundane (yet ubiquitous) as a paper coffee cup. Yet,sayingthese aredefinitively lesbian, gay or trans images is beside the point. They areopen ones that anyone can project themselves into. Here, all narratives gain equal standing. That Starbucks was able to create suchan open-ended designis a feat and a boon in and of itself.But because it's essentially its job,Fox Newswaded into this non-story in the ongoing Culture Wars. Pairing aBuzzfeed article that notedthat the image was not explicitly heterosexual, not explicitly cisgendered, with a couple of tweets, Fox News'website sold the whole mess as a report ona supposedly massive backlash against thecoffee purveyorfor trying tomake baby Jesus gay.Now, Fox News itself doesn't go very far into actually proving that there is a right-wing avalanche of criticism here. It offers a couple of tweets and not much else. As far as Salon can tell, there's notreally more out there in the way of red-state rage. Matter of fact, look into the comments on that same Fox News post and you'll see that many of the site's readers see the whole matter as a massive serving of nothingburger, be they there to support or slam the right-wing outlet.That Fox News tried so very hard to make this into a thing, however, says quite a lot about where it is and how desperately it misses its foremost fighter in the War on Christmas, Bill O'Reilly. He totally would have made something wonderful of this.Not that it matters, anyway: Everyone, even the hard right, knows coffee cups can't turn you gay. Soy, however . . .
10 Best Reusable Coffee Cups
"Single-use" was Collins Dictionary's word of the year for 2018 - and for good reason. It seems we're finally waking up to the impact that single-use plastic is having on the planet, with documentaries such as David Attenborough's Blue Planet II serving as a rallying cry for us to clean up our act.Takeaway coffee cups form a significant part of the problem. While you may assume that they're recyclable, most single-use coffee cups contain a thin plastic lining.In fact, according to Paul Morozzo, a political campaigner for Greenpeace, the UK throws away 2.5 billion coffee cups each year and less than 1 per cent of these are recycled.He says: "Switching to a reusable coffee cup is a great way to cut your plastic footprint, and lots of businesses now offer discounts to customers who do this - so it's win-win." To help you on your way, we've tried out a wide range of reusable coffee cups and chosen the best on the market.We tested each product on the go over several days, assessing leakproofness, portability, the materials used and whether it kept our coffee hotter for longer.Our final pick ranges from sturdy flask-like models to those designed to look and function like your traditional takeaway cup.Here's our top 10:You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formd from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.The rCup is pretty unique. It's the brainchild of pioneering eco product-design company ashortwalk and environmental consultancy Nextex, and its outer, thermal layer is made entirely from used coffee cups. The companies have developed a hardy resin they call NextCupCycle, which is born from both the plastic and the thick paper of throwaway cups.The final result is the rCup: a sleek, reusable cup with a push-close seal and capacity for 360° drinking. It's also purported to be 100 per cent leak proof, a claim we found to be true regardless of any amount of jiggling in transit. Our coffee was warm enough to drink an hour after pouring too.The rCup is dishwasher safe, 100 per cent recyclable and free of BPA (that's bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that's often used in plastics and that can potentially release harmful toxins). The brand will also replace worn or damaged seals for free.Choose between a 227ml or 340ml cup with a teal, mustard or pink lid, and a black or cream body. All round, it's a reliable option with impressive eco credentials.Buy now Straightforward but effortlessly chic, Frank Green's offering sits somewhere between a small flask and a more traditional cup.While there's now a stainless-steel option available, the Aussie brand's original cup is made from a recyclable co-polymer, that's free of both BPA and BPS (another potentially harmful chemical) and is comfortingly robust. We found the push button on top to be a little stiff, but that's a small compromise given the cup kept our coffee hot for more than five hours. There were no leaks either, even when it was laid sideways at the bottom of a backpack - just remember to screw the lid on tight and make sure the drinking hole is clicked closed.If you're a design fiend, you'll love the fact that your cup is customisable. Decide between a 230ml or 340ml product and combine colours such as nude rose and harbour mist grey for an up-to-date look. This one's ideal for eco warriors with a keen sense of style.Buy now Hydro Flask is on a self-professed mission to "save the world from the lukewarm". They promise to keep your coffee piping hot and your cool beverages ice-cold for up to 6 hours and 24 hours respectively. Indeed, we found our coffee was warm enough to drink come 3pm, even though we made it just before 9am. Despite its hot contents, the flask's body remained cool to the touch.Hydro Flask's secret is the use of pro-grade stainless steel and a double-wall vacuum design that maintains the temperature of your drink. The lid (dubbed the Hydro flip lid) has a mechanism that can be easily clicked open and shut with one hand, and we found it didn't spill a drop when on the go.Design-wise, it's smart and fuss free. There's a rainbow of 11 colours available, from Lemon yellow to Pacific blue, and you can opt for a size of 354ml, 473ml or 592ml (roughly corresponding to small, medium and large in an average coffee shop). It's also BPA free and not too heavy considering its robustness. A dependable option whatever your lifestyle.Buy now A concept from cookware giant Tefal, this smart travel mug scores highly for its ability to lock in heat. Our coffee was still warm some six hours after we filled it up (Tefal promises four) and our cold drink remained chilly all day too. It's the mixture of stainless steel and soft BPA-free silicone that keeps your brew toasty.You open and close the cup by a simple button on the top, which allows for 360° drinking. Given its sturdiness, the cup is little heavier than some other products tested, but still light enough to carry around without too much fuss. It delivered on its claim to be "100 per cent leak-proof" too.Coming in plain black, blue or red, it's not quite as easy on the eye as some of the other products tested - but what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for with sheer quality. This is a practical, no-frills option from a trusted brand.Buy now While every product on this list has green credentials, Ecoffee's cup goes the extra mile. It's made from the fibre of "naturally organic" bamboo which, according to the brand, is the "world's fastest-growing, most sustainable crop". It's free of BPA and phthalates (another kind of chemical) and is completely biodegradable.Though not as leakproof as some other models, the lid is secure, modelled on a traditional takeaway cup, and its soft material makes it comfortable to drink from. Our coffee had cooled within the hour, but the product's light weight and grippable heat sleeve means it's ideal to carry in one hand and drink from on the go.It gets points for style too. You could go for a bold block colour, from eye-popping orange "Mrs Mills" to bright turquoise "Inca", or patterns range from florals to polka dots. Our favourite design is 'Like, totally!' (pictured) with its geometric flowers and rosy pink lid and heat sleeve. Ecoffee Cups are available in 250ml, 340ml, 400ml and 475ml.Buy now As the name suggests, the KeepCup brew range was created with coffee drinkers in mind. It's made from durable, tempered soda-lime glass and its leak-proof design means you can pop it in your bag while travelling (we're pleased to report no spillages).The lid has a nifty "twist and click" plug: a moveable part turns to reveal a small drinking hole, and it can be slipped back into position and snapped shut when you're on the move. Our coffee stayed warm enough to drink for about an hour.The silicone heat sleeve is fixed well, and fully protects your hands from the glass, which can become pretty hot when your coffee is just brewed. The sleeve is also BPA and BPS free.KeepCup has a huge range of products, and you can design your own bespoke cup by mixing and matching the colour of the lid, plug and sleeve. Size options are 227ml or 340ml. A good-value pick.Buy now According to its makers, this simple, stylish cup was designed for "optimistic drinkers and half-full thinkers". It's crafted from thick hand-blown glass, meaning it's hardwearing and also 100 per cent chemical free, so it won't impair the taste of your brew. Sol cups are also microwave and dishwasher safe.A word of warning: the glass becomes extremely hot when your coffee is first poured, but a silicone sleeve keeps your hands protected and adds a pop of colour too. The matching lid snaps on firmly, but is not leak-proof. If you want to slip your cup in your bag, though, you can buy a little waterproof pouch for it - the pouch's silicone interior is waterproof, protecting your things from any remaining dregs of coffee.Pickbetween a 236ml, 354ml or 473 ml cup and 13 tasteful colour options. The attractive box it arrives in means this one makes a lovely gift too.Buy now FOSH, an acronym that stands for "for our sea's health", is dedicated to mitigating the harmful impact single-use plastic has on our oceans. Their stainless-steel coffee cup uses vacuum technology to keep your drinks at their desired temperature, and we found our steaming coffee was still hot enough to drink four hours later.The lid snaps on and off and you drink from a small opening, much like a traditional takeaway cup. Sadly, given this opening, the design isn't leak proof, so it's not one to toss in your backpack. But the 454ml product is perfect for carrying on short journeys, or for sitting upright on your desk after your morning-coffee dash.FOSH's BPA-free coffee cups have style as well as substance too. Creative designs range from a marble effect to a striking graffiti print, while a durable powder coating means they'll stay in tip-top condition. A thoroughly worthwhile investment.Buy now EKOBO has many eco-friendly products in its portfolio, and the brand's reusable coffee cup stands up to the market leaders. It's not spill-proof, and it doesn't keep your coffee hot for much longer than a takeaway cup would, but it deserves recognition for its eco-friendly materials and its elegant design.The cup itself is made from natural bamboo fibre, while the neat silicone top is BPA and phthalate free. The lid can also double up as a coaster once you're settled at your final destination. Its material also means it's tough and the cup's outside is not too hot to touch, even when it's filled with just-brewed coffee. You can pop it in the dishwasher, but keep it out of the microwave.The minimalist designs come in four solid colours: orange-red, yellow, black and off-white, the bamboo's natural colour. If you fancy, pair your new cup with EKOBO's Bento lunch box, which is also made from bamboo fibre.Buy now The aptly named Pokito cup is a winner if you're short on space since it collapses right down to a third of its fully extended size. Depending on your coffee order you can pop your cup up into a range of volumes: 230ml, intended for an espresso, 475ml or the full-size 350ml.The built-in insulation kept our coffee warm for just over an hour, and the spill-proof lid twists on firmly. The slightly fanned base means the cup is near impossible to tip over, and it's extra light too.Both the cup's soft, adjustable body and its harder base, heat sleeve and lid are made from recyclable materials that are BPA free and also dishwasher safe. This is the ultimate in convenience and sustainability.Buy now If you're after a design that replicates the look and feel of your regular takeaway coffee cup - but without the harmful impact on the environment - ashortwalk's rCup delivers. It's also light, leakproof, and we love that it's made from otherwise non-recyclable single-use coffee cups. If you need something that will keep your coffee hot for hours, plump for either the Hydro Flask coffee or the Frank Green original reusable cup IndyBestproduct reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing.
Ottawa Gives Plastics Giant $35m Grant Despite Commitment to Reduce Use of Single-use Plastics
OTTAWA-The Liberal government gave $35 million to a chemical company that makes plastic resins just one day before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to use Canada's G7 presidency to get other nations to commit to reducing or phasing out single-use plastics.The grant to Nova Chemicals was announced in late January as part of the Strategic Innovation Fund, a $1.26-billion, five-year business growth measure that was unveiled in last year's federal budget.The investment is meant to encourage research and development and "secure a long-term commitment to the company's Joffre, Alta., research and development centre," said Karl Sasseville, a spokesperson for Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains."More specifically, Nova Chemicals is using innovative technologies to produce cleaner resources and less undesirable byproducts stemming from production," Sasseville wrote in an email."This could mean making products like plastic food packaging stronger and more easily recyclable. This innovation could also be used in products and applications such as small appliances, automobiles, solvents and food and cosmetic additives." According to a Jan. 23 news release from the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, the money is also going towards Nova Chemicals' $2.2-billion expansion plan in Sarnia, Ont., including a new polyethylene facility and expansion of an existing ethylene facility.Ethylene is one of the main substances in polyethylene; the expanded plant will allow Nova Chemicals to produce 431,000 additional tonnes of polyethylene a year.Nova Chemicals did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.Polyethylene is the world's most common plastic material. It is largely used to make plastic bags, food wrap and containers such as water and soda bottles, as well as plastic pails, pipes and bins.An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic garbage ends up in the world's oceans each year, with single-use plastic food containers among the biggest culprits.A day after the grant was made public, Trudeau hosted a roundtable at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with the heads of multinationals and several international environment activists and academics.There, he promised Canada would use its year as president of the G7 nations to get the world to address the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans."The other big issue we would very much like to highlight and get the global community to show more leadership on is oceans protection, particularly around plastics and pollution," Trudeau said at the start of that meeting.Later that same day, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Canada was looking at getting the other members of the G7 to sign a plastics pledge to commit to reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean.Plastic is often found in the stomachs of marine life; turtles and fish can mistake it for food. McKenna has tweeted repeatedly about the issue in recent days, linking to a Jan. 26 article about the impact of plastic garbage on ocean reefs.Just last week, she responded to a discussion about plastic-lined coffee cups by saying, "Eliminating single use plastics is critical!" Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist for Greenpeace Canada, said it's hard to believe Canada's commitment to reducing ocean plastics when it's providing multimillion-dollar grants to the companies that make them."So limiting single-use plastics gets tweets and producing more of them gets $35 million," said Stewart. "We really should be trying to ban the use of disposable plastics and find better alternatives." Greenpeace has a number of campaigns to convince people to reduce or eliminate their use of single-use plastics such as polypropylene drinking straws and disposable water bottles.Britain's royal family gave the idea a boost this week when Buckingham Palace announced a ban on plastic straws, bottles and non-biodegradable containers at all royal estates, including public cafes at royal residences and staff dining rooms."You know you're getting somewhere when the Queen is on side," said Stewart.Canada has no current plans for a ban or limits on the use of plastic in federal government buildings or official residences, said a spokesperson for Treasury Board President Scott Brison, who oversees a government strategy to focus on recycling and composting.
Jack Knox: From Catwalk to Landfill: Journey of Disposable Wear
News item: Fashion-conscious British Columbians are clogging landfills with discarded clothing."Is that a new shirt?" she asked."Yes," I replied brightly. "I bought it on Satur...""WHY NOT JUST RAM AN ORCA WITH AN OIL TANKER INSTEAD, YOU EARTH-MURDERING MONSTER?!" Just kidding. That didn't happen. For one thing, I haven't chosen my own wardrobe since Mulroney was prime minister. Most days I don't even dress myself ("You're not going out looking like that, are you?" "Of course not. These are just my car-warming clothes. Please remind me of what I wanted to wear.") Nor do I chuck garments in the trash - not out of any sense of environmental responsibility, but because it would simply never occur to me to do so. Fashion be damned, once I wear an article of clothing, the two of us have a till-death-do-us-part relationship, bonded like Trump and Cohen until one of us turns to dust. Ifsomething I own ever shows up in Value Village, you can be pretty sure it's only there because I had something nicer to be buried in. Istill have a souvenir T-shirt that someone sent me from the 1986Gorbachev-Reagan summit in Reykjavik.Maybe it's a generational thing. Comox Valley humourist Harold Macy once wrote a piece in which he chronicled the life cycle of his grandfather's blue denim overalls: "Annually, he bought a new pair, stiff as boards, which he initially saved for church. After a few months, they became his house pair. Eventually, they were worn at the shop, on the tractors and in the barn doing the chores he loved. After a year or so on this duty, they were fit only for wipe rags. Grandma made quilt squares from the few sections that were not threadbare, grease stained or soiled by animals." Contrast that approach with what they're seeing in the Lower Mainland, where the dump deluge is so great that the Metro Vancouver regional district launched a campaign this past week to lower the mountain of clothing piling up in the landfill. For whatever reason - fickleness of fashion, consumer culture, the low cost of T-shirts sewn by nine-year-old fingers in 10-cent-an-hour sweatshops - Canadians go through clothing like TMZ goes through Kardashians, buying three times as many clothes as we did in the 1980s.More than half of the trendy fast-fashion garments we buy have the shelf life of a White House staffer, are disposed of in less than a year, says Metro Vancouver. It estimates clothing makes up half of the 20 million kilograms of textiles - that's five per cent of everything in the dump -- trashed there annually. Here in the capital region, the figure is just under six per cent. That's 21 kilograms of textiles per person, piling up in the Hartland Landfill.That highlights a broader reality: As much as we like to think of ourselves as enlightened and green, the typical Canadian churns out more trash than the National Enquirer. We might talk like David Suzuki, but we walk like Goliath. In 2013, the Conference Board of Canada calculated we produce more garbage per capita than anyone else on Earth, 2.7 kilograms a day.Think of how much junk you take for granted, and how recently it came into your life. The normal we grew up with is not, in fact, normal. Most of the disposable items we now take for granted became popular only in the past few decades.The first Heinz ketchup packet was bitten open in 1968. The disposable Bic lighter first flickered in 1973, around the same time the company introduced its disposable razor. The U.S. went from 350,000 tons of disposable diapers in 1970 to 1.9 million tons in 1980; they take up to 450 years to decompose, just like Christmas cake or memories of the Mark Messier-era Canucks.The plastic shopping bags we're trying to get rid of weren't widely used in grocery stores until the mid-1980s. Paper-poly coffee cups took off shortly after that. The cardboard coffee-cup sleeve wasn't invented until 1991. The little splash sticks that Starbucks uses to block the hole in the lid arrived in 2008. BTW,the Recycling Council of B.C. estimates Canadians go through 1.6 billion single-use coffee cups each year (yes, you can throw them in the recycling, but no, you don't).On and on it goes. Every time you buy fast food, it comes wrapped up like a Christmas present. Globally, we use a million plastic water bottles each minute, 91 per cent of which aren't recycled, says Forbes magazine. Just last month, Justin Trudeau threw out a perfectly good attorney general.Why are we in such a hurry to trash the planet? Keep your shirton.
Carlsberg CEO Says Food Packaging Reuse Is One of Most Effective Steps to More Sustainable Future
Reusing food packaging, like recycling paper cups, is one of the most effective steps towards a more sustainable future, the chief executive of Carlsberg has said.Speaking to The Independent , Cees't Hart said that, as head of one of the world's biggest brewers, he "lives by the mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink"."I think we need all four to succeed. We are pushing the limits for what the future of packaging will look like and think the future holds great opportunities in that respect," he said.Carlsberg has been deeply committed to reducing its environmental impact. In June last year it launched a campaign to crack down on its carbon footprint and water waste.At the end of last year it announced that its Falkenberg brewery in Stockholm was being fuelled 100 per cent by biogas and green electricity. Separately, it said that nine of its sites in China had converted from coal to cleaner energy sources. Overall, 46 per cent of the electricity that Carlsberg uses now comes from renewables and it is striving for a 100 per cent rate by 2022.Asked what he thinks is the biggest challenge companies like Carlsberg face when it comes to enhancing sustainability, Mr Hart said that corporations have "overcome the first hurdle when [they] see that sustainability is not a hurdle at all"."At Carlsberg sustainability is really a part of our purpose and we have incrementally improved our performance for years," he said. He also pointed out that Carlsberg - based in Denmark and famous for brands like Tuborg, Kronenbourg 1664, and Somersby ciders - has seen a 16 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and a 6 per cent reduction in water use at its breweries since 2015.The CEO said that the responsibility for ensuring that corporates and individuals commit to a more environmentallyfriendly way of life has to be shared."With the Paris Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, there is a common focus for governments and businesses. Businesses are key to achieving these goals, and I think we and several other companies are showing that we are willing to make real progress today. And not in the distant future," he said. But he also added that the world needs "high ambitions and leadership" and "people willing to deliver on the ambitions".One motivation for business leaders to rise to the challenge of creating a more sustainable company, he said, might be that shareholders and customers are changing their attitude towards ethical issues like sustainability."We are increasingly seeing interest from all sides. From consumers, from employees and from investors. Not to mention our customers. Employees want to work for a business that does the right thing, and investors want a more resilient business. We can deliver both - at the same time," he said.Earlier this year, MPs called for drastic action to tackle the UK's mountain of unrecycled disposable coffee cups, demanding a new 25p tax on every one used - a move backed by The Independent through its Cut the Cup Waste campaign.
Starbucks Pilots Greener Coffee Cup That's Recyclable and Compostable
Starbucksannounced Wednesdayit will pilotnew greener to-go cupsthis year in Vancouver that will be both recyclable and compostable.Vancouver will join New York, San Francisco, Seattle and London to trial different cup options that will bechosen from the NextGen Cup Challenge winners that were announced earlier this month."We know how important this issue is to Canadians," said Michael Conway, executive vice president and president of Starbucks Canada in a media release. "We're committed to being a part of the solution.I'm excited and proud that our customers in Vancouver will be among the first to sip coffee from a greener to-go cup."In addition to the greener cups, the coffee company will roll out new recyclable strawless lids to stores across North America beginning in Toronto. Customers may have already seen strawless lids at select locations but the new lid has been redesigned to be more lightweight. Should paper coffee cups come with a recycling fee?This new lid will have nine per cent less plastic than the current lid and straw. Straws will continue to be available to customers upon request.Progress plans for both initiatives will be revealed at the company's annual shareholders meeting Wednesday.Making recycling to-go cups a realityStarbucks initiated the NextGen Consortium managed by Closed Loop Partners last spring to launch the NextGen Cup Challenge- a challenge to redesign the paperto-go cup to make packaging more environmentally sustainable.The 12winners of the challenge were chosen at the end of last month. One of the categories of the competition was to create innovative cup liners so thatcoffee to-go cups can in fact be compostable and recyclable."Directionally they're moving in the right spot. But it's easy to confuse consumers saying that this is good enough," Calvin Lakhan, a research scientist at York University said. "There's still a lot more room to grow."Current coffee to-go cups are made with paper but are lined with polyethylene plastic or wax making themdifficult to recycle in most jurisdictions.Coffee cups among many items you actually can't recycle, city saysFootprintis a sustainable packaging company in the U.S. and one of the 12 winners of the challenge. According to Starbuckswho announced the winners on their website last month, Footprint"creates cups, lids and straws that are fully-formed fiber based solutions, with an aqueous-based coating that is recyclable and compostable."In addition to Starbucks, Mcdonalds is also one of the lead partners of the consortium including the Coca Cola Company, Yum! Brands, Nestle and Wendy's as supporting partners.The challenge is part of the consortium's $10 million commitment to advance food packaging design.Starbucks isn't the first company to announce changes to their cups in efforts to reduce its ecological footprint.Tim Hortons announced last year that certain locations have begun piloting environmentally friendly lids that are also designed to prevent leaking.Tim Hortons hopes to rebuild its brand with better lid, new marketing campaignLakhan said companies and consumers should be looking at more reusable options. He suggests that instead of consumers buying a new cup every single day, they should bring a reusable cup.Starbucks Canada currently offers customers a 10-cent discount to any customer who brings a reusable cup or tumbler to a company-owned store."If you can bring in your cups that's ten times better for the environment than buying something that has made a marginal change in its composition," Lakhan said."Reuse should always be what we're aiming for when it comes to sustainable coffee."
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