News in brief | Retailers meet CO2 targets | Woodland litter call | Plastic recycling investment

Retailers meeting carbon emissions targets two years early

Leading retailers have cut their carbon emissions by a third since 2005, according to a new report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Almost thirty retailers have signed up to the Better Retail Better World initiative, including Morrisons, John Lewis, B&Q’s Kingfisher, Sainsbury’s, Missguided and New Look.

The initiative said retailers are now meeting their carbon emissions targets two years early, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, which is said to focus on “clear, transparent and measurable goals for businesses”.

Across the signatories, carbon emissions were reduced 36 per cent in absolute terms, surpassing the 2020 target of a 25 per cent decrease.


Call for communities to help tackle woodland littering 

Environmental charity Hubbub has released its #LoveYourForest Inspiration Guide to motivate communities everywhere to tackle littering in their own local forests and woodlands.   

Love Your Forest was launched in 2016 in the Forest of Dean and since then, over 800 bags of litter have been collected through various interventions.  

Run in collaboration with funder Lucozade Ribena Suntory, the Forest of Dean District Council, Forestry England, Foresters’ Forest, local artist Glenn Redwood, and Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism, the campaign has seen an array of fun activities and interventions rolled out across the forest, inspiring visitors to take their litter home and spread the word to family and friends.  

Building on this success, Hubbub’s #LoveYourForest Inspiration Guide aims to encourage others to follow in the Forest of Dean’s footsteps and collaborate to keep Britain’s woodlands clean.  

Trewin Restorick, CEO of Hubbub, said: “Now we know what works, we’d love to spread the message and further reduce rural littering. Our guide is packed with tips and tools, whether you’re just looking for a couple of simple ideas or want to plan your own full-scale Love Your Forest campaign.” 

The downloadable guide is available here 


Rumpl blankets now made from 60 discarded plastic bottles

Technical blankets brand, Rumpl, has announced the broad integration of post-consumer recycled materials into the company’s growing product line.

Rumpl announces the shift with the launch of its innovative new NanoLoftTM Puffy Blanket and a full redesign of its Original Puffy Blanket.

With the shift to recycled materials, Rumpl was able to “virtually eliminate” the use of virgin plastic in the supply chain of these products.

Each individual blanket is made from at least 60 discarded recycled plastic bottles reclaimed and respun into high-quality polyester thread.

With the new NanoLoft, Original Puffy and other products, by the end of 2019, Rumpl will have recycled three million plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in landfill.


Investment boosts recycling capacity for Axion Polymers

Further investment in Axion Polymers’ Manchester-based plastics recycling facility has increased waste processing capacity, as well as extrusion capability of its 100% recycled polymer grades.

As a result, the plant capacity has improved by over 30% per month, allowing increased volumes of auto shredder residue (ASR) from end-of-life vehicles (ELV) and Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) to be processed into its high-quality Axpoly recycled polypropylene (PP) and ABS grades.

The greater processing capacity translates into a 20% increase in recycled polymers produced per month, enabling Axion to satisfy increased demand from the construction and automotive sectors for these materials.

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