30 June 2021
WE ARE URGING THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE A LABELLING SYSTEM THAT SHOWS WHERE PLASTIC IS PRESENT IN CLOTHING
Thank you to our signatories:
Sian Sutherland – Co-founder, A Plastic Planet; Mary Portas – Retail expert and broadcaster; Orsola de Castro & Carry Somers – Founders, Fashion Revolution; Dr Shanna Swan – Author & Professor of Environmental Health & Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai; Dr Astrid Fischer – School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth; Dr Janelle Knox-Hayes – Associate Professor, MIT; Professor Tamara S Galloway – College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter; Professor Terrence J. Collins – Professor of Green Chemistry and Director, Institute for Green Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Professor Ian Croudace – National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton; Professor Teresa F Fernandes – Director of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Professor Michael Howar – Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Management, University of Exeter Business School; Maria Westerbos – Founder & Director, Plastic Soup Foundation; Nina Marenzi – Founder & Director, The Sustainable Angle/Future Fabrics Expo; Paul Foulkes-Arellano – Founder, Circular Fashion Initiative …
22 January 2021
WE ARE URGING THE GOVERNMENT TO STOP BACKTRACKING ON KEY ENVIRONMENTAL PLEDGES AND CLOSE A LOOPHOLE ALLOWING PLASTIC WASTE EXPORTS TO NON-OECD COUNTRIES
A Plastic Planet joined politicians, environmental campaigners and experts to release a letter today urging the Government to make a change. Thank you to our signatories: Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder of A Plastic Planet, Chris Packham, Naturalist and Television Presenter, Georgia Elliott-Smith, UNESCO Special Junior Envoy for Youth & the Environment, Lord Clark of Windermere, Labour Peer and former Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Sarah Champion, Labour Member of Parliament for Rotherham and former Shadow Minister, Home Office, Baroness Walmsley, Liberal Democrat Peer and Co-Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Peers, Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Chair, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London, Professor Paul Ekins, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, Baroness Lister of Burtersett CBE, Labour Peer, Dominic Dyer, Wildlife Protection Campaigner & Author, Maria Westerbos, Founder & Director, Plastic Soup Foundation, Natalie Fee, Founder, City To Sea…
6 January 2021
Unilever – Project Boyan
For the last two years, we have worked with Unilever on their first circular by design product using a refill system. We love that it is reinventing how we buy and don’t throw away an everyday staple, deodorant. The symbolism of this launch is significant. It is Unilever’s first refill launch on a mass scale, with their most precious personal care brand, Dove. It will be available across the US, launching in Target, Walmart, CVS and other stores. It is beautiful, made from durable stainless steel, and guaranteed for life. A Plastic Planet are supporting Unilever by being involved in the media across the US for this launch, as we believe it is vital that this radical systems change is successful. It isn’t perfect yet, but it is a big step for the No 5 global polluter to try to reinvent a market where they own 50% share with 1 billion people using a Unilever deodorant. More to follow on this as we work closely with the team to take this concept across other brands and categories
18 December 2020
Mandatory Plastic Footprint Reporting and Plastic Reduction Target
Over 40 cross party MPs signed our letter calling for a mandatory transparency from UK supermarkets and industry. Currently every business uses different metrics and these must be standardised and include primary, secondary and tertiary. We continue to push for this to be included in the Environment Bill through 2021
We are also calling for the UK government to set a target for overall plastic reduction. Without targets, we cannot measure success
1 December 2020
Ban on Plastic Waste Exports
In 2019 we used the EDM process to call for a ban on the export of UK plastic waste to developing countries. This is now embedded in the Environment Bill. However, the waste industry has predicted the ban and Turkey is one of the countries now receiving a huge increase in UK waste exports. We are calling for an amend to the Environment Bill to ban waste exports for incineration. This will be a game changer for exports within OECD countries that will increase waste responsibility and hopefully real circularity. There is nothing circular about burning fossil fiuel plastic.
26 November 2020
our call to SACK THE SAMPLE SACHET begins
In February we launched our Sack The Sachet campaign with an event in Whitehall followed later with a letter calling for a non-food plastic sachets to be included in the EU and UK Single Use Plastic Ban. We have submitted this amendment to the current Environment Bill to DEFRA and continue to push for this ban through 2021
28 September 2020
ANGLEPOISE CARRY THE WORKING TOWARDS PLASTIC FREE CERTIFICATION MARK
Anglepoise is working with A Plastic Planet to reduce the company’s plastic use across the supply chain.
10 July 2020
Luxury Family Hotels carry the Working Towards Plastic Free Certification Mark
Luxury Family Hotels are working with A Plastic Planet to reduce their plastic use. Fowey Hall, Ickworth, New Park Manor, Moonfleet and Woolley Grange have all successfully carried out a plastic audit and are onto the second phase of their commitment towards a plastic free environment.
1 May 2020
Plastic Free PPE
In May we launched Plastic Free PPE with the REELShieldFlip, co-created with Reel Brands. The FSC and cellulose face shields received considerable media attention as the world woke up to the growing plastic PPE pollution problem. This initiative really sums up the approach of A Plastic Planet – dont just moan about the problem, show that another way is possible. Our Plastic Free PPE has just received an award from EDIE
As ever, we believe in the power of business, especially big business, to create change at speed and scale. Whilst we help smaller brands on a daily basis with introduction to new materials makers and ideas, we are very focused on our work as consultants for bigger businesses
1 February 2020
Sack the Sachet
If you put a year’s worth of single-use sachets end-to-end, they would reach the moon 189 times. The 855 billion packets used annually house everything from condiments such as ketchup to personal care products like shampoo. We are calling for a ban on sachets in an open letter signed by Princess Esmeralda of Belgium, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, Iceland Foods’ Managing Director Richard Walker, TimeOut Group CEO Julio Bruno, and financier Ben Goldsmith and others to urge politicians and global business leaders to work together to ban the sachet.
1 January 2019
January and May 2019 ongoing – Lobbying for new laws on plastic waste exports
We successfully table an Early Day Motion in Westminster, supported by 40 cross party MPs, asking for an outright ban on the export of our UK plastic waste to developing countries. We support CIEL and Norway in the proposed amendment to the Basel Convention, adding plastic to the list of toxic materials to be controlled when exported. Despite pushback from USA and fossil fuel industry, the amendment is voted through – a significant win.
1 October 2018
October 2018 ongoing – Tax Plastic – Demanding a true price for plastic
After meeting with The Treasury to present our proposal for a tax on virgin plastic to create a true price for this highly subsidised material, we influence the UK Autumn Budget with the first prosed plastic tax. Now under consultation, we continue to push for a tax on all plastic to ensure a level playing field for all materials is established.
1 August 2018
August 2018 – Feb 19 The Plastic Free Aisle continues to win awards
Our Plastic Free Aisle is awarded International Campaign of the Year, becomes a finalist in the Fast Company innovation awards and is shortlisted in the Design Museum Beazley Awards, showcasing the best use of creativity for 2018. The Plastic Free Aisle is subsequently requested for an appearance in New York at the DTI Great Britain exhibition.
5 June 2018
June 5th 2018 – The World’s first One Plastic Free Day
On World Environment Day 2018, we created the first One Plastic Free Day, reaching 1/4 bn people worldwide on June 5th, supported by Sky, TimeOut and United Nations. One Plastic Free Day gives the whole world a chance to be heard as we all demand faster change from Governments and industry. This year, 2019, we will reach 1 billion across the globe, building the biggest ever plastic survey picture.
1 June 2018
June 2018 – Launching the first Plastic Free Consumer Trust Mark
Launched the Plastic Free Consumer Trust Mark. This Trust Mark sits proudly on the front of packaging that is certified to be 99% plastic free. 100 brands and businesses such as Teapigs and Percol Coffee are currently applying for this Trust Mark, giving their customers the choice to buy plastic free and guilt free.
1 February 2018
February 2018 – Opened the World’s First Plastic Free Aisle
With 134 media interviews (55 in one day), a pop-up aisle in Ekoplaza, Amsterdam takes the media world by storm as a symbol of hope for all of us. The Plastic Free Aisle demonstrates that change can happen today – not in 10 year’s time. This first Aisle has now been rolled out throughout Ekoplaza’s 80+ stores throughout the Netherlands, with substantial increases in the plastic free selection throughout the stores.