August Sustainability Spotlight
On 1 October 2023, the UK will ban single-use plastics, with the guidance having been released on 23 May. Once the ban is in place businesses will no longer be allowed to supply single-use plastic bowls, plates or trays to the public as well as plastic cutlery and balloon sticks. The ban will also cover polystyrene containers.
New Zealand has become the first country to extend its plastic bag ban to thin bags used for fruits and vegetables, part of a campaign against single-use plastics. The ban, in effect since Saturday 1st July, aims to reduce plastic waste. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags, and supermarkets are selling reusable produce bags. The ban on thicker plastic bags since 2019 has already saved over a billion bags, and this expansion is expected to prevent the use of 150 million bags annually. New Zealand is also progressing on other climate change initiatives, including a proposed greenhouse gas tax for farm animals.