Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Marks & Spencer’s Launches Chocolate Packaging- Which Can Dissolve in Water!


Marks and Spencer’s entire Swiss Chocolate Collection range has new packaging which is not only 100% compostable, but will also disappear completely if placed under a running tap!

The trays are made of plantic, a material made from starch and is ideal for home composting, which M&S first tried in 2007. When they received positive feedback from customers, it was decided that they’d use the material for their Christmas chocolate range and another Christmas favourite, mince pies!

In the new chocolate boxes, the outer layer is made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cardboard, while the mat that sits on top is made from greaseproof paper and is also fully recyclable. The only material not compostable will be the plastic film wrapped around the box. This is made from PP – recyclable but not currently collected in Britain.

Helene Roberts, head of packaging at M&S, said: "This is a fantastic step forwards for food packaging – we know our customers really want to be responsible and using plantic means they can enjoy a delicious box of chocolates without the worry of what to do with the leftover tray – they can just throw it on their compost heap."

Once on the compost heap, the plantic tray will take around three weeks to break down completely. If the tray is put under water it will dissolve in a matter of minutes.

Packaging experts and scientists believe it has the potential to revolutionise the mainstream confectionery packaging market.

So not only is it better for the environment, but also one less thing to feel guilty about when we’ve ate yet another box of chocolates over Christmas!


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Monday, 25 October 2010

Violent Protests Result in Plans for New Dump Being Put on Hold


Yesterday the Italian government offered to suspend the opening of a new waste dump in an attempt to stop violent protests, which have taken place over the last month.

Vehicles trying to take rubbish into an existing dump have been set on fire, tree trunks have blocked the road and police have had rocks and firecrackers thrown at them.

Police have also confirmed that, close to the where the protests have taken place, small quantities of explosives have been found.

The Prime Minister has promised to release £12.4 million to improve the existing dump, which local residents say gives off a foul smell and claim that it has been used to dump toxic waste.

The residents are wary of agreeing to landfill sites or incinerators. They fear this could attract mobsters from other parts of Italy to come and dump toxic waste.

Plans for a second dump at Terzigno, which is in a national park, we’re announced, scrapped and then reinstated. The latest plan is to suspend the dump and to clean up the new one, using it until it is full. This deal, however, is conditional on an end to the violence.

The mayors of the surrounding towns, who have backed the protests, initially refused to agree to the terms on offer and demanded more stringent guarantees.

Gennaro Langella, mayor of nearby Boscoreale, said he had detected on the government side an "interest in maintaining [their] commitments".

He and the mayors of three other towns went ahead with a peaceful march today that ended at the entrance to the existing dump, where they laid a wreath "in remembrance of the way the Vesuvius [National] Park died".


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Monday, 18 October 2010

Britain's Greenest Cities


Newcastle has been named as Britain's greenest city for the second year running in a study examining quality of life and environmental awareness. Moves to install electric vehicle charging points and its support of clean technology firms were highlighted by the Sustainable Cities Index.

Britain's Top 10 green cities
• Newcastle
• Leicester
• Brighton
• Bristol
• London
• Leeds
• Coventry
• Plymouth
• Edinburgh
• Sheffield

According to the index, the five top-placed cities have set themselves ambitious targets and have long-term visions of how to improve life for residents by reducing their environmental impact and creating new opportunities in the green economy.

With Manchester coming 13th, a place up from last year, as long as we continue to be motivated and determined to recycle all of our waste, I’m sure that next year we can be in the top 5.

Peter Madden, chief executive of Forum for the Future, which runs the league, said: "Cities are having to count every penny so it's essential that they invest wisely for long-term success.

"Leaders like Newcastle and Leicester are developing plans to run services in smarter ways, tackle challenges like climate change and secure the jobs of the future."

Barry Rowland, chief executive of Newcastle City Council, said: "Sustainability is right at the top of our agenda, and we intend to keep it there."

Come on Manchester, let’s step up our game, and see what rank we can get to next year!

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