Each Friday we provide you with the essential plastic news from the week. This week, we're pleased to be bringing you the latest updates from across the globe. Plus announcing this week's #PassOnPlastic hero!
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1. Unilever: Consumer products giant to halve new plastics use to 'stay relevant' to young shoppers
The UK's biggest food producer, Unilever, has said they will halve the 700,000 tonnes of virgin plastics that they use every year. Virgin plastics are produced using raw materials, rather than recycled ones.
Unilever are starting with the design of their products and packaging, reducing the overall amount of plastic they use and switching to materials that use more recycled plastic.
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2. 41% of UK Species Have Declined Since 1970, Major Report Finds
The State of Nature report on almost 700 species has revealed a significant decline of many UK species, with threats of 15% being lost from the UK completely.
Conversationalists are hoping the report will encourage government to increase its funding of biodiversity and the UK's wildlife.
3. Fashion brand, Finisterre wrap up winter knitwear in marine-safe bags made from Aquapak polymer
Finisterre has become the first fashion brand to package their products in bags made from Aquapak polymer. These polymers are non-toxic, marine-safe and don't break down into harmful microplastics.
They will begin rolling this new packaging out in October this year with the full roll-out in February 2020.