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!

#PassOnPlastic Hero of the Week

Congratulations to Charlie Francis for being this weeks #PassOnPlastic hero!

Charlie is the brains behind #OceanPositivePaddle, which collects and surveys how much little gets washed up on our shores using a kayaks! Keep up the amazing work Charlie

1. UK to lead global plastic innovation

The UK will be developing new forms of packaging and plastic from materials such as plants, woods and food waste. An expected £149 million should be invested by businesses to help tackle the single-use plastic problem. An estimated 80 million tonnes of plastic packaging is produced each year, and by 2050 is expected to triple. 

Read more about the UK's innovations here.

2. Iceland to trial plastic-bag-free store

Iceland will be trialling the removal of all plastic bags from one of its stores, replacing them with paper alternatives valued at 15p. The trial will take place in the retailers Hackney store. Iceland have announced that next month the trial will be further rolled out across 15 stores in Manchester. The trial is expected to save over 210,000 plastic bags from being used. 

Learn more about the trial here

3. Bali bans single-use plastic

Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced that the ban includes shopping bags, styrofoam and straws, all in attempt to decrease Bali's marine plastics by 70% within a year. 

In the south of Bali alone, an estimated 240 tonnes of rubbish are produced each day. 

For more information on the ban, click here

4. Forest Green Rovers announce new 'green' football kit

Forest Green Rovers have revealed their latest home and away kits made from 50% bamboo. The club explain how the kits have been 'inspired by nature, as they sport a zebra stripe design due to last for the nest two seasons. The club have announced the launch of a third kit in partnership with Sea Shepherd, as a tribute to the organisations work. 

Click here to take a look at the new kits