Sustainability in the News – July & August 2018

The last two months have been busy with all the fun that comes with summer and so, with limited time on hand for blogging, I’m wrapping up the news for both July and August in one! As well as a family holiday to the Channel Islands and a sailing trip to Corfu, I’ve also spent some quality time in London visiting Know the Origin’s pop up shop on Old Street, going to Stella McCartney’s latest sustainable store and attending One Young World’s first ever social impact hack!

Sustainability in the News - July & August 2018
One Young World’s first ever social impact hack

And in the news …

1. Strictly Come Dancing ban plastic glitter

In advance of this year’s sixteenth series, the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing have banned plastic glitter in a bid to become more eco-friendly. Instead of using conventional glitter brands (typically made from plastic), the show’s liquid glitter is being sourced by Burt’s Bees and will be 100% biodegradable. This decision follows the UK’s micro-bead ban, which includes “rinse off” products containing glitter.

But Strictly haven’t stopped there – the show will also be moving to biodegradable make up and reviewing the eco credentials of its make up brands… good work!

Source: The Independent

2. Lego launches sustainable bricks

Lego have just launched a new range of plant-shaped bricks (think leaves, trees and bushes) that are made from sugarcane-based polyethylene instead of oil based plastic! The new sustainable bricks, made in partnership with the WWF, meet tough guidelines on sustainably sourced plastics due to the CO2 that is absorbed while the sugarcane is growing.

To demonstrate its commitment to plant-based materials, Lego plan to roll out these sustainable bricks across all its products by 2030.

Source: The Drum

3. Adidas to move to recycled polyester by 2024

In the next six years Adidas commits to stop using virgin polyester across all shoes and clothing, moving instead to recycled polyester. The world’s second largest sportswear brand has already been praised for its partnership with Parley – last year selling 1 million of its recycled Ultraboots Uncaged Parley trainer.

But concerns have been raised since polyester fabrics (whether virgin or recycled) contribute significantly to plastic pollution in our oceans due to shedding microfibres.

Source: The FT

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