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Co-Op “Bans” Single-Use Plastics And Unveils Compostable Carrier Bags

Co-Op “Bans” Single-Use Plastics And Unveils Compostable Carrier Bags | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Co-op has announced an end to single-use plastic. It will see around 60 million plastic carrier bags removed in a phased rollout and replaced with an “environmentally-friendly” alternative, it says.
The move is part of a new “ethical strategy” to be launched later this week by the Co-op, which will tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly.
The blue-print sets out how the Co-op will ban single-use own-brand plastic products and reduce its overall use of plastic packaging within five years and stop using hard to recycle materials, like black plastic. And as part of the commitment, lightweight compostable carrier bags, which can be used to carry shopping home and then be re-used as food waste caddy liners, will be rolled out to almost 1,400 Co-op food stores, initially in towns, cities and villages where the bags are accepted in food waste collections, it says.

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UK food giants from Tesco to Nestle aim to halve waste by 2030

UK food giants from Tesco to Nestle aim to halve waste by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurants on Tuesday backed a drive to halve Britain's food waste by 2030 and save the nation at least 10 billion pounds ($13 billion) a year. Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola were among at least 70 leading companies to sign up to a government-backed plan to cut the amount of food that is wasted annually in Britain - estimated to be about 10 million tonnes to the value of 20 billion pounds. Food waste is increasing viewed as unethical in a world of rising hunger, as well as environmentally destructive, dumped in landfills where it rots, releasing greenhouse gases, while fuel, water, and energy needed to grow, store and carry it is wasted. "Crucially, these companies are committing to halving food waste from farm to fork by 2030, including waste in supply chains and not just the lower hanging fruit of waste in operations," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great  job by Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola!  A Circular Economy could bring 2 million jobs by 2030 and up to €600 billion in savings per year.

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H&M accused of failing to ensure living wage for supply chain workers

H&M has been accused by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) – an alliance of labour unions and NGOs aimed at championing ethical garment production - of paying its factory workers across Bulgaria, Turkey, India and Cambodia wages below the poverty line. In some facilities in Bulgaria, the CCC claims, workers are paid less than 10% of what they would need to be kept above the poverty line. The claims, which H&M has denied, come just days after the retailer announced that more than 930,000 garment workers located in its supply chain are now covered by its "fair living wage" approach, with 84% of the company's product volume now produced in factories that are improving wage standards and human rights approaches. The CCC claims that H&M previously pledged to cover 100% of garment workers located in its supply chain with the scheme by 2018 and has accused the company of “moving the goalposts” to make its actions seem more impactful.

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Supermarkets recognise slavery risk in seafood supply chains

Supermarkets recognise slavery risk in seafood supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The SCC, whose members include Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Lidl, now states members must comply with the Modern Slavery Act and have policies that “consider social and ethical challenges in seafood sourcing in their supply chains”. The seafood sector has come under fire for cases of forced labour and modern slavery, mostly in Southeast Asia. SCC coordinator Oliver Tanqueray said: “The risk of modern slavery is taken very seriously by the seafood industry and it’s positive that these leading UK seafood businesses formally agree to recognise the challenge

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Current legislation regarding forced labor in supply chains, including the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the UK Modern Slavery Act, require companies to disclose their efforts to identify and prevent supply chain forced labor.

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