Waste and sustainability news

12 October 2020
Amazon has launched its first custom electric delivery vehicle in the US in partnership with electric vehicle manufacturer, Rivian. Meanwhile, Asda has also launched a trial of a new form of electric assisted cargo bike. Amazon’s first custom electric delivery vehicle Amazon has launched the electric delivery vehicle as part of its Climate Pledge. The Climate Pledge was co-founded by Amazon...
12 October 2020
Lidl Italia expanded its Myfood partnership to implement the scheme in more stores in new locations. Meanwhile, Coop Sweden revealed new targets to reduce its food waste. Separately, Coop Switzerland plans to use hydrogen powered lorries in its supply chain. Lidl Italia expands coverage for Myfoody app Lidl Italia first partnered with Myfoody in September 2019, which launched in 55 stores i...
06 October 2020
Aldi has announced it will be removing all free plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetables from store by the end of 2020. A more sustainable alternative Shoppers will instead be able to purchase a reusable bag made from recycled bottles for 25p. Source: Aldi Aldi has said this will save 100 tonnes of plastic a year. Strong commitment to plastic reduction This latest initia...
30 September 2020
Walmart Canada has announced it is more than tripling its order of 18-wheeler Tesla Semi trucks, in a bid to strengthen its fleet with electric, environment-friendly vehicles. 130 trucks Walmart Canada has reserved now a total of 130 Tesla Semi trucks, which is the largest commitment of its kind in the country. According to the retailer, the trucks have a 500 miles range, allowing drivers t...
25 September 2020
Google Cloud and Unilever announced that they will work together on advancing sustainable business practices by using technology to give Unilever greater first mile supply chain transparency. First commercial application of Google Cloud and Google Earth Engine for sustainable commodity sourcing The partnership will look to combine cloud computing with satellite imagery and AI to build a mor...
22 September 2020
Walmart is targeting zero emissions across its global operations by 2040. The retailer also plans to manage or restore at least 50m acres of land and 1m square miles of ocean by 2030 to help combat the cascading loss of nature. On the path to becoming a regenerative company These new goals represent a raising of ambitions at Walmart as the retailer aims to play a leading role in transformin...
21 September 2020
Waitrose announced that it is permanently removing plastic wrapping on all its multi-buy tins, following a successful trial to ditch shrink wraps. 45 tonnes of plastic waste a year According to Waitrose, the move is due to save 45 tonnes of plastic waste each year. Customers are now able to either purchase loose or a cardboard sleeve of baked beans, kidney beans, sweetcorn, chopped tomat...
10 September 2020
Mondelez International announced it has made “significant” progress in its ongoing sustainable palm oil sourcing efforts. Traceability to plantation and satellite monitoring According to the manufacturer, progress has been made in advancing requirements for traceable, forest-monitored palm oil and confirmed strong progress against sustainable sourcing goals. Traceability to plantation an...
10 September 2020
Brambles, the pooling solutions company specialising reusable pallets, crates and containers and associated logistics services, has reached its target of sourcing 100% of its timber from sustainable sources. Certified by the FSC® or the PEFC™ The timber needs to be sourced from forests that are certified by either Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) or the Program for the Endorsement of Fores...
08 September 2020
The Co-op announced the launch of plastic film recycling scheme in 50 stores. ‘clean it, scrunch it, bin it’   According to the Co-op, the initiative forms part of a major 50-store roll out which aims to tackle plastic pollution and establish an accessible disposal route for the material, which is not currently collected by UK councils. In-store collection points have been setup in the 5...