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It has been the pre­serve of the Bri­tish break­fast for two cen­turies but now it seems mar­malade could soon be toast. Con­sumer ex­perts say an old-fash­ioned im­age and mil­len­ni­als’ dis­taste for bits in their spreads are con­tribut­ing to fall­ing sales. Interestingly, just ten per cent of mar­malade is sold to house­holds with chil­dren, so gen­er­a­tions are grow­ing up with­out sam­pling its de­lights. Padding­ton would not be amused!

Cof­fee cup re­cy­cling

Big yel­low bins are be­ing in­tro­duced to the City of Lon­don to try to solve the prob­lem of only one in 400 take-away cof­fee cups be­ing re­cy­cled. The bins are part of an ini­tia­tive to col­lect more than half a mil­lion cups a month in the cap­i­tal – and send them off to spe­cial­ist re­cy­cling cen­tres. Ev­ery day, up to seven mil­lion cof­fee cups are thrown away across the UK, with less than one per cent of those cups thought to be re­cy­cled be­cause stan­dard re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties are un­able to sep­a­rate the in­ner plas­tic lin­ing from the paper. Wouldn’t it be great to see these bins in ev­ery city across the na­tion? Per­haps the big cof­fee chains could help fund them?

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