PAPER STRAWS AHOY!
A dedicated paper straw production line is to open in Ebbw Vale, Wales, ahead of the ban on several single-use plastic products that’s expected to come into force next year. It will be the first factory of its kind for several decades.
PLASTIC FROM PLANTS
Biodegradable plastic made from lignin, a natural glue found in plant stems, may be available in the next five years. Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a method of treating lignin with a bacteria called Rhodococcus jostii to produce a durable biodegradable plastic.
PAPER BAGS FOR PRODUCE
Morrisons supermarket is reintroducing brown paper bags for loose fruit and vegetable purchases as part of a move it says will save around 150 million small plastic bags from being used every year. The bags will be made from 100 per cent recyclable paper and will be available in all of the supermarket chain’s 493 stores by the end of summer.