Government aid brings packaging made of plants, wood chippings and food waste a step closer

Government aid brings packaging made of plants, wood chippings and food waste a step closer: Image 1 The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced that new forms of packaging and plastic made from plants, wood chippings and food waste could be a step closer, thanks to new business and Government investment.

According to the announcement, businesses are expected to jointly invest up to £149m, alongside a £60m Government investment, to help fight the global battle against single-use plastics. In an exciting development, the funding could be used to 'find ways to cut waste in the supply chain, develop new business models and create new sustainable recyclable materials. This could include using plants instead of oils to make plastic, which will help reduce their carbon impact.'

Retail app Ubamarket has commissioned nationally representative research across a sample of 2003 UK adults to find out how Brits feel about plastic packaging in our supermarkets. According to the study, 44% of respondents, representing 23 million nationally, actively purchased products that have less of an impact on the environment, even if they were more expensive. Likewise 42% - 21.7 million nationally - of the British public want to be more environmentally conscious but feel they do not know enough about recycling and plastic pollution to make informed changes. Learn more at ubamarket.com

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