April 2019 - Environmental Highlights
The headlines throughout April have shown a great deal of action against single-use plastic across the globe.
Here's our round up of the top 10 environmental highlights for April.
This year's London Marathon had a focus on reducing the negative impact on the environment. Plastic-free water capsules were handed out at some water stations and compostable cups handed out at others.
Organisers hoped this would cut down on the estimates 920, 000 plastic bottles used in 2018.
We are at mile 23 Of London Marathon handing out Lucozade Sport orange in Oohos! GOOD LUCK to all runners! We can’t wait to cheer you all on!! Any of our followers who are running? #londonmarathon #VMLM #madetomove pic.twitter.com/sFdTTWRjIj— Ooho! (@OohoWater) April 28, 2019
Research has shown that 8 in 10 consumers are trying to reduce their plastic waste and half would be willing to pay more for eco-friendly packaging.
The Australian Capital Territory government released a discussion paper for public comment to cut problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic.
Portugal has given the first green light to a bill banning plastic bags and polystyrene packaging for fruit, vegetables and bread by 2020.
ALDI has become the first supermarket to promise to switch to all compostable or recyclable packaging on all products.
The clothes are available from selected stores from 11th April.
In community clean events across the UK, volunteers removed 70,799.31kg of plastic pollution. Volunteer numbers were up by 22%, which was attributed to the "Attenborough effect" by environmentalist group Surfers against Sewage.
Plastic can holders and shrink-wrap are to be replaced with 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard packs.
A new report found that plastic bottles are the biggest form of plastic pollution in European waterways. Plastic bags made up just 1% of plastic rubbish in freshwater, reflecting years of efforts to reduce their use.
Asparagus, peppers and cucumbers were wrapped in green banana leaves in the fresh produce section of the Rimping supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand.