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World's first plastic-free aisle opens in Netherlands supermarket

Campaigners hail progress as Amsterdam store offers dedicated aisle of more than 700 products, with plans for a national roll-out

The first plastic-free aisle comes amid growing concern about the damage from plastic waste, with figures showing UK supermarkets are a major source. Photograph: Mar Photographics/Alamy

Published on The Guardian website on the 25th February 2018

 

Shoppers in the Netherlands will get the chance to visit Europe’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle on Wednesday in what campaigners claim is an turning point in the war on plastic pollution.

The store in Amsterdam will open its doors at 11am when shoppers will be able to choose from more than 700 plastic-free products, all available in one aisle.

The move comes amid growing global concern about the damage plastic waste is having on oceans, habitats and food chains. Scientists warn plastic pollution is now so widespread it risks permanent contamination of the natural world.

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Campaign group calls for support of green belt across Hampshire

People soaking up the sun on Portsdown Hill outside Portsmouth. The CPRE wants to see green belts created outside Hampshire’s towns and cities.

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 14th February 2018

 

A CAMPAIGN group is calling on people to support their plans to create a greener county.

The Hampshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is working on its Strategic Vision to protect the environment as well as support the future prosperity of the area.

One of its proposals is to create a green belt around urban areas.

Hampshire CPRE is now calling for local authorities and residents to sign their petition which has received nearly 10,000 signatures in two weeks.

Dee Haas, chairman, said: ‘Hampshire is facing many challenges and there are huge pressures to grow our economy and build more houses.

‘We must plan effectively, fully valuing our countryside and environment.

‘We live in one of the world’s most advanced and prosperous countries and we must plan growth with responsibility to our communities, both urban and rural, and our delicate environment. More unplanned and uncoordinated sprawl is not an acceptable way ahead.’

CPRE Hampshire said it is important the local plans of council, which set out future development plans, include areas of countryside that need protecting as a green belt.

To sign the petition, visit change.org/p/protect-south-hampshire-s-countryside

Park is charging to the future with green initiative

A car powers up at a Tesla Supercharger

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 24th January 2018

 

LANGSTONE Technology Park is looking to a greener future with its recent installation of car charging facilities.

Eight Tesla Superchargers are now in place and ready for use at the park, which is managed by Fasset Ltd.

These Superchargers will allow drivers to charge their vehicle to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.

It also makes Langstone the only Supercharger station within a 40-mile radius.

The team behind the business site are working to reduce the carbon footprint of both the park and the surrounding area, offering the chargers to both employees and the public for use, 24/7.

Other environmentally friendly initiatives in place at the park include a ‘Greenzone’ car share and electric car scheme.

The scheme was set up as an incentive to encourage employees to choose a more economical way of travelling to work. A representative at the site said that Langstone recycles as much as possible including WEEE waste, dry mixed, wood, metal, batteries and canteen food waste.

Any general waste produced by the park that cannot be recycled is sent to the Veolia plant in Portsmouth where it is burnt to create energy.

Fasset’s Client and Facilities manager Suzanne Watson said:

‘The new Tesla Superchargers are a great addition to Langstone Technology Park.

‘They support many other ‘green’ initiatives that we carry out onsite, and demonstrate our commitment to taking care of the environment whilst also encouraging employees at LTP to consider ‘going green’.

‘We are very fortunate to have these Superchargers which help us to promote a greener way of commuting for our tenants and visitors.’