UK supermarkets take action to reduce waste
More good news from supermarkets in the UK this week. Tesco has removed 20 million items of plastic from its Christmas range and eliminated glitter in all its single-use products and packaging, so that they can be recycled. The UK’s largest supermarket has removed the wasteful packaging from Christmas items, such as crackers, cards, lights and pudding packaging, and made its own-label crackers plastic-free for the first time.
While Tesco is removing items, retailer Marks & Spencer has announced it will expand the trial of its ‘fill-your-own container’ scheme, because it proved so successful, with 25 of the 44 products offered loose outselling their packaged equivalents. The “fill-your-own” trial in Southampton will be expanded to a second store in Manchester later this month, after almost three quarters of Marks & Spencers customers said they were trying to reduce the amount of packaging they use.
Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and Iceland have also all recently introduced festive products that use less or no single-use plastic.
Denmark “putting a final end” to the fossil era
The largest oil producer in the European Union, Denmark has announced it will end all new oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. The announcement by the government is part of a wider plan to stop extracting fossil fuels by 2050.
According to an analysis by UK oil giant BP, Denmark pumped 103,000 barrels a day in 2019 and has 55 drilling platforms across 20 oil and gas fields on its territory.
The Danish climate minister, Dan Jorgensen, told the BBC that the move marks a historic milestone. “We want to be climate neutral in 2050. And if we are to have any credibility in that, then this is a necessary decision,” says Mr Jorgensen.
Denmark is regarded as having one of the world’s most ambitious climate targets, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 70% by 2030; although the UK is not far behind in its promises, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledging on Friday to cut carbon emissions by at least 68% of what they were in 1990 by the end of 2030.
First teeny tiny pygmy possum found on Kangaroo Island since fires
Native Australian marsupial, the little pygmy is the world’s smallest species of possum. Weighing between six and eight grams, little pygmy possums are so teeny tiny, they could sit on your thumb nail.
Altogether now… awwwwwww!!!!
But these cuties had not been seen on Australia’s Kangaroo Island since almost half of the island’s bushland was destroyed by devastating bushfires a year ago. Even before the bushfires, they were a threatened species.
Give yourself a treat and watch them being discovered and measured by conservation group Kangaroo Island Land For Wildlife association below.