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Weekly Environmental news update November 2019

Weekly E.C.O. roundup
Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days

This week has seen fires blazing in Australia, Christmas adverts galore, Syrian rebels breaking the government siege of Aleppo, and an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. We have also had some good and bad eco news…

Heineken removes plastic usage in the UK

The Dutch company has recently invested a large sum of money into production facilities in the UK to ensure that Heineken and Fosters are plastic free from April 2020. The plastic rings are being replaced with a recyclable heavy duty cardboard.

This move will result in 517 tonnes of plastic being removed from its brands. The plastic rings have been a cause of plastic pollution in oceans and trapping wildlife since they were introduced 50 years ago. It will be rolled out across Fosters, Heineken and Kronenbourg 1664 initially and then extended to their other brands by the end of next year.

The largest dairy in the US has filed for bankruptcy

Deans foods has filed for bankruptcy due to the struggle against declining milk consumption and rising competition. In 2019 their profit dropped 14% and they have blamed this on ‘accelerated decline in the conventional white milk category’.

According to Euromonitor the market for milk alternatives is due to rise 3.5% from the 2018 figure.

Venice is under water (but more than usual)

Every year Venice experiences Acqua Alta (high water) but in the past week the tides have reached alarmingly higher than usual forcing schools and businesses to close. The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro has said that the severe flooding is the direct result of climate change.

On Tuesday the area was hit by a high tide of 5.3ft which is the highest recorded in 50 years with more than 80% of the city being flooded. St Mark’s Basilica has flooded for the sixth time in its 1,200 year existence, four of which floods occurred in the last 20 years and there are fears of structural damage to the Basilica among other famous landmarks.

Greggs vegan steak bake and newly vegan CEO

Following the roaring success of their Quorn based vegan sausage rolls which launched earlier this year, it has been announced that Greggs will be introducing a vegan stake bake to stores very soon. While Greggs haven’t officially announced the new bake themselves they have spoken out about future vegan options.

This week Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside has announced that he’s trialling a vegan diet after watching Netflix’s new documentary The Gamechangers.

UK court rejects ivory ban challenge

A small group if antique dealers have attempted to overturn a ban on ivory trading. The group argued that the resale of ivory in the antique market wouldn’t affect the illegal ivory trade but the court ruled that it might do just that and is therefore a threat to wildlife so they rejected the challenge.

Lauren works for a public health charity, has been vegetarian for 11 years (newly vegan this year) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.

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