The weekly #goodnewssiren round-up #58

July 09, 2021

From the world’s first lab-grown meat factory to turning river waste into plant pots, here’s what’s making us smile in the world of sustainability this week… 


Coca-Cola to stop using non-recycled plastic in all on-the-go bottles sold in Great Britain

This week, soft drinks giant, Coca-Cola announced that it is set to reach a significant milestone by using 100 per cent recycled plastic in all on-the-go bottles across their entire range sold in Great Britain, as it continues its progress towards fully sustainable packaging. 


This means that all plastic bottles of 500ml or less in Great Britain will be made with 100 per cent recycled plastic and continue to be fully recyclable from September’s rollout. With their bottles currently 50 per cent recyclable, Great Britain currently saves 29,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year, with this expected to double after the rollout. 


The change is another step on the company’s journey towards 100% recycled or renewable plastic in all its bottles, and the creation of a circular economy for its PET packaging.  


Sheffield students make plant pots from river waste 


A group of four Sheffield Hallam University students have launched a range of plant pots made from recycled plastics found in the city’s rivers to help clean up green spaces. Teaming up with Don Catchment Rivers Trust to collect materials, the plant pots are comprised of a plastic drip tray made from high-density polyethene found in bottle caps and milk cartons collected from the river. 


Initially, due to lockdown restrictions, the students used a panini press and blender to work with the plastics. Now with support from their university’s workshops, the business has now been able to create moulds to help them work with their materials and create more of their high demand eco products. 


The UK’s right to repair law comes into force  


Manufacturers of goods including washing machines, TVs and fridges will be mandates to do more to help customers repair them for longer under new Government rules. Known as the “right to repair” laws, the new requirements mandate manufacturers to make spare parts for electrical appliances available within two years of all model launches, and then for between 7 – 10 years after the model is discontinued, to ensure products can be repaired more easily. 


The aim of the new rules is to extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years to benefit the environment by reducing the amount of e-waste that goes to landfill due to items being too difficult or expensive to repair. 


The world’s first lab-grown meat factory opened 


The world’s first facility dedicated to creating entirely lab-grown meat has opened in Israel with the capacity to create 5,000 slaughter-free burgers every day. Opened by biotech company, Future Meat, the facility represents a big leap forward for a technology that could help feed a growing population without slaughtering animals or clearing forests. 


As a result, Future Meat also claims that it generates 80 per cent fewer greenhouse emissions and uses 96 per cent less water than traditional meat producers. With the ability to turn out over 1,100lns of lab-grown meat products every day, Future Meat hopes to pave the way for other facilitates to open, particularly in the US and the UK, where the popularity of plant-based meat alternatives is on the rise.