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Sainsbury's stacks up green achievements with recycled food crates


Company announces it has become the first UK retailer to deploy food crates made from 100 per cent recycled material

30 Jul 2014

How a small Aberdeenshire salon became a beacon of eco-hairdressing


Elan Hair Design, BusinessGreen Leaders Award winner for energy efficiency project of the year, reveals how it shaved its energy bills by over 80 per cent in one year

25 Jul 2014

Online retailers accused of failing to explain energy performance of products

EU energy label

Major new survey reveals how internet shoppers could be missing key energy efficiency information when buying white goods

24 Jul 2014

Geoscart secures millions for Sainsbury’s geothermal rollout

Macquarie Lending agrees £15m for initial phase, followed by 'significant funds' for further geothermal deployment

23 Jul 2014

Sainsbury's reveals how power from food waste is taking supermarket off-grid

Biffa and Sainsbury's announce that Cannock store is now being power entirely by local anaerobic digestion facility

21 Jul 2014

Sainsbury's announces pioneering £200m 'green' loan to fund low-carbon investment drive

Commercial loan hailed as first of its kind, as Lloyds Bank welcomes important extension to green bonds market

20 Jul 2014

UK plastic bag use continues to rise

New WRAP figures reveal stark differences between those countries with levies and those without

15 Jul 2014

Asda makes 'global first' with sustainable seafood report

Company tells customers where and how wild fish are caught in response to shoppers' concerns

08 Jul 2014

Supermarkets must curb food security risks, MPs urge

New report calls on government to protect consumers from food shortages that could result from extreme weather events

01 Jul 2014

Asda says 95 per cent of fresh produce at risk from climate change

Supply chain study finds almost £370m of value under threat across sourcing, processing and logistics operations

16 Jun 2014

M&S takes next step on sustainability journey with new 2020 goals

Update to pioneering Plan A strategy contains 100 commitments with focus on engaging customers, employees and suppliers

06 Jun 2014

Reports: Queen's Speech to confirm plastic bag levy

Five pence charge due to be introduced by October 2015 in a bid to tackle waste, reports Daily Mail

04 Jun 2014

What frozen burgers can teach us about minimising risk

Jonny Hazell says companies must take the initiative in tracing materials through their supply chains

04 Jun 2014

Fancy fallen tomatoes? Coming in a bag in a supermarket near you

Waitrose to offer bag of tomatoes either fallen naturally or misshapen as a drive to cut waste of edible food

29 May 2014

Why Unilever is teaming with NRG on clean energy

By 2020, the partnership could develop enough renewable generation capacity to cover Unilever's US sites

15 May 2014

John Lewis warms up company spa with biomass boiler

Hot water and underfloor heating at Bala Lake site in Wales powered by 26 tonnes of locally-sourced wood

13 May 2014

Tesco launches LED switchover with new €70m Irish fund

Irish government opens National Energy Efficiency Fund with initial €35m from public and private investors

09 May 2014

Puma claws back thousands of Euros with solar rooftop arrays

Gucci, Puma and Stella McCartney owner details impressive progress towards ambitious 2016 sustainability goals

08 May 2014

Asda supplier cuts ribbon on food waste-to-energy plant

QV Foods and Tamar Energy announces official launch of 1.5MW anaerobic digestion facility

07 May 2014

Blue chips seek to 'redefine capitalism' with green growth campaign

Asda, BT, Cisco, M&S, and others join forces to lobby politicians for sustainable growth strategy

07 May 2014

Walmart pushes for collaborative sustainability goals

A who's-who of top execs gather at the retailer's headquarters around joint goals and their next big challenge — improving the abysmal recycling rate

02 May 2014

Tesco's rail and sea voyages cut transport emissions 14 per cent

Supermarket cut more than eight million freight transport miles from UK roads last year

02 May 2014

Lux soap gets the algae treatment

Unilever reveals first bars of soap containing renewable oil have landed on shelves in Brazil

01 May 2014

Mars sweetens its green appeal with major wind farm deal

US operations to be run entirely on wind power from next year as company signs agreement with Mesquite Creek project in Texas

30 Apr 2014

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