Walkers have committed to making their crisp packets 100 per cent recyclable by 2025.

The UK’s largest crisp brand, owned by PepsiCo, have reported that 28 billion extra crisp packets will be produced by 2025 which led to a demand for sustainability from consumers.

38 Degrees, a not-for-profit political-activism organisation, started the petition after it was reported that 7,000 non-recyclable crisp packets are being produced every minute.

Lorna Greenwood, Campaign Manager at 38 Degrees, said: “This research proves that big companies, like Walkers, are not taking responsibility for the astounding amount of environmentally damaging plastic waste they are making.”

This prompted Walkers to respond, a spokesman for PepsiCo said: “We are committed to achieving 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging by 2025. We have a number of initiatives in place to reduce the amount of packaging we use and at the same time we’re examining the use of different packaging materials, both plant and paper based.”

PepsiCo have also committed to reducing energy use by using alternative sources. This has resulted in around 20% of the UK site's electricity coming from renewable sources. They have reduced transport pollution by reducing travel by four million miles since 2010.

In 2018 they joined the UK Plastics Pact, an organisation that aims to transform the plastic packaging system.

The company have also pledged to eliminate single-use packaging through innovation and re-design. Single-use plastic in the UK is a major problem and the government are already working on plans to ban plastic straws and cotton buds. The UK government are also in the process of increasing the existing plastic bag levy.

Marks & Spencer have already made progress to reduce plastic waste by slashing the amount of packaging used for its crisps and popcorn resulting in 20 per cent less plastic used.

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Nissan has begun production for their first-ever electric car designed specifically for China.

The Japanese company is basing the new electric car, Sylphy Zero Emission, on the Nissan Leaf model and it is set to cost around $24,000. It is being produced with a Chinese partner, Dongfeng Motor Group.

According to reports, Nissan plan a lower-priced electric model for next year and want battery-powered vehicles to make up a third of its sales.

Nissan’s CEO, Hiroto Saikawa, said: “We’re confident that the Sylphy Zero Emission, rolling off production line today, will become a main player in the EV market.”

China’s government view electric cars as a promising industry and a way to clean up its smog-choked cities. China accounted for half of global electric car sales last year.

Mr Saikawa said: “Growth in the Chinese market is a critical part of Nissan’s midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E to 2022. China is already the world’s largest automotive market but China isn’t just a leader in terms of market size: it stands at the forefront of the development of the industry itself.”

Nissan are pioneers of electric cars. Their environmental vision is “The preservation and protection of the environment is paramount to a sustainable way of living, and electric is the key to achieving it. By changing the way we approach mobility, we change the way we interact with our environment for the better.”

On the benefits of their electric cars, Nissan say “From revitalising the environment to rejuvenating your bank balance, from optimising energy efficiency in the home to enhancing an entire city. Wherever you look, the benefits of Nissan electric vehicles are everywhere.”

Manufacturers including General Motors and Volkswagen also plan to target the Chinese market with the production of electric cars.

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Today, Facebook has committed to powering its global operations on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

The company are also promising to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent in the same time frame. They have already met their target of being powered by 50% renewable energy one year early and they aim to double that over the next two years.  

The social network consumes a huge amount of electricity to power its data centres. In 2017, Facebook’s total carbon footprint was 979,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, 62% of this was from their data centres.

However, after its sustainability pledge, it is on track to be one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy.

Bobby Hollis, Director of Global Energy at Facebook, said: “We bring an open and innovative approach to finding renewable energy solutions that can move energy markets forward. Since 2013, we have added over 3 gigawatts of new solar and wind energy to the grids that power our data centres, all while opening those markets for other customers to follow our lead.”

Marty Spitzer, Director of US Climate and Renewable Energy Policy and World Wildlife Fund, said: “Facebook’s involvement has helped engage other companies in signing on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyer’s Principles. We now have more than 50 companies demanding clean and renewable energy from utilities across the U.S.”

Greenpeace commented: “Facebook was the first major internet company to commit to be 100% renewably powered and continues to play a leadership role within the sector.”

Last year, Facebook pledged its support for climate action by supporting the Paris Agreement through the We Are Still In initiative. They also set the record for clean power purchases in 2018.

Facebook joins other tech titans such as Apple and Google in a commitment to go green.

Read more: Facebook to run on 100% renewable energy by 2020

The Prime Minister is reportedly going to announce the increase of the plastic bag charge this week from 5p to 10p.

This is part of a series of measures designed to encourage the reuse of carrier bags and decrease the UK’s dependence on plastic which has a negative impact on the environment. Currently, 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year.

Reports in various Saturday newspapers suggested Theresa May was planning to double the charge and apply it to all retailers which would end the exemption for those employing fewer than 250 people.

This follows May’s desire to extend the scheme in a bid to combat what she termed Britain’s ‘throwaway culture’. A latte levy is also being considered to reduce plastic waste further.

However, Downing Street declined to confirm these reports calling them “speculation.”

Figures have demonstrated that single-use plastic bag sales have fallen by 86 per cent since the 5p charge was introduced.

Mary Creagh, Labour MP and Chair of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee, said “The public has enthusiastically embraced the plastic bag charge since it was first introduced in 2015, which is good news for the environment and for our economy.”

Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, said: “These figures demonstrate the collective impact we can make to help the environment by making simple changes to our daily routines.”

The money raised from the levy totalled £58.5 million, resulting in almost £20 million being donated to good causes relating to charity or volunteer sectors, environment and health.

Yesterday, the Daily Telegraph reported that a senior treasury source has called the additional levy “unnecessary.” This shows a potential backlash to May’s environmental proposals that are due to be announced later this week.

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