Mushroom-based packaging start-up attracts £3m in seed funding

A sustainable packaging start-up that uses agricultural waste and an extract derived from mushrooms to create an alternative to single-use plastic has raised £3m in seed funding, it has announced today. The Magical Mushroom Company utilises mycelium – the root structure of a mushroom – to create a material that is biodegradable within 45 days, … Read more

No More Miniatures: Unilever helps Holiday Inn-owner cut single-use plastic

A global collaboration between IHG Hotels & Resorts and consumer goods giant Unilever aims to replace bathroom miniatures with ‘bulk amenities’ in over 4,000 hotels in a bid to crackdown on the use of single-use plastics. Under the deal, Unilever’s largest brand, Dove is to supply full-size hand wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and body … Read more

Ecosurety and City to Sea to launch Bristol returnable cup scheme

A reusable ‘returnable’ cup scheme is to be launched across the city of Bristol this autumn by environmental charity City to Sea. The initiative, one of eight projects to secure funding from a £1m fund from environmental compliance scheme Ecosurety, aims to prevent 250,000 single-use hot drink cups from entering the waste stream everyday. The … Read more