It’s going to be increasingly apparent over coming decades that society has an insurmountable problem with food. The planet will be holding more people than ever. More people require more urban land use to hold them in. And, they will all want to eat.
As much as many of us would like to kick the habit, the simple truth is that the UK, like much of the world, is hooked on plastic. According to a recent report commissioned by retail app Ubamarket, we are now sending 114,000 tonnes of the stuff to landfill each year. However, 82% of the 2000 respondents surveyed said that they believe plastic packaging on food and drink products to be excessive, and 77% feel that as much as they want to change their on behaviour, they feel that manufacturers and supermarkets are simply not doing enough to combat plastic waste.
Earlier in May, the annual Circular Change conference took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It celebrated many successes, with many speakers taking an upbeat view of the future. However, this view comes at a price: it was noted that the global environment continues to deteriorate, and for the world at large, a truly circular economy is still very much a pipe dream.