Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bravo British Supermarket ! ....Goodbye plastic packaging

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ICELAND SUPERMARKET bans plastic: UK Supermarket chain becomes first in the world to remove plastic packaging from ALL its own-label products

  • Iceland supermarket has become the first to remove plastic packaging in full
  • All it's own-label products will have no plastic packaging within five years
  • It puts pressure on other supermarkets to follow suit a lower levels of pollution 
  • Packaging on 1,400 product will be replaced across more than 250 suppliers
  • Last week Theresa May set a 25-year deadline to banish 'avoidable' plastic
A UK supermarket will be the first in the world to remove plastic packaging from all of its own-label products. 'ICELAND's' landmark move puts pressure on its rivals to follow suit amid public demands to turn back the tide of plastic pollution. The company, which has more than 900 stores, has a five-year plan to ditch plastic from all of its own-brand products.
Packaging on 1,400 product lines will be replaced, and the changes involve more than 250 suppliers. First to go will be plastic instant meal trays in favour of wood-pulp alternatives made in Britain. Plastic bags used for frozen vegetables and other food will then be dropped in favour of paper alternatives.
ICELAND, which has already removed plastic disposable straws from its own range of products, is also working on alternatives for plastic bottles and milk cartons. Last week Theresa May set a 25-year deadline to banish 'avoidable' plastic and called on supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles.
ICELAND's move – the latest victory for the Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign – suggests it is possible to go further and faster.
ICELAND managing director Richard Walker said yesterday: 'The world has woken up to the scourge of plastics."
"A truckload is entering our oceans every minute, causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity – since we all depend on the oceans for our survival."
"The onus is on retailers, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste, to take a stand and deliver meaningful change."
"Other supermarkets, and the retail industry as a whole, should follow suit. This is a time for collaboration."
 
The packaging - currently made from polypropylene plastic - will be replaced with so-called flow wrap made from paper
The packaging - currently made from polypropylene plastic - will be replaced with so-called flow wrap made from paper
 
New wood pulp trays will replace Iceland plastic ready meal trays with wood within five years
New wood pulp trays will replace Iceland plastic ready meal trays with wood within five years



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    The switch from plastic will cost ICELAND  money, but it pledged there will be no corresponding rise in prices.
    The company's move comes amid mounting concern about the impact of plastic packaging on the environment, and follows news that China will no longer take British waste plastic for recycling, meaning big business will have to clean up its own mess. The media has highlighted the huge amount of excess plastic packaging used by  retail stores, and turned the spotlight on waste and blight associated with bags, microbeads, bottles and plastic-lined coffee cups.
    ICELAND is harnessing the latest technology to create new plant-based 'green' packaging options, which are fully recyclable through household waste collections.
    Its new ready meal trays are wood pulp rather than plastic, and although they will initially be coated with a thin layer of plastic, the supermarket giant plans to replace this with a water-based, non-plastic spray coating.
     
    Iceland Managing director Richard Walker holds the current plastic tray (left) and the new wood pulp tray (right) 
     
    Iceland's landmark move puts pressure on its rivals to follow suit amid public demands to turn back the tide of plastic pollution
    ICELAND's landmark move puts pressure on its rivals to follow suit amid public demands to turn back the tide of plastic pollution. ICELAND cannot dictate the packaging used by the big food brands it stocks, but it will encourage them to switch away from plastic.
    Recently, some of retail's biggest figures, including former bosses of Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Asda and Debenhams, signed a statement calling for an end to throwaway plastic packaging. They said: 'Over the past decade Britain's retailers have in the main focused on recycling in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of the plastic waste they produce.
    'But we have to accept that this isn't enough – by recycling plastic, we are merely recycling the problem. It is therefore essential that retailers and packaging manufacturers work together to turn off the tap of throwaway packaging.'
     
    Iceland own branded burgers are put into a plastic bag and then inside a cardboard box. In future, the bag will be removed and they will go straight in the box
    ICELAND own branded burgers are put into a plastic bag and then inside a cardboard box. In future, the bag will be removed and they will go straight in the box
     
    Greenpeace executive director John Sauven last night congratulated ICELAND on 'its bold pledge', adding: 'It's now up to other retailers and food producers to respond to that challenge.
    'The tidal wave of plastic pollution will only start to recede when they turn off the tap. They know the scale of systemic change we need, and yet their responses have been timid and piecemeal. Iceland has offered a more radical solution that shows the way forward for the sector.' 
     
    Now all we have to do is convince all the other supermarket giants of the western world to reduce or eliminate plastic packaging like this brave British company. Easy, huh?
     

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    New Alien Sighting

     
     Hundreds of pictures and videos of UFOs are taken every year and enthusiasts believe many of them could be proof . While some have been debunked as fake, there are still dozens that have left even the experts scratching their heads and wondering if we really have been visited by creatures from another planet.

    Aliens. They’re real. They like to pop down to Earth from time to time, just to do a lil’ location scouting for their next planetary move or to observe the weird life forms down here...like the one in the White House
    I like to think they are friendly and just want to be chummy with us. Some would say they want annihilate us all , Independence Day style. But I cling to the hope I can be friends with an extraterrestrial.
     


    But I digress. Basically, 2018’s had it’s first alien sighting – it’s not even the end of January. Be patient alien friends.
    Here’s the sighting – it happened in Mexico.  Most alien sightings happen in Mexico, or in the border US states (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona). I know this because I am a keen alien sighting follower.

    Here’s the latest alien, friends.


    A cute little suspended alien stick man....Aaaand below is the full, definitely not doctored, video.
     

     
    Apparently, according to “UFO Expert” Pedro Ramirez, -- I mean, if you’re a UFO Expert you’d best  wheel out  any/all potential alien sightings – there’s been a spike in UFOs since the last 2 months of 2017 due to recent NASA and SpaceX launches.
    “Concerned by our activity, they have been increasingly monitoring our planet,” he said.
    Can’t argue with that logic, can you. Especially when it comes from an expert!
    “You always believe someone who says they’re an expert”.
    Anyway, I for one welcome our new alien observers ... especially if they are cute little alien stick dudes.
     As always, decide for yourself.

    Look up hypocrisy on Google... You'll find this video

    In spite of Africa being a 'shithole country' ( Trump doesn't know it's  the world's second largest  continent) Mr Trump has nothing but praise for Doctor Martin Luther King. You will notice that his speech was written for him and he is reading it without much enthusiasm.
     

     
     
    LATE NIGHT'S REACTION TO 'SHITHOLE' COMMENT
     

    Tuesday, January 09, 2018

    Finland baker launches bread made from crushed crickets

     
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish bakery and food service company Fazer launched on Thursday what it said was the world’s first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores.
    The bread, made from flour ground from dried crickets as well as wheat flour and seeds, contains more protein than normal wheat bread. Each loaf contains about 70 crickets and costs 3.99 euros ($4.72), compared with 2 to 3 euros for a regular wheat loaf.
    “It offers consumers with a good protein source and also gives them an easy way to familiarize themselves with insect-based food,” said Juhani Sibakov, head of innovation at Fazer Bakeries.
    The demand to find more food sources and a desire to treat animals more humanely have raised interest in using insects as a protein source in several Western countries.
    In November, Finland joined five other European countries - Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Denmark - in allowing insects to be raised and marketed for food use. Sibakov said Fazer had developed the bread since last summer. It had to wait for legislation to be passed in Finland for the launch.
     
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    Dried crickets which are ground into flour to make the bread
     
    The first mass-delivered bread made of insects are seen at the Finnish food company Fazer bakery in Helsinki, Finland November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Attila Cser

    “I don’t taste the difference ... It tastes like bread,” said Sara Koivisto, a student from Helsinki after trying the new product.
    Due to a limited supply of crickets, the insect-bread will initially only be sold in 11 Fazer bakery stores located in Helsinki region hypermarkets, but the company plans to offer it in all 47 of its stores by next year. The company buys it's cricket flour from the Netherlands but is looking for local suppliers.  Fazer, a family business with sales of about 1.6 billion euros last year, did not give a sales target for the product.
    Insect-eating, or entomophagy, is common in much of the world. The United Nations estimated last year that at least 2 billion people eat insects and more than 1,900 species have been used for food.
    In Western countries, edible bugs are gaining traction in niche markets, particularly among those seeking a gluten-free diet or wanting to protect the environment because farming insects uses less land, water and feed than animal husbandry.
    As climate change reduces the kinds of crops we can grow, we will turn to alternative food sources more and more. So get used to the idea friends. And did you know there is a great new recipe for crispy mealworm bread ??