Waste to Wealth Innovation Zone - Meet the exhibitors


Two women talk standing next to some open laptops

The Advance London advisory programme enables SMEs in London to capitalise on the benefits of the circular economy.

The business support service is jointly funded by LWARB and the European Regional Development Fund. Working with SMEs looking to scale their circular economy business or those looking to transition to a more circular business model. 

Website: www.advancelondon.org
Twitter: @Advance_London



Two people talking in front of an Anglian Water stand

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Two man talk by containers of reclaimed metal
The business uses industry-leading metal recycling techniques to extract ‘hidden’ metals from waste that would otherwise disappear in the waste chain. These recycling processes create environmental benefit and financial value. Through Recycling Lives’ unique model they also deliver real social value by creating skilled, sustainable jobs for graduates of Recycling Lives’ own offender rehabilitation and residential programmes.


A man holds a desk tidy towards the camera

Arup’s Product Design team and Goldfinger Factory have developed a family of small, medium and large storage and desk tidy products that combine waste, blow moulded polyethylene milk bottles with waste timber from interior refurbishment projects. All parts can be separated and replaced or recycled at the end of the products usable lifespan.

Website:  https://www.arup.com/news-and-events/arup-and-grosvenor-champion-new-liv...



A heating log wrapped in Coffee Log packaging

Coffee Logs are eco heat logs for woodburners, stoves and open fires, made from waste coffee grounds.

Each year bio-bean processes thousands of tonnes of waste coffee grounds, collected from coffee chains, restaurants, transport hubs, office blocks and more all around the UK. Recycling coffee helps reduce greenhouse gases, diverts waste away from costly landfill and gives your latte a useful second life. Each carbon neutral Coffee Log is made from the grounds of 25 cups of coffee and burns 20% hotter and longer than kiln-dried wood.


Square plastic tubs of cut fruit stacked up

Switching from a round pot to a square pot, was a simple idea, but wow what a difference it has made.
A square is a more efficient use of plastic and has allowed us to reduce the plastic in our product, saving 16 tonnes of plastic per year.  We switched from a label to a printed film and saved three million labels.

Boots have also switched the distribution of their product from cardboard cases to returnable crates saving:

  •  72 tonnes of cardboard
  •  Over ½ million case labels. 

This has also had the additional benefit of over a one Tonne reduction in food waste.
Boots have changed from a black fork to a white fork to ensure it is recylable.



Tubes of Boots Botanics cleanser

For many years Botanics, part of WBA, has supported sustainable development and has made positive changes to packaging by:

  • Reducing the amount of packaging used on each product
  • Ensuring packs are recyclable where possible

The main range of tube sleeves now uses 25% recycled content, as well as 25% in the range of bottles.

In 2012, the brand moved from using 100% virgin plastics in their tubes, to include 25% recycled content. This step closes the loop, to ensure not only making packaging that can be recycled by our consumers, but also that recycled content is put to good use.

Website: https://www.botanics.co.uk/skincare/cleansers-toners/all-bright-cleansing-foam-wash



Small square of different coloured particle board

Chip[s] Board is a bio material innovation company that creates materials using industrial potato waste.

Chip[s] Board has partnered with McCain UK, the largest potato processor in the world and creates material using the by-product created from McCain’s production. Chip[s] Board’s first material, Chip Particle Board [CPB], is an eco-friendly particulate board made from industrial potato ‘waste’. CPB is biodegradable or recyclable post-use and, unlike current particle boards, doesn’t contain added formaldehyde or other toxic resins and chemicals.

Beyond particulate board, Chip[s] Board is developing other materials from the same waste stream including a direct replacement for MDF to be used within interior architecture, pop up events and furniture, as well as developing a plastic that will be able to replace acetate within the fashion industry. 

Website: www.chipsboard.com 
Instagram: @chips_Board
Twitter: @chips_Board



Recycling bins for coffee cups beneath a Costa Coffee logo

In April 2018 Costa Coffee announced its ambition to become the first ever coffee chain in the UK to commit to recycling the same volume of cups it puts onto the market, some 500 million, in a bid to tackle the challenge of coffee cup recycling and to stop them ending up in landfill.

Costa has made it commercially and financially attractive for waste contractors to collect cups from offices, universities, shopping centres and transport hubs. Costa are on track to recycle 100 million cups by May 2019.

Website: https://www.costa.co.uk/
Twitter: @CostaCoffee


The first reusable coffee cup to enable contactless payments comes packaged in a folding carton made from recycled takeaway cups – a great example of the circular economy thinking in action.

Costa Coffee’s ‘Clever Cup’, which can be loaded with cash and used to make contactless payments, is also creating value from the coffee chain’s own waste stream by recycling its takeaway cups.

The project to develop Clever Cup’s packaging is a shining example of what can be produced from cup fibres processed through the world’s first ever facility dedicated to transforming cups into fine papers and sustainable packaging.

The launch of the Clever Cup forms part of Costa Coffee’s wider re-launch of its ‘next generation’ reusable cup range, giving customers the option to use reusable cups over single use takeaway cups.

Website: www.cupcycling.co.uk
Website: www.costa.co.uk

Twitter: #CupCycling  #sustainable #packaging #sdg12 #sdg17 @jamescropper @costacoffee  


Two women talk beside a large Environment Agency logoThe economic impact of waste crime in England in has been estimated to be at least £604 million. This includes lost business revenues to the legitimate waste sector, loss of tax revenues such as VAT, landfill and income tax, and costs to the public sector of clearing abandoned waste sites and fly-tipped waste. Local authorities dealt with over one million fly-tipping incidents in 2016/17 costing £57.7m

It’s vital that as responsible businesses everyone takes their part to make sure they don’t facilitate waste crime and don’t become a victim - you could be prosecuted for not complying with the law. But also, how would you feel, how would your businesses reputation be impacted, if your waste was found littering the countryside?
If you see or suspect illegal waste activities, report it anonymously to Crimestoppers:
www.crimestoppers-uk.org or call 0800 555 111.

HUBBUB ENTERPRISEA group of people onboard a boat named Hubbub

In 2017 Hubbub launched the world’s first 99% recycled plastic boat, Poly-Mer, which contains 8000 PET plastic water bottles.
Helping students connect with their local environment the idea of Plastic Fishing came from a Dutch organisation called Plastic Whale. Inspired by their story, Hubbub collected 8000 plastic bottles from cycling event Ride London and set out to make the world’s first recycled plastic boat.

Hubbub runs Plastic Fishing trips for London schools and businesses, to help to cut marine pollution, raise awareness and provide a great day out. Thanks to the generous financial support from the City Bridge Trust, they are able to offer trips for London schools for free and any profits made from the business trips are shared with their partners, Canary Wharf College.

Website: https://www.hubbub.org.uk/plastic-fishing
Twitter: @HubbubUK
Instagram: hellohubbub

Website: https://www.hubbub.org.uk/plastic-fishing
Twitter: @HubbubUK
Instagram: hellohubbub


A man puts a lpastic bottle in a recycling bin next to an Iceland sign

In May 2018, Iceland became the UK’s first supermarket to install a Reverse Vending Machine to show our support for the Government’s planned Deposit Return Scheme in England. As a world leader in pledging to eliminate plastic packaging from our own label range by 2023, we are determined to take every step we can to tackle the scourge of global plastic pollution.

Every year, UK consumers go through an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles, but only 57% of these are recycled; the remainder are incinerated, sent to landfill or left to pollute our streets, countryside and marine environment.

Iceland's machines which are installed at four of flagship stores, plus the head office, accept any Iceland plastic drinks bottle and reward customers with a 10p voucher to be used in store for each bottle recycled. The six-month trial aims to understand consumer perceptions and appetite for the technology, providing insights that will help Iceland to maximise the positive environmental impact of the official Deposit Return Scheme when it is launched.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive and Iceland very much hope that the UK and devolved governments can agree to implement on a single UK-wide Deposit Return Scheme as soon as possible, to enable Iceland to begin a roll-out of Reverse Vending Machines across many more stores.



A carept with an Interface logo woven inInterface: Understanding just how to produce this Proof Positive Tile requires taking a look at the carbon cycle by which carbon is extracted from the atmosphere into plants. Yes, plants store carbon.
Photosynthesis is the process of separating carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and water into breathable oxygen for the plant. In this cycle carbon is sequestered until the plant dies or gets consumed, e.g. burned. When either of these events occur carbon leaks skyward again.

Plants would either have to keep on living or get processed in specific ways for carbon to be retained and, thus, removed from the cycle.

This is not alchemy; this is not a pipe dream, this can really be done.

Nigel Stansfield, Interface EMEA CEO, discusses Proof Positive



A selection of brightly coloured notebooks

James Cropper joins forces with Coffee Notes in the creation of premium quality stationery.

Millions of disposable cups are thrown away in the UK each year. With the unique CupCyclingTM innovation, James Cropper upcycles used coffee cups on a commercial scale and turns them into premium coloured paper.

Coffee Notes converts the paper into various sizes and pagination to create Notebooks to customer order.

The notebooks are available in a selection of ten colours, from the Extract paper range, with at least five used 8oz cups going to make one sheet of 380gsm paper.

The cover on each notebook can be printed with brand identity, and has a textural embossed surface that helps protect the product from scuffing.

Website: https://www.cupcycling.co.uk/
Website: https:// www.coffeenotes.info

Twitter:  #CupCycling #sustainable #stationery #sdg12 #sdg17 @jamescropper #CoffeeNotes




Perfume bottles labelled Floral StreetJames Cropper creates packaging for Floral Street that challenges the status quo.

Floral Street presented James Cropper with a fantastic conceptual idea and a great technical and creative challenge. They wanted to change the way perfume is presented, challenge the notoriously lavish over-packaging and do it in a way that is much better for the planet.They required a complete packaging solution including lid, base and interchangeable inserts for various bottle sizes with a beautiful yet industrial look. The result is a unique COLOURFORMTM box design for Floral Street, achieved using a single material.

Floral Street also requested a fully recyclable packaging solution. Made from natural wood fibres, their pack can be recycled with household paper and this is made even easier due to the mono-material solution.

Website: https://www.colourformpackaging.com/
Websie:  https://floralstreet.com/

#Colourform  #sustainable #packaging #sdg12 #sdg17 @jamescropper @floralstreet



A group of small black tubs with Lush branding

James Cropper develop packaging that ‘leaves no trace’ for LUSH handmade cosmetics.

LUSH have always been passionate about reducing the impact of product packaging. They’ve even created innovative products that can be sold ‘naked’ or packaging free – such as their famous ‘bath bombs’ and solid shampoo bars. But of course, sometimes packaging is still important – for practical reasons and also as a way to enhance the retail experience for customers.

James Cropper worked with LUSH to design a standalone COLOURFORM™ moulded box made wholly from used cups, to hold a selection of solid bath oils and atmospheres therapeutic shower gels. LUSH then specified a black ‘Café Noir’ CupCycling paper for cosmetic packaging and for the production of Spa brochures. LUSH use at least 90% recycled content in their packaging, and aspire to ‘leave no trace’ by selecting packaging materials that can be easily re-used, recycled or composted.

#CupCycling  #Colourform #sustainable #packaging
 #sdg12 #sdg17 @jamescropper @LushLtd

Website: www.colourformpackaging.com
Website: www.uk.lush.com 


Images of Mimica food labels

For one penny per label, Mimica Touch can scientifically tell you when food spoils, accurate to one hour. It is a tactile label that turns from smooth to bumpy and the material inside actually experiences decay in the same way that food does due to being a by-product from the food industry.

Creating accessible, affordable freshness indicators for all types of perishable products, from food to pharmaceuticals, Mimica aims to become the globally recognised mark of freshness for industry, consumers, and communities.

Twitter: @mimicalab 


A man holds up a glass container of milk

Nestle is working with their supply chain, farmers, communities and partners to take a sustainable approach to land management. Investing in the management of natural resources including water, soil and habitats leads to higher quality milk for their products and ensures the long-term sustainability of local farms, communities, the environment and their business. 


A man puts pretend waste into a small toilet

Northumbrian Water is the only water company in the UK to use 100% of its wastewater sludge to create renewable energy in the form of biomethane at its industrial plants at Bransands at Teesport and Howdon on Tyneside.  The Howdon plant also hosts the largest gas to grid pland of its kind, which cleans and purifies the methane which is then injected into the national grid. 

The plants have delivered a 20% decrease in Northumbrian Water’s carbon footprint.  The gas to grid plant deliver approximately 88 million KWh of renwable energy per year, enough to supply the fas requirements of approximately 5000 domestic homes. The plant also delivers around £3m annual efficiency which helps NW customers to have one of the cheapest water and wastewater bills in the industry. A sister plant is in currently in development at Bran Sands.

Website: www.welivewater.co.uk
Twitter:  @northumbrianH2O



A computer screen showing the Olio logoOLIO is the world’s only neighbour-to-neighbour food sharing app. Globally over 1/3 of all the food we produce is wasted, which is worth $1.2 trillion; and over $100bn of this takes place in the home. OLIO solves this problem by connecting people with their neighbours and with local shops & cafes so that surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.  

Users simply snap a picture of their items and add them to OLIO. Neighbours then receive customised alerts and can request anything that takes their fancy.

Pick-up takes place – usually within hours – on the doorstep or another agreed location. Items typically found on the app include food nearing its use-by date from shops, cafes and markets; spare vegetables from the allotment; cakes from an amateur baker; or groceries from household fridges when people go away, move home or start a diet.

Businesses also donate food to an army of food-safety trained OLIO “Food Waste Hero” volunteers who redistribute this food to the local community from their home via the app. So far 700,000 OLIOers have successfully shred 1.2 million portions of food with each other in 32 countries.

Website:  https://olioex.com/


A label saying 'a truly circular remanufactured chair'

Renew IT have a team of IT experts who take technology such PCs that are no longer fit for purpose and carry out a range of activities including; secure data eradication, reconditioning of components, upgrading of memory (RAM), hard drive and graphics card replacement, all to give the new PC an upgrade, a new lease of life, to meet new user needs.

Website: https://www.premierworkplaceservices.co.uk/




A bottle of used chip fat next to a plastic soap bottlePwC has been working to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations for over a decade. With a rolling real estate programme, this has primarily centred on innovation – collaborating with other, visionary companies to identify, test and deploy new methods.

PwC are the first company to achieve the BREEAM offices ‘outstanding’ rating for sustainable buildings in three different categories - new-build, retrofit and multi-tenanted buildings.

PwC have been carbon neutral for 11 years

Since 2007

  • Energy consumption has reduced by 52%
  • Controlled buildings have 100% renewable electricity
  • Abolute carbon emissions reduced by 37%
  • £20m saved in energy and offset costs

A more circular economy way of working has seen   

  • 65% drop in paper usage
  • 39% less water consumption
  • 44% less waste generated
  • 90% of all materials used are recycled

Learn more about the impact of PwC's initiatives 

Website: https://www.pwc.co.uk/actingoncarbon
Wesbsite: https:// www.pwc.co.uk/goingcircular


READSTERSA row of books with Readsters stickers on them

Readsters offers a professional physical book library service, a benefit to engaged companies for their staff and their families.

The UK is the biggest printer of physical books per capita in the world  and the Readsters circular economy model enables efficient use of resources which are then donated to the charities designated by their customers.

Advantages of the Readsters professional book library include the continuous personal and professional development to help build  “the right” company culture helping to reduce attrition rates and all the associated costs and regular delivery of the customers selection of books and training materials to their company offices.

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A close up of a circuit board with a 'Recycling Lives' logo in the background

Recycling Lives is unique in using its recycling and waste management business to support and sustain charitable programmes. The rapid growth of its metal recycling operations is creating training and employment opportunities for ex-offenders and the homeless.

Mothers like Tina and Yukyin become knowledgeable metal operatives, working in metal recycling at sites nationwide to provide for their families. Both ex-offenders, their employment with Recycling Lives has prevented them from reoffending and supports the business’ high recycle rates.

Website: https://www.recyclinglives.com/case-studies

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A woan stands up a printer

The toner bottles for Ricoh’s core range of office Multi-Functional Printers (MFPs) for the European market are now made from recycled PET, avoiding consumption of virgin raw materials.  Additionally, Ricoh provides a convenient and free-of-charge online collection and recycling service (www.ricoh-return.com) for customers to send back their used consumables for remanufacture or recycling.

The packaging is created in a complex process using the latest technology, that joins together dried tomato leaf and recycled cardboard pulp. The cutting-edge packaging is widely recyclable and replaces the original plastic punnets the tomatoes were in.

In 1994 Ricoh devised the The Comet Circle TM, a ‘resource recirculation’ concept for maximising the reuse of finished goods and/or their refined materials in order to minimise inputs of new virgin raw materials.  The mindshift has been to regard used products not as waste but as valuable resources.  The Comet CircleTM has been internationally recognised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as an exemplar of the Circular Economy in practise.



Printer toner cartridges made of recycled materials

Ricoh remanufactures or refurbishes many of its products to extend the working life of the products, parts, consumables and embodied resources.  Remanufactured products go through full Ricoh factory reassembly, reusing around 85% (by weight) of the original ‘first life’ components, and are remarketed with full factory warrantee.  All remanufactured or refurbished items undergo rigorous Quality Control to ensure outstanding continued product performance.

In 1994 Ricoh devised the The Comet CircleTM, a ‘resource recirculation’ concept for maximising the reuse of finished goods and/or their refined materials in order to minimise inputs of new virgin raw materials.  The mindshift has been to regard used products not as waste but as valuable resources.  The Comet CircleTM has been internationally recognised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as an exemplar of the Circular Economy in practise.



Two highly pattererd pairs of swimming shorts

Our oceans are littered with plastics. In an effort to change this, Riz Smith and Ali Murrell set out with one aim; to create the most beautiful and sustainable swim shorts in the world.

Produced in exclusive runs with unique prints, every pair of Riz Boardshorts is crafted from a 100% recycled and recyclable fabric – plastic bottles. Elegantly tailored and ethically sourced, the shorts function perfectly in or out of the water. What’s more, the pioneering Rizcycle scheme allows you to return your old shorts in return for a discount on your next pair, fostering a more sustainable process. £1 from the sale of every pair of shorts also goes directly to the Marine Conversation Society.

Although firmly rooted in the sea and love of the great outdoors, the brand is very much a London one, blending the rich Saville Row heritage of bespoke suiting and gentleman ideals with Riz's own summery disposition, the brand has become affectionately known as the 'Tailors of Sunshine'.

Every pair of Riz shorts is printed in England using the latest digital print technology. This allows the shorts to come to life with limitless depth and colour. Not only is this process exquisite, it also uses earth friendly, water-based inks.




Our world has finite resources and demand for them is increasing. Being efficient with the materials we use and using closed loop A rainbow coloured airplane bladerecycling wherever possible is an essential part of a sustainable future.

Rolls-Royce products rely on exotic materials, such as rhenium, hafnium, nickel and titanium, to enable them to perform in a safe and efficient manner. Each year, Rolls-Royce use over 20,000 tonnes of high value metal alloys in their engine and component manufacturing – equivalent to two and a half Eiffel Towers. Rolls-Royce reuse as much waste and scrap as they can utilising a fully closed-loop recycling programme called Revert.

Through their service models Rolls-Royce are  also able to access and recover used engine parts, as components are replaced or engines are retired. Almost 95% of a used aero engine can now be recycled and around half of the recovered material is of such high quality it can be safely used again to make a new engine. The remainder is reused as a lower grade alloy, such as in watches or golf clubs.

Website: https://www.rolls-royce.com/
Twitter: @Rolls-Royce



A Sky television box is a cardboard box


As part of the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign Sky set out to create a system change, building on thier responsible business practice to further transform the business. Sky made a commitment to remove all single-use plastic in their operations, products and supply chain by 2020.

Sky are currently working to remove all single-use plastic from their own products by the end of 2018, by innovating and reimagining the way products are packaged.

Thinking about the manufacturing process, delivery and repair centre management Sky launched thier first single-use free plastic product Soundbox in October 2017.
This was followed by other Sky and Now TV products. The all new Sky Q set-top boxes are now packaged without single-use plastic too.

Image of a Sky box

Download the report:  https://skybiggerpicture.com/impact/#intro
Twitter: @skybiggerpic
Twitter: @SkyOceanRescue



Smile Plastics is a materials design and manufacturing house making exquisite hand-crafted panels from waste materials. 

Their Classics range of panels are 100% recycled and recyclable and made from a range of different plastics from yoghurt pots to plastic bottles. The materials are highly versatile and have been used in wide-ranging applications from small products to large-scale installations in both residential and commercial premises around the world.

Smile Plastics also offer a custom materials service making panels according to the customers colour/pattern and technical materials requirements.

Website: https://smile-plastics.com/
Website: https://studio-smile.com/
Twitter: @smileplastics



A mand and a woman stand next to a bottle of water and some concrete

Water reuse schemes have many advantages, including reducing pressure on drinking water supply networks as well as chemical, energy and carbon savings. In this project, a team from Stantec, Yorkshire Water and Tarmac explored whether treated wastewater could be reused as a direct substitute for drinking water in concrete production.

Yorkshire Water transported treated wastewater by tanker to a nearby Tarmac facility. Here, the water was used to create batches of concrete which were then poured into a series of 10 x 20 m slabs.  These slabs will be used by Yorkshire Water as foundations for a National Test Centre for emerging water technologies. In addition, the concrete will be tested for strength and long-term weathering performance to confirm its suitability for widespread use.

Website: https://www.yorkshirewater.com/about-us/newsroom-media/industrial-low-gr...

A masterbatch technology included at the manufacturing stage of plastic products, which allows the life of the product to be controlled at manufacture. After the useful life of the product, and in the presence of oxygen, the plastic item will become biodegradable in the open environment, if it is not collected for recycling.


Twitter: @symphony 

A man holds a watering can beside some plants

Thames Water work in one of the most densely populated and urbanised regions in the UK, which places a lot of pressure on drainage. Without action, population growth, urban creep and climate change would increase the likelihood of sewer flooding and pollution. Historically focused on engineering solutions, bigger sewers or more storage tanks, the emphasis is shifting to reducing the volume of surface water entering sewers by using Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). 

A planter is a property level SuDS. It’s like a water butt; filling up with rain from the roof downpipe, storing some for plant watering, and then discharging the rest automatically after the storm has subsided. Providing homeowners with water to reuse could not only reduce clean water bills but also reduce the risk of localised flooding, potentially offsetting large sewer upsizing schemes.

Website:  https://sustainability.thameswater.co.uk/Providing-sustainable-drainage/...


TOAST ALE LTDA row of Toast beer bottles

Toast Ale brew award-winning beer with fresh surplus bread and pour all profits into the environmental charity Feedback to end food waste.

The circular economy is baked into Toast’s entire business strategy, from using surplus bread in all their beers to ensuring spent grain at the end of the process goes to feeding animals. Toast sources fresh, surplus bread from bakeries and the unused heel end of loaves from the sandwich industry, using it to replace one-third of the grain bill. There’s the equivalent of a slice of surplus bread in every bottle.

Key principles:

  1. Produce world class craft beer that consumers love.
  2. Reduce bread waste directly by upcycling.
  3. Raise awareness of the problems of, and solutions to,  food waste.
  4. Maximise profits, which all go to the charity Feedback.

Website: https://www.toastale.com/
Twitter: @toastale
Instagram: @toastale
Facebook: www.facebook.com/toastale



Application of a “low tech” sustainable green technology to treat phosphorus from wastewater treatment works which can then be recycled as slow release fertiliser. It’s fit for purpose for very small wastewater sites and promotes circular economy.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/unitedutilities
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialUnitedUtilities


VEOLIA- NEW LIFE PAINTSA man smiles while holding a tin of New Life paint

It is estimated that the average UK household has 17 tins of partially used paint in their sheds and garages. But paint is difficult to recycle and often ends up in landfill, wasting a good quality resource.

That’s where Newlife Paint comes in. The remanufacturing process gives waste paint a new life and it is laboratory tested to guarantee it meets the same standards as new paint, as well as Environment Agency standards.

The process is based on licensed technology and involves depackaging old paint pots, recovering the leftover paint and turning it into new, high quality, durable, environmentally friendly paint products. Product lines include white and magnolia emulsion for interior walls and ceilings for all types of buildings. A matt or silk finish is available and bespoke batches of paint colours can be manufactured on demand and are available to purchase from our independent paint manufacturer.

Website: www.newlifepaints.com
Twitter: @VeoliaUK


A close up of a hand holding plastic pellets

At Veolia’s plastics reprocessing plant in Dagenham, East London, waste plastic is transformed into 10,000 tonnes of high quality, UK equivalent food grade HDPE pellets every year.  The facility has the capacity to reprocess 300 million HDPE milk bottles - all the bottles produced by a catchment as large as London. 

Plastic bottles arriving at Dagenham are cleaned, shredded into small fragments and are sorted by sophisticated optical sensors sorted by colour. Air streams blast the coloured pieces away, separating out the different colours. The plastic is then treated and purified before being turned into “high grade” pellets which are sold back to manufacturers and regenerated into new product, giving the initial material a second life.

This enables Veolia to close the loop on plastic products and help customers to meet their food safety and sustainability targets with traceable, high quality feedstock for their packaging.

Website: https://www.veolia.co.uk/media/research/plan-plastics
Twitter: @VeoliaUK


VEOLIA - PRO-GROWAn image of a plant surrounded by bags of fertiliser

Pro-Grow is made from green garden waste collected from homes and businesses across the country. It protects precious peatland habitats by creating a more sustainable and renewable alternative.

Every year Veolia collects more than 400,000 tonnes of green garden waste and food waste and transforms it into 200,000 tonnes of high quality organic compost.

Pro-Grow a great example of a closed loop solution where cuttings and waste from gardens are collected, composted and repackaged into a multi-purpose compost to be used to help plants grow.

The Pro-Grow range of sustainable gardening products are particularly effective for improving low quality soils where fertility and organic matter have been reduced by long term use of chemical fertilisers. The range is available in more than 300 shops across the country.

Website: www.pro-grow.com/
Twitter:  @VeoliaUK


A group of mixed, empty glass bottles

In March 2018, Veolia and Knauf Insulation opened a new high tech glass recycling facility in St Helens, Merseyside. This facility exemplifies the circular economy with over 60,000 used glass bottles and jars each year given a second lease of life.
The world first facility uses the latest technology to sort and separate glass at a micro-level with exceptional accuracy, delivering an ultra-pure glass cullet. This is then used to manufacture Knauf Insulation’s high performance solutions.

The new facility also enables Knauf Insulation to secure its glass supply and maximise the use of recycled materials instead of virgin minerals. The proximity of the new facility will save approximately 375,000 miles of road journeys.

Website: https://www.knaufinsulation.co.uk/
Website: https://www.veolia.co.uk/
Twitter: @VeoliaUK



At the Veolia facility in Northern Ireland, 7,000 tonnes of sewage sludge ash is produced annually. The ash is a non-hazardous waste that currently goes to landfill in England. The composition of the ash is similar to natural clay, which is used in the construction industry to make lightweight expanded aggregates. This process is well established and the technology is readily available consisting of pelletisation and sintering.

Laboratory tests have demonstrated the suitability of sewage sludge ash as a substitute for lightweight expanded aggregates, with appearance, density, chemical stability and strength matching commercial specifications.

Website: https://www.veolia.co.uk/
Twitter:   @VeoliaUK



Tomatoes on smal non-plastic trays

Following a successful trial Waitrose & Partners is replacing plastic punnets for the Duchy Tomato range using an innovative alternative. 


Winnow develops technology used by a growing number of organisations to cut food waste in their operations. Their digital tools provide data to drive improvements in kitchen production processes and to help cut food waste in half, saving money and reducing environmental footprint at the same time.

Winnow has been adopted by 1,000 sites globally and operates in over 35 countries with offices in London, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai and Iowa City. They work with contract catering firms, restaurant groups, hotel chains and cruise lines. Clients include the Compass Group, Elior, IKEA, Pizza Hut, Accor Hotels, IHG and Carnival Cruises.

Kitchens that use Winnow tend to see a 40-70% reduction in food waste within 6-12 months, driving food cost savings in the range of 3%-8%, improving margins whilst doing the right thing.

Website: https://www.winnowsolutions.com/en/product

Twitter: @WinnowSolutions
LinkedIn: Winnow Solutions 

WRAPA sign saying 'From crying over spilt milk to milking every moment'

WRAP brokers and manages sector-wide voluntary agreements, accelerating change in ways that governments, individual companies or community groups cannot achieve on their own. WRAP forges powerful partnerships, bringing together organisations that would not normally work together to work towards common goals.

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) is forging partnerships to improve the sustainability of clothing. The agreement targets every stage of the clothing journey, bringing together retailers, brands, re-use and recycling organisations, charities and NGOs, who collectively make up over 60% of UK clothing sales.

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is an ambitious voluntary agreement that brings together a broad range of organisations to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

The UK Plastics Pact will transform the UK plastic packaging sector.  By moving away from a linear plastics economy, where we take, make and dispose of plastic, and towards a circular system where we keep plastic in the economy and out of the natural environment.