Amazon under fire over plastic packaging

US retail giant Amazon has been criticised by customers in the United Kingdom for increasing its use of plastic packaging after it introduced a new range of padded plastic envelopes for deliveries.   Amazon said its SmartPac envelopes are recyclable and that it is “working to improve” its packaging options”….

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Tremor at UK fracking site halts work

Fracking at the UK’s only active site has been halted after the largest tremor yet recorded.   Seismic activity with a magnitude of 1.55 was detected at the Preston New Road site near Blackpool on Wednesday night, owners Cuadrilla said.   Previously, the largest tremor recorded at Little Plumpton was…

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US delays some tariffs on Chinese imports

The US is delaying imposing tariffs on some imports from China until 15 December because of “health, safety, national security and other factors”.   The products include mobile phones, laptops, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, and certain footwear and clothing.   The surprise news from the United States…

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German economic output slips back

Germany’s economy shrank during the April-to-June period of this year.   A decline in exports dampened growth, according to official data, which comes amid concerns of a global slowdown.   GDP fell by 0.1% compared with the previous quarter, according to the Federal Statistics Office.   That takes the annual…

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Confusion over UK plastic bag usage

The UK government recently announced that plastic bag sales had fallen dramatically.   The Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers, welcomed the news, saying, “Our comprehensive action to slash plastic waste and leave our environment in a better state continues to deliver results, with our 5p charge reducing plastic bag sales by…

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