Company director hid illegal waste; Billionth Nampak bottle sold; Plastics industry ‘lacking confidence’; Young fashion designers
Director tried to hide illegal waste activity
The director of Stockton firm Auckland Environmental Services has admitted trying to hide hazardous waste that the company was storing illegally.
Andrew Bainbridge told Environment Agency officers that the unit on the site at Bowesfield Crescent was locked and he did not have a key. But further investigations showed the unit contained around 50 large drums and containers of waste with contents that did not match their labels.
Auckland Environmental Services Ltd admitted operating a waste storage operation without a permit at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on 27 February and was fined £7,800 and ordered to pay £1,523 costs and £120 victim surcharge.
Billionth Nampak bottle sold
Nampak Plastics has announced that it has sold its billionth milk bottle.
The Infini bottle is currently the lightest and strongest milk bottle on the British market and has been adopted by Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
Since their 2012 launch, Nampak claims that the Infini bottles have saved 34,000 tonnes of carbon and 16,000 tonnes of material annually as a result of their innovative design.
Plastics industry lacking confidence says BPF
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published its latest industry survey which suggests that business confidence for the next 12 months is flat lining.
The survey attracted 93 members, a sixth of whom are involved in recycling.
“Overall performance remains robust”, said Philip Law, the BPF’s Director General “but the world is currently a very uncertain place and it’s hardly surprising that manufacturers are exercising cautious judgement and to some extent sitting on their hands.”
Bright ideas in WRAP textile design awards
Four fashion designers have made the final stage of the inaugural SCAP Extending the Life of Clothes Design Award promoted by WRAP.
The competition challenges designers to address the key reasons for garment failure and the concepts needed to achieve solutions to longer life times, as well as deliver ideas that are fashionable and saleable.
- focus on changing items from one product into another - such a dress that is easily transformed into a bag
- a children’s wear concept with dissolvable threads that enables consumers to easily increase the size of the item to accommodate a growing child
- detachable fastenings to replace traditional methods for ease of size adjustment
- offering made to measure tailoring for items that are easy to mix and match