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The tech company going single-use plastic free

Words by Abi Scaife

It’s time for your weekly business roundup - and we’ve got some big businesses this week! Get ready for some great new initiatives, as well as an honourable mention to a long-term partnership we love.


Biffa is a waste management company, that has recently partnered with upcycling business Lunaz. Together, they have pledged to remove all of Biffa’s diesel engines in their trucks and replace them with more environmentally friendly electric ones. This is doubly good for the environment, as it ensures that the old trucks are not simply discarded, but are improved and repurposed.


Google has launched its Single-Use Plastics Challenge, volunteering their cafes and MicroKitchens as guinea pigs for food packaging that is free from single-use plastic. Finalists will be able to pitch their food products to Google, to be in with the chance to roll them out across their US offices. Google are hoping to use this as a way to end single-use plastics in their office food supplies, and be more eco-friendly! 


IKEA and Barnardos have come together in a national partnership to help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK. This long-term partnership aims to support young people in unstable housing, and they are doing incredible work helping these young people. Their work includes LifeLabs, a first-of-its-kind online hub, created with care experienced young people for care-experienced young people, to help them learn and meet new people.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Partnership for the Goals.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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