Waitrose & Partners and Hubbub reveal winners of £1m fund to fight plastic pollution

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
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Waitrose & Partners and Hubbub has announced the five projects it will support as part its £1m grant fund designed to tackle plastic pollution.

The fund has been raised from the sale of 5p carrier bags from Waitrose & Partners shops.

Grants will be split between the five winners who will receive funding between £150,000 and £300,000.

Around 150 applications were received from a diverse group including marine scientists, charities and environmental organisations.

Winning applicants included the Blue Marine Foundation, which has developed an initiative to make fishing gear visible and the Youth Hostel Association which will introduce bottle refill stations in 60 youth hostels across England and Wales.

Environmentally-friendly menstrual products will be boosted thanks to the Women’s Environmental Network, plus Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Mussel Power project which aims to use mussels on coastal sites to filter out microplastics from the water.

Plastic recycled Onion Collective CIC and Biohm will receive funding to develop a new process to use fungus-like bacteria to break down synthetic waste and turn it into new products.

Tor Harris, health and agriculture at Waitrose & Partners, said: “All these inspirational projects have the ability to create real impact in tackling environmental issues and encouraging behaviour change so we can collectively achieve our goal of reducing plastic pollution.”

Waitrose & Partners has now removed 5p plastic bags from its shops and replaced loose fruit and vegetable bags with a home compostable alternative.

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