The customers of Asda will probably have to carry refillable containers of their own starting 2020 in an attempt to reduce plastic waste.
Asda confirmed that it will be hosting a trial of refillable and reusable packaging for a period of three months the following year.
The scheme can include shoppers bringing containers which they can fill up from the store’s dispensers.
The supermarket colossal said that nearly one third of its own plastic packaging would be made using recycled materials by next year end.
Its hoped that this move may help prevent nearly 19,500 tons of non-recyclable plastic from piling up at landfills.
As per Roger Burnley, Chief Executive of Asda, elimination of any avoidable plastic is the topmost concern of the company, as well as its customers, right now.
The main aim of the company is to get rid of any unnecessary plastic and coming up with new packaging solutions for products which really require packaging, Burnley added.
The company is aiming to lower the overall plastic amount that it uses in its brand packaging for products by 15 percent by the year 2021. The main goal is to switch to recyclable brand packaging completely by the year 2025, said a spokesperson for Asda.
Super-rich fuelling growing demand for private jets, report finds
Honeywell Aerospace, a leading aviation firm in the world, has forecasted that in the coming ten years, multinational companies will buy around 8,000 new private jets. Besides, the aviation firm also informed that each jet will burn 40 times as much carbon as commercial flights.
In 2019, around 690 new jets are anticipated to start operating. This is 9 percent more than the 2018’s total jet numbers. The wealthy individuals and businesses are now investing their money to buy new private jets produced by world’s three leading jet manufacturers. This acts as a primary factor behind the increasing demand for private jets.
Even though the carbon level is increasing, no downfall has been detected in the demand for private jets. As per the latest report, about one fifth of the jets are believed to be bought by celebrities and richest members. They will use jets to travel to desirable locations from their home. Besides, big companies or corporate will use the private jets for executives’ transportation. Currently, around 4,600 private jets are operation across the globe.
Senior marketing analysis manager at Honeywell Aerospace, Gaetan Handfield said that launching of new models by the leading jet producers along with clean streamline design is expected to trigger the demand for such jets around the world.
UK’s biggest mobile networks agree deal to tackle poor rural 4G coverage
The mobile operators in the UK have taken a pledge to invest around £1bn for one ‘Shared Rural Network’ (SRN) meant to tackle 4G notspots.
The four mobile operators, Three, EE, Vodafone and O2, have penned down proposals in order to boost 4G rural coverage across 95% of the country by the year 2025 through £530mn. Meanwhile, the government has committed to invest up to £500mn, thus bringing the overall value of the agreement to around £1bn.
As per Ofcom, the present geographic coverage of 4G network from these four mobile operators stands at just 66%, with 8% places having no coverage in any way. Besides, a recent analysis on the network coverage data has also shown that 8 in 10 UK areas lack a full coverage of 4G.
Under the new ‘SRN’ set up, the four providers will be investing on one network of existing and new phone masts which they’ll share equally. This would result in further coverage for around 280,000 premises as well as 16,000 kilometres of roads. The consumers would be dependent upon their own operator’s network for using their phones at wherever place they are.
Notably, the SRN is subject to a legal agreement still and the proposal is yet to arrive at an official agreement early the following year.
Airport security: 3D baggage scanners could end liquid restrictions
As per latest rule laid out by the government, all major airports at the United Kingdom need to introduce 3d screening equipment for baggage before 2022 ends. Ministers say that this technology will surely boost the security along with sped up checks prior to passenger boarding. This will also end any restrictions with regards to travelling with laptops and liquids.
This equipment is similar to the CT scanners found in hospitals. The installation process had already started at the Heathrow Airport in London. It caters a clear picture of the contents inside the bag with zoom in and the rotate option for proper inspection.
As of now, the passengers who want to carry liquids in the cabin baggage have been restricted to the containers that hold nothing above 100ml. These containers are to be shown before the security staff using a single, resealable, transparent bag with 20cmX20cm dimensions.
These limits were imposed back in the year 2006 after British Police uncovered a plan that would have blown up at least 10 planes with use of explosives that were hidden inside drinking bottles. Announcing his new plans, Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister mentioned that these scanners shall cut down the hassles for passengers with improved security.
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