Scottish Government’s plans to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds On a cold East Lothian beach, Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced the exciting news that the Scottish Government plans to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds. The Environment Secretary was joined by representatives from Fidra, news media from the BBC, ITV amongst others and more than 20…
Cotton buds—corporate change leads the way in the UK and Europe The Cotton Bud Project has been featured in the October issue of Oryx - a leading international journal of conservation. The Conservation News article describes the retailer engagement that has proven so successful in convincing retailers to transition from plastic to paper stems. The online article is available to read for free here.      
Friday, 29 September 2017 12:27

The seahorse and the cotton bud

The Seahorse and the Cotton bud... The Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards always showcase astounding photography, and this year's finalists are no different. Within the final selection is a poignant piece by Justin Hofman who managed to capture a seahorse wrapped around a pink plastic cotton bud stick through turquoise waters. The image highlights the interaction of wildlife and marine debris that is now commonplace worldwide.
Monday, 21 August 2017 06:00

Fidra News - Summer 2017

Fidra News Summer 2017 Welcome to our new-look Fidra News, Summer 2017 edition. This new look newsletter combines our Cotton Bud Project and Nurdle Newsletters. We wanted to make sure we celebrate all of Fidra's projects under one banner, and hope you'll enjoy reading stories from all of our work.  To download a pdf version of the newsletter, click HERE.            
The Cotton Bud Project features among other expert suggestions to cut plastic waste. We are very proud to be featured in the Guardian Sustainable Business among celebrities, campaigners and experts, examining ways for companies to cut down on single use plastics. Other suggestions for reducing plastic waste include ditching plastic water bottles and straws, using novel materials and coming up with innovative circular economy designs, as well as introducing deposit return systems to encourage recycling.  Read the full article Here.  …
Sainsbury's new paper cotton buds have now been manufactured! Look out for these appearing on shelves soon. We've been sent these photos showing the brand new paper buds, ready to hit the shelves. As part of the packaging redesign, Sainsbury's have also increased the size of their Bag it and Bin It label to make sure the message is clear: Don't flush these buds!  Check out the 4 new designs here:
NEWS- Scottish Wildlife Magazine, July 2017. Progress on Plastic Cotton Buds Scottish Wildlife Trust's July members magazine features the successful transition of Johnson & Johnson Ltd., and the commitment of further UK retailers from plastic to paper stems. Here's a copy of the article: 
Paper-stemmed cotton buds will continue to be non-flushable, but better labelling is needed to ensure the message gets across!      
Friday, 07 April 2017 16:48

Nurdle News Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 issue of Nurdle News is now available with updates from Fidra's Cotton Bud Project, and news of other projects that you can get involved with.
The new Spring 2017 edition of Marine Conservation, the Marine Conservation Society's quarterly magazine, is out now.  Great to see cotton buds make it onto page 2.      
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