25p more for your burger

Since April of this year, there has been a ban on the sale of single-use products made of plastic, such as straws. Following the example of Scotland.

In total, it is estimated that there are 150 million tons of plastic in the oceans, causing 100,000 deaths of marine mammals. So, its goal is to reduce garbage in the sea.

At the rate at which this material is produced, experts predict that by 2050 there will be more plastics in the sea than marine life. Apparently we are on track to cause our own catastrophe. According to a study published in 2010 by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis of the USA and the University of Georgia in Greece, it is estimated that around 10 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year.

For this, the Government will allocate 61.4 million pounds.

After several months, chains like Waitrose, will remove all disposable coffee cups from their stores for this fall. His argument for wanting to eliminate these is that they can not be recycled by normal systems, since they are made of cardboard with a tightly bonded polyethylene lining, which is difficult to remove.

It has been proven that coffee chains such as Starbucks, Pret, Costa … recycle less than one glass out of every 400 used, which is a problem, since around seven million cups of cardboard coffee are used every day in the United Kingdom.
However, Starbucks offers its customers a 25 pence discount if they bring their own glasses, although not many take advantage of this offer.

Since September plastic straws to McDonalds, since according to BBC, the chain uses an average of 1.8 m each day in its locals in the United Kingdom that can not be recycled and of which, most will end up in our seas.

At the end of March, a new recycling was announced, which consisted of a surcharge of 20p for each bottle and can purchased, although the amount would be reimbursed once the container is returned.

According to a survey, more than half of Londoners would like to replace plastic bottles with reusable containers.

Chris Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs last night stormed: “If the government wants to encourage economic growth it should be taxed, not discriminating against people on the basis of what they eat and drink.”

Theresa May last month revealed plans to the plastic bag charge to 10p and extend it to every shop.



12 years after Jamie Oliver’s junk food crusade, have colleges missed out on healthy food provisions?

Over a decade after Jamie Oliver’s campaign against junk food, the government is continuing to tackle an obesity ‘epidemic’ in schools – but is enough being done to tackle poor quality food in colleges?

Fatty foods over the counter, vending machines and fast-food premises setting up nearby colleges continue to put pressure on the institutions to promote quality food.

And education secretary Justine Greening’s plans to inject £415 million of cash into primary, secondary schools and sixth form colleges did not offer provisions for further education institutions.

Last year funding for the Education Funding Agency (EFA) was cut by 2.2pc, meaning a change in food standards in colleges may be slow due to budget constraints.

According to the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), 40 per cent of schools are within walking distance to fast food outlets.

The RSPH’s findings also revealed that one in four children had takeaway orders delivered to their schools.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “The Government recognises the importance of helping children and young people lead healthier lives.

“The ‘Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action’ report was published last year to improve the well-being of children, and contribute towards reducing future pressures on the NHS.

“The plan will help children and families to recognise and make healthier choices and be more active, supported by schools and the NHS.”

Oliver’s campaign resulted in processed meats, sweets, soda and crisps being banned from schools.

The ban, which came into force in 2006, seemed to neglect colleges in higher education, meaning vending machines filled with chocolates and snacks with high levels of saturated fats can still populate these schools.

A move to combat the growing obesity problem in the country, in a report by the government, was estimated to cost the NHS £5.1bn in 2015.

In recent months, the government has focused its attention on younger schoolchildren – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced a policy to provide free school meals for all primary schools.

As the current policy stands, pupils in the first three years of primary education receive free meals.

In England 16-year-olds must remain in some form of education until they reach the age of 18, unless they begin an apprenticeship or work.

People in this age group are believed to be the most vulnerable to unhealthy diets.

The government’s child obesity plan highlights that a third of children aged two to 15 are overweight and younger generations are staying obese for longer.

Obese adults are more likely to contract type-2 diabetes, and are not only prone to physical threats like heart attacks, but mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.