UK’s Co-op to ditch single-use plastic bags for biodegradable bags

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A popular supermarket chain in the UK is taking a step towards bettering the environment by putting a stop to plastic waste. Co-op just announced plans to use compostable carrier bags that double as biodegradable waste bags in all of its stores. The new bags will replace the old plastic carriers, which were only single-use and non-biodegradable.

Co-op is introducing the eco-friendly bags over the next few weeks. Stores in England, Wales and Scotland will receive the bags first, followed by outlets… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



UK’s first energy positive classroom produces 1.5x the energy it uses

After one year in operation, the numbers are in: the United Kingdom’s first energy net positive classroom is capable of producing 1.5 times the amount of energy it needs to operate. Known as the Active Office, the energy producing classroom stands as a shining example of what is possible as the United Kingdom and other nations attempt to transform their energy systems in response to climate change. The building was designed by experts at SPECIFIC, a UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre led by Swansea… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Aerospace-inspired wonder could be the UK’s first double-decker high-speed train

Lucky Brits could soon ride on high-speed trains with luxury jet-like interiors. Taking inspiration from aerospace design, Andreas Vogler Studio and the German Aerospace Center dLR designed and developed the AeroLiner 3000 train, the first double-deck high-speed train for the UK. Conceived with plans of implementation, this innovative and ultra-lightweight design would allow for an increase in capacity of 30% on the British railways’ existing infrastructure—no new railways needed.

Winner… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

UK’s first self-driving grocery delivery van hits the streets of Greenwich

Related: The world’s first self-driving grocery store just hit the streets of Shanghai

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