March 2nd, 2018

Packet loss: litter and packaging in the Philippines

by Amy Slack   It’s been two months since I stepped back into Bristolian life after spending five months working with Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP), trying to find local solutions to the global issue of marine plastics. Being at the coal face of an issue that has been the focus of a significant amount of […]


May 5th, 2017

Grounds for concern: the problem of coffee capsules

by Mark Hilton and Daniel Card   With an estimated two billion cups consumed every day, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks and has been the fuel for countless projects, essays – and Isonomia blogs. In the UK, the average person consumes 1.7kg of coffee per year. This is less than residents […]


March 24th, 2017

Throw away your chains: waste in food manufacturing

by Mark Hilton   Much of the UK’s efforts to address food waste have been directed towards retailers and householders. This focus is not without some justification: household food waste accounts for nearly half of the nearly 10m tonnes of post-farm gate food waste in the UK each year. However, that should not lead us […]


January 29th, 2016

Advisory note: packaging industry opposition to producer responsibility

by Chris Sherrington   Earlier this week I skimmed through an old Guardian article about ‘corporate welfare’ – which reported analysis suggesting that taxpayers hand businesses £93bn a year (more than £3,500 per household) in the form of subsidies, direct grants and tax breaks. While I didn’t delve too deeply, the thrust of the argument […]


October 12th, 2012

Producer irresponsibility

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by Dominic Hogg   If you were asked to design a policy which was named ‘producer responsibility’, what’s the one thing you would try to make sure you did? The clue, I believe, lies in the name. How is it, then, that UK policy makers have managed so successfully to limit the extent to which […]