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One Stop clinches environmental world title

2 July 2014

One Stop has scooped a world title at The World Green Ambassador Awards, held at The Crystal in London on Monday 30 June.

The convenience retailer clinched the prestigious title for its pioneering low carbon carrier bags, in conjunction with its supplier Exoplastics Ltd. Together the two companies collaborated on the research and development of a new bag, which met One Stop’s criteria for improving strength and performance whilst delivering major environmental benefits.

The introduction of a new innovative material, EXO-LLD, replaces 20% of the fossil-fuel based plastic with a bio-renewable material made from waste sea shells. This makes the bags strong, recyclable and more eco-friendly. One Stop was the first to market with this new type of carrier bag, which generates significant CO2 savings. The material is now being used by other convenience and mainstream retailers in a wide range of products.

To qualify for the World Green Ambassador Awards, One Stop and Exoplastics won Gold at last year’s International Green Apple Awards in the category for Paper & Packaging Innovation. The venue chosen for the Ambassador Award ceremony was ‘The Crystal’ which is located at the Royal Victoria Docks in London. This is one of the world’s greenest buildings and the ceremony itself was a carbon-neutral event.

In addition to gaining World Ambassador status, a donation was made on behalf of One Stop to The Green Earth Appeal, whose tree plantings in emerging nations not only help the environment and wildlife, but also create job opportunities for the local population.

The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation and have become well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world. Their awards are now in their eighteenth year and established as one of the major environmental recognition schemes, both in the UK and internationally. (www.thegreenorganisation.info).

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