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Phoebe Weston Plastic pollution: Why we’re failing to cut down

Ambitions and targets for reduction abound, but with few binding commitments – and as global demand for fuel declines, oil companies are looking to turn the excess into plastic, writes Phoebe Weston

Costa Coffee lobbied government against 25p ‘latte levy’

Exclusive: Costa claimed it would be ‘deliberately targeting coffee drinkers’ and questioned whether cups made from plastic and paper could be deemed single-use plastic