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The latest news from the natural and organic products industry.

Treat hand gels as last resort, or risk superbug ‘armageddon’

Prolonged use of hand gels during the pandemic could lead to a superbug 'armageddon situation', an expert in surface disinfection has warned.

60% of schools not tackling period poverty, says charity

A scheme launched by the DfE which makes period products free to school pupils has seen under 40% uptake, reports the Free Period group.

Honey better for coughs and colds than antibiotics, study finds

Researchers say that honey is more effective than antibiotics and most over-the-counter medicines at treating coughs and colds.

Intensive animal farming ‘single most risky human behaviour’ for pandemics

A report by ProVeg International highlights ‘a fundamental and often-overlooked’ link between pandemics and our animal-based food system.

Farmers launch Happerley England to ‘reverse retail demise’

On 29 August farmers will take over a former retail site to open a new outlet to drive ‘radical change in how food and drink is retailed'.  

Planet Organic shuts two ANI stores

After its buyout of the organic and natural food chain As Nature Intended in March, Planet Organic’s is closing two of the seven ANI stores.

Thirst for soya drinks harming the planet, warns SFT

People who buy milk substitutes made from soya are inadvertently harming the planet, the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) claims.  

Selfridges launches sustainability initiative

Selfridges has launched a ‘transformational sustainability initiative’ as part of its commitment to help customers change the way they shop.

YourZooki secures £950K backing to meet surge in demand

YourZooki, the provider of specialist liposomol vitamin C, has secured a £950K funding package to fulfil a significant spike in sales.   

Why mask-wearing could be making people shop more healthily

As mask-wearing becomes increasingly 'normalized', is the act of wearing a face covering having an effect on purchasing decisions?

‘Don’t miss out’: retailers urged to engage with new consumer directory

Leading industry organizations HFMA, NAHS and HFI are collaborating on a major new direct to consumer campaign called HealthyDoesIt.

H&B unveils refurbed store in Chelmsford

NPN takes a virtual tour of H&B's refurbished Chelmsford store, which has been restructured to become more efficient, enjoyable and COVID-safe.

COVID pushes Johnson into change of heart on junk food

The PM is preparing to announce restrictions on how junk food is advertised and sold in the UK, in efforts to tackle the nation’s high levels of obesity.

Tune in to Nature with Pukka Herbs and the Natural History...

Pukka Herbs and the Natural History Museum have teamed up to deliver Tune in to Nature, a digital biodiversity-themed family festival.

Greta Thunberg donates €1MN prize money to climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has been awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity after judges described her as ‘one of the most remarkable figures of our days’.

Pukka stops Facebook ads in protest against hate speech and racism

Pukka is among thousands of brands which have joined together to show support for the Stop Hate for Profit campaign by pausing advertising on Facebook.

Tesco links with Loop for plastic waste reduction

After delaying its launch due to coronavirus, TerraCycle has today introduced its zero-waste shopping platform Loop to the UK in a partnership with Tesco.

Face coverings become mandatory in England’s shops

From 24 July it will be mandatory to wear a face mask or covering in shops and supermarkets in England, where social distancing cannot always be maintained.  

Britain needs to ‘grow up’ when it comes to food security

This was the message from Professor Tim Lang at the OFC Bitesize webinar Towards Greater Self Sufficiency, examining the future of food security in Britain.

The COVID-19 masks threatening the lives of whales

Billions of masks and gloves are ending up in the sea during the pandemic, says Ocean Conservancy, warning we're heading for a surge in ocean pollution.