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Johnnie Walker whisky will be sold in paper bottles from next year – CNBC

The bottle will be made from sustainably sourced wood.

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Diageo is to roll out “100% plastic free” bottles of Johnnie Walker from next year, the latest example of a major drinks manufacturer attempting to move toward more sustainable forms of packaging.
In a statement Monday, the British firm said the bottle would be paper-based and “made entirely from sustainably sourced wood.”
The bottle’s development is the product of a collaboration between the drinks giant and venture management firm Pilot Lite, which in turn led to the development of a business called Pulpex Limited.
Diageo described Pulpex Limited as a “sustainable packaging technology company” and said its paper bottle was both scalable and plastic free.
“The bottle is made from sustainably sourced pulp to meet food-safe standards and will be fully recyclable in standard waste streams,” the firm, whose other brands include Guinness and Baileys Irish Cream, said.
In addition to bottles for Diageo, Pulpex has set up a “partner consortium” of fast-moving consumer goods, or FMCG, businesses. This includes PepsiCo and Unilever, who are also set to release their own products using the paper bottle technology next year.
In the U.K., awareness of plastic pollution has been raised in recent years by shows such as “Blue Planet II.” Presented by naturalist David Attenborough, the TV show highlighted the shocking impact plastic has on wildlife.
According to statistics from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the U.K. generated 2.26 million metric tons of packaging waste from plastic in 2017, with 46.2% of this either recovered or recycled. 
Diageo is one of several major firms looking to introduce new types of packaging. Last October, Carlsberg released details of two “paper bottle” research prototypes it was working on. In November, Heineken U.K. said it would be getting rid of plastic from its multi-packs by 2021.

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China’s retail sales unexpectedly fall as consumer caution prevails – Fox Business

The reports raised concerns about the fragility of China’s emergence from coronavirus

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China’s retail sales slipped in July, dashing expectations for a modest rise, as consumers in the world’s second-largest economy failed to shake off wariness about the coronavirus, while the recovery in the factory sector struggled to gain momentum.
Asian markets pulled back on Friday following the disappointing set of economic indicators, which raised concerns about the fragility of China’s emergence from coronavirus.
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Uber and Lyft Lose Bid to Keep Exploiting Their Drivers for Just a Little Bit Longer – Gizmodo

On Thursday, a California judge denied motions by Uber and Lyft to delay a previous injunction ordering the ridesharing companies to reclassify their contractors as full-time employees. That ruling goes into effect on August 20, to which the companies had req…

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On Thursday, a California judge denied motions by Uber and Lyft to delay a previous injunction ordering the ridesharing companies to reclassify their contractors as full-time employees. That ruling goes into effect on August 20, to which the companies had requested a 10-day extension in order to attempt an appeal.
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Asian markets muted as traders warily await U.S. stimulus deal – MarketWatch

Nikkei about flat, while stocks fall in Seoul

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Asian markets were little changed in early trading Friday, after stocks fell on Wall Street as the stalemate over a second coronavirus-aid plan continued to fester on Capitol Hill.Sony
6758,
+2.02%
gained in Tokyo trading while SoftBank
9984,
-1.51%
sank, while in Hong Kong, Wharf Real Estate
1997,
+2.16%
rose as HSBC
5,
-0.70%
and PetroChina
857,
fell. Samsung
005930,
-1.19%
declined in Seoul trading.
Asian stocks were muted as U.S. lawmakers political grandst…

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