Mercer Review

About Ashley Wragg: I’m Ashley, a recently-qualified European Patent Attorney. I’ve been with Appleyard Lees for four years, working as part of the chemistry team and based in the Leeds office.

Biggest-ever veganuary an increasing demand for plant-based foods

More people than ever before took part in Veganuary in 2020, official figures have shown. Over 400,000 people in Britain ate vegan this January, 150,000 more than in 2019.[1] There is no doubt, the demand for plant-based foods is increasing, driven by multiple forces. Ethical issues surrounding meat production are a factor, whilst consumers are […]

The race to develop the reusable can

Thirty-two percent of the 78m tons of plastic packaging produced annually does not make it to landfill or a recycling centre and is left potentially to flow into the oceans. Despite an increase in recycling, plastic beverage bottles contribute significantly to this global problem. According to a study conducted by The Coca-Cola Company, most plastic […]