The view from WRAP

  • Making food last longer

    By: Peter Maddox; Director WRAP UK Posted: 27 Mar 2020
    We’re all in this together and, in the Maddox household, that’s me, my wife, our 23-year-old son and our 20-year-old daughter – plus Molly the puppy who is a challenge worth a blog on her own.The other day, my daughter and I were peering into the fridge, wondering what to have for lunch, when she held back from grabbing an apple and said, ‘Actually, I think I’ll have the yoghurt as that’s going...
  • Collaboration, commitment and courage. The ingredients we need to tackle food waste and achieve UNSDG 12.3.

    By: Dr Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 12 Mar 2020
    Our global food system is a story of both abundant success and dismal failure.On one side booming crop production and year-round consumer choice. The other of failing harvests, hunger and waste. It’s a business model which no self-respecting CEO would tolerate.The cost to people is enormous. Malnutrition is the biggest cause of ill-health in the world. According to the 2018 Global Nutrition...
  • Innovating for greener packaging

    By: Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK Posted: 24 Feb 2020
    I always enjoy a trip to Birmingham. It’s not difficult to imagine what it must have been like when the city was the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution; the ‘City of a Thousand Trades’ as it was named, where creativity and innovation were treasured and nurtured. It must have been a fantastically stimulating place to be.Not only did it spawn a network of small workshops where specialised and...
  • Supporting the Welsh plastic revolution

    By: Carl Nichols Posted: 18 Feb 2020
    As I was walking along part of Wales’ beautiful coastal path at the weekend, I couldn’t help but be distracted by the rubbish brought in on the tide.  It got me thinking about the type of economy that Wales should have: a circular one where plastic is re-used.  Where discarded plastic containers – for example – don’t become eye sores or landfill waste but become useful products again.To...
  • Great strides from Courtauld signatories on food waste prevention

    By: Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK Posted: 24 Jan 2020
    This blog is about success and I'm proud to highlight it. This week WRAP has published a report outlining the excellent progress that has been made against the Courtauld 2025 agreement’s food waste and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. These are helping the UK meet its food waste target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3. Between 2015 and 2018, annual food and drink waste...
  • How to make the clothing sector fit for a net zero world?

    By: Peter Maddox, Director WRAP UK Posted: 17 Jan 2020
    Before Christmas, I made my pledge to become part of WRAP’s #DonationGeneration. Why? Well, as our Love Your Clothes website says, “Did you know that in the UK around 336,000 tonnes of our unwanted clothing gets thrown away every year? And it’s wreaking havoc on our planet”. To illustrate how bad the problem is, I was recently shown an article in a fashion magazine that praised celebrities’ ‘...
  • Why green money, and why now?

    By: Julie Hill, WRAP Chair Posted: 7 Jan 2020
    On the last day of the last decade, the outgoing Governor of the Bank of England issued a stark warning to the world. He noted that the financial sector had begun to curb investments in fossil fuels, but far too slowly. He said leading pension fund analysis "is that if you add up the policies of all of the companies out there, they are consistent with warming of 3.7-3.8C”. He made it clear that...
  • Shining the spotlight on WRAP Cymru’s Market Development Programme

    By: Carl Nichols Posted: 11 Dec 2019
    I recently prepared a speech about WRAP Cymru’s Market Development Programme, which is in place to increase the supply of, and demand for, products containing recycled content in Wales. I started by writing a list of everything that our dedicated team has been busy doing to facilitate this in collaboration with others. Seeing it all on paper reminded me just how much excellent work is being done...
  • We need investment to process more of our own waste at home

    By: Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK Posted: 8 Nov 2019
    It wasn’t so long ago that investing in renewable energy from sources such as wind, solar or biomass was considered highly speculative. Today they are nailed-on successes delivering affordable energy to UK plc (over one-fifth of it, in fact).In June, we saw a remarkable 18 days (and six hours) without the use of coal-generated power and at the end of September one of our seven remaining coal-...
  • Feeding the world, nurturing the planet: We need to do both

    By: Richard Swannell, Director, WRAP Global Posted: 16 Oct 2019
    The correlation between fixing our dysfunctional, unsustainable and inequitable food system and tackling climate change is clear.In fact, it has become one of the pressing issues of our time. How are we going to feed and nourish a growing population, encourage economic development and tackle climate change at the same time?I’m encouraged to see that the message of this year’s World Food Day is...
  • The role of resource efficiency in reaching ‘net zero’ – a blast from the past

    By: Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK Posted: 11 Oct 2019
    I recently read a fascinating infographic produced by Green Alliance, proposing a step change in the UK’s resource efficiency as one of five policies that could, together, plug the significant gap between our current climate policies and what is needed to deliver the Government’s new ‘net zero’ carbon target by 2050.It reminded me of a report that WRAP produced in 2009, fully ten years ago,...
  • Tackling plastic pollution – my observations following the Recoup Conference

    By: Peter Maddox, Director WRAP UK Posted: 2 Oct 2019
    I was in a very positive mood when I came away from the recent annual Recoup conference. The quality of the debate and the wide range of roles and interests of those taking part really impressed me. As did the excellent turnout and the rigorous chairmanship of broadcaster Tom Heap. A colleague who’d also attended spoke of her optimism at the energy and participation from the audience, challenging...
  • Collaborative Action to Tackle Global Food Waste

    By: Dr Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 27 Sep 2019
    This week – Recycle Week – is always busy for WRAP. This year has been particularly so, as it has coincided with both the publication of the first results of the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap in partnership with IGD and the annual Champions 12.3 gathering in New York. Just one year since the launch of the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap over 150 UK businesses, representing over half the sector,...
  • My first three years at the helm of WRAP – successes against challenging backdrop

    By: Dr Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 2 Aug 2019
    I was watching the commemorations of the first Moon landing recently. I do just about remember watching the actual thing, although I was very small then. Those pictures of the earth from space remind me of what an amazing planet we have. It still blows my mind that it is only our planet that has allowed life to flourish and evolve into the wonderful biosphere that we have. Billions of years of...
  • A sustainable future: how we all need to search our souls to find the solutions – before it’s too late

    By: Peter Maddox Posted: 18 Jul 2019
    Keynote speech delivered by Director of WRAP UK Peter Maddox at the Packaging News Environmental Packaging Summit: London, July 16 2019I was at my son’s graduation yesterday. It’s always a proud moment for any parent. As your child stands on the threshold of their adult life you can sit there thinking you’ve done your job in preparing them for the future.But it made also made me reflect on what...
  • How we can all be Global Food Champions

    By: Richard Swannell, Director, WRAP Global Posted: 19 Jun 2019
    This year’s line-up for the BBC Food Chain’s Global Food Champion illustrates the complex challenge we face in tackling our unsustainable and inequitable global food system. Spiritual leader Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was relaxing after a feast at his temple near Calcutta when he heard a commotion out of his window. Looking out he saw children fighting with dogs over scraps of food. He...
  • How do we keep positive in a doom-laden world?

    By: Julie Hill, WRAP Chair Posted: 11 Jun 2019
    Last year, I was honoured to be invited to join the Speakers for Schools programme. Founded by journalist Robert Peston, the scheme matches speakers from all areas of life with school students of a variety of ages, to great mutual advantage in terms of understanding each other’s agendas. In recent months we have seen the emergence of young people as a powerful voice in the climate and...
  • The UK Plastics Pact One Year On: Foundations are laid; let’s build on them

    By: By Marcus Gover CEO, WRAP Posted: 21 May 2019
    The UK Plastics Pact One Year On: Foundations are laid; let’s build on themAll of us gathered at the launch of The UK Plastics Pact last year  – politicians, business leaders and my colleagues at WRAP - were aware of the unique opportunity we had to redefine our relationship with this material which had become part of our daily lives. And to fix forever the broken plastic packaging system...
  • Resources and waste policy: the need for joined-up thinking

    By: Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK Posted: 17 May 2019
    I had a timely and welcome opportunity this week to set out WRAP’s approach to sustainable packaging – only a day or two after the four government consultations on resources and waste policy closed. I was a witness at the first hearing of The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee’s Inquiry into plastic food and drink packaging. The topic was quite specific, but it raised many of...
  • Food waste is an unpalatable truth we all have to confront

    By: Dr Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 15 May 2019
    In the sunshine of the courtyard at the V&A Museum on Monday a diverse crowd of scientists, business leaders, politicians, councillors, campaigners, academics and restaurateurs gathered to enjoy a feast of leftovers cooked up by a star-studded cast of celebrity chefs. It was the perfect prelude to the ‘Step up to the Plate’ Food Symposium organised this week by the Food Surplus and Waste...