Press releases

Press release 16 December 2021
  • WRAP has forged a unique industry partnership with Asda and Unilever to help citizens adopt refill and re-use as part of their weekly shop  
  • The research will help combat plastic pollution and drive progress towards reducing plastic packaging; a key target of The UK Plastics Pact
  • WRAP’s newly published Plastics Tracker Report shows two in three (67%) UK citizens say plastic waste is an important issue to them personally but acting on it can be challenging when shopping
Press release 30 November 2021
  • UK Plastics Pact members have reduced problematic single-use plastic items by 46% and reduced the amount of packaging on supermarket shelves by 10% in the period 2018-2020.
  • Recycled content has doubled in two years through Pact action, saving 140,000 tonnes of CO2e.
  • Although in 2021 we’ve seen substantial roll-out of front-of-store collections and investments in recycling plants, much more action is needed to deliver a step change in the proportion of plastic packaging that is recyclable – still sitting at 65%, raising to 70% when including reusable plastic packaging.
  • 70% reduction in components that make packaging hard to recycle such as PVC sleeves.
  • The UK Plastics Pact Annual Report video here.
Press release 23 November 2021
  • 50 leading UK food and drink companies officially support the new Water Roadmap to help deliver the UK’s Courtauld Commitment 2030 water target and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Roadmap to improve quality and availability of water in 20 sourcing areas and work towards the target of sourcing 50% of the UK’s fresh food from areas with sustainable water management.
  • The many supporters include key names such as Asda, Co-op, Coca Cola GB, M&S, Nestle UK & Ireland, Sainsbury’s and Tesco - more organisations are urged to join.
Press release 10 November 2021

Launched in April of this year, Textiles 2030: UK Sustainable Textiles Action Plan has been named the Best Environmental or Sustainable Programme by Corporate Engagement Awards 2021 which recognises innovative partnerships and collaborations.

Press release 9 November 2021

On science and innovation day at COP26, sustainability charity WRAP and UKRI launch a major new UK fund to support projects to reduce the impact of plastics on the environment in India, Chile, Kenya and South Africa.

Press release 3 November 2021

National consumer survey finds 63% of the UK public think businesses should act immediately on climate change

  • 66% of people agree that businesses should do more to help customers reduce their own impact on climate change.
  • 57% think UK food businesses could or need to be doing more to tackle climate change and cut emissions, 61% said the same for textile/fashion businesses.
  • 41% want businesses to be transparent on climate targets so they can be held accountable.
Press release 19 October 2021
  • Success and learnings from the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 Commitment published in legacy report as carbon and water reduction targets are achieved and exceeded.
  • SCAP signatories now using over 100,000 tonnes of more sustainable fibres each year.
  • Brands and retailers with over 60% share of the UK clothing market commit to Textiles 2030 in just six months – first progress report shows how the 92 signatories plan to deliver climate goals and a circular economy.
Press release 13 October 2021

Food waste brand Love Food Hate Waste is delighted to announce the first corporate donors for next year’s Food Waste Action Week (Monday 7th to Sunday 13th March), with supermarket Aldi, online supermarket Ocado Retail, food manufacturers Danone and Dunbia and food service provider Sodexo the first to put their names to the campaign.

Press release 6 October 2021
  • Most comprehensive mapping of the UK’s food & drink carbon footprint ever shows pathway to 50% carbon reduction.
  • Equivalent to 35% of the UK’s total emissions arise from producing and eating the country’s food & drink, including emissions overseas for imported food.
  • Action on food systems by policymakers and the sector is fundamental to delivering the UK’s Net Zero ambitions and reducing our wider global footprint – food & drink is the hidden hero, says WRAP.
  • UK work on GHG emissions could be the blueprint for international action.