Press releases

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.
Press release 27 September 2021
  • 250,000 tonnes a year of food worth £365 million saved from waste.
  • Up to 670,000 tonnes of GHG emissions avoided.
  • Surplus food equivalent to 145 million meals redistributed for people to eat.
  • Major opportunities for greater impact remain – more action focused on hospitality and food service and primary production sectors, plus whole chain collaboration.  
Press release 23 September 2021
  • Behavioural change techniques can nudge nation towards recycling more.  
  • Boots and Radox trials capture bathroom bottles before they’re binned.
Press release 20 September 2021

Invictus Games athlete and TV Presenter JJ Chalmers is partnering with Recycle Now to encourage the nation to ‘Step It Up’ this Recycle Week

  • For further information or to arrange an interview with JJ Chalmers, please contact Rachel Avery rachel.avery@wrap.org.uk, 07540513407


Over half (55%) of UK households put one or more items that could be recycled into the general rubbish – the Week of action asks the UK to be even more brilliant at recycling

UK recycling saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year – national Recycle Week (20th – 26th September)

Press release 14 September 2021

WRAP reports on Meat in a Net Zero world first year results, with progress across all action areas and new supporters in key sectors.

Press release 13 September 2021
  • Appointment cements WRAP’s growing focus on climate change and Net Zero, following Courtauld 2030’s focus on reducing emissions.

Karen Fisher, Special Advisor at WRAP, has been appointed to a pivotal new role as the organisation’s Head of Climate Action Strategy.

Press release 6 September 2021
  • A first Plastics Pact for Asia - collaboration between WWF India and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), supported by WRAP and funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).
  • India generates 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually of which 40% goes uncollected. Nearly half of all plastics used in India is for packaging, mostly single use.
Press release 1 September 2021
  • WRAP identifies a 20% potential increase in profits for UK farms through minimising food surplus and waste.
  • Collaboration with Ribena and their growers unearths much higher levels of blackcurrant waste than previously thought, and opportunities to tackle this.
  • An estimated 3.6 million tonnes of food goes to surplus and waste in UK agriculture, worth £1.2 billion.