WRAP has been selected to be the Secretariat of the recently launched European Plastics Pact, the first regional pact to join the growing global Plastics Pact network.
WRAP is delighted to have supported the development of the South African Plastics Pact; the latest in the global network working together to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution.
Today marks the launch of The Earthshot Prize, the most prestigious global environment prize in history, incentivising worldwide change with a decade of action to repair our planet.
WRAP will trailblaze a new week of action in March 2021 to wake the nation up to the environmental consequences of wasting food.
The inaugural Food Waste Action Week will run from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March 2021, and will bring together organisations from retailers to local authorities, restaurants to manufacturers, and beyond. WRAP will work with a variety of partners to show that wasted food is an issue that affects everyone – and the planet. Wasted food contributes 8–10% of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and roughly one third of food produced around the world is wasted.
- Global food waste report names the UK an exemplar in the growing challenge to hit Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, as Food Waste Reduction Roadmap exceeds 210 businesses.
- More than 60 businesses publicly report food surplus and waste data today, including 54 Tesco suppliers and international growers.
- Sainsbury’s and Waitrose begin first Whole Chain Projects to tackle supply chain food waste under UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
- Burger King UK, McDonald’s UK and Pret A Manger join Roadmap, and new hospitality pilot to inspire food waste champions across the country.
- Latest comparable data shows around 180,000t of food (worth £300 million) saved from becoming waste by Roadmap members.
New stats show the UK cares more about the environment than ever before – nearly 9 in 10 households ‘regularly recycle’
The easing of lockdown measures could see increased levels of wasted food in the UK, warns WRAP.
Research conducted in June 2020 shows that although people have found ways to manage their food better, self-reported waste has increased by 30% compared to the early stages of lockdown.
WRAP is tackling the scourge of plastic pollution worldwide. Our priority is eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastics completely.
Urgent cross-sector action is required to develop a recycling system for soft flexible plastic packaging, like plastic bags and wrapping, according to WRAP.