Press releases

Press release 13 May 2021


  • The range of plastic bags and wrapping currently collected at many supermarkets is soon to expand to include salad bags, crisp packets and biscuit wrappers.
  • Currently only 6% of plastic bags and wrapping are recycled in the UK, while flexible plastic packaging make up a fifth of all plastic packaging put on the market.
  • In store collections to be more prominent and consistent – new guide explains how to take collections nationwide.
Press release 26 April 2021
  • Textiles 2030, the first in a new wave of international sustainable textile agreements, launches today.
  • Major household names join including ASOS, Boohoo, Dunelm, John Lewis, M&S, New Look, Next, Primark, Sainsbury’s, Ted Baker, Tesco and The Salvation Army.
  • WRAP urges business to help change clothes and homeware for good and halve their climate impact in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. 
  • Textiles 2030: UK Sustainable Textile Action Plan – a roadmap to 2030 - is revealed.
Press release 7 April 2021

Ten years to transform textiles – countdown to Textiles 2030

London. Wednesday 7th April 2021

  • Textiles 2030 - the first in a new wave of global sustainable textile agreements.
  • Major high-street names join Textiles 2030 for virtual launch on Monday 26th April - for business and media.
  • ‘Textiles 2030’ Roadmap to be revealed on launch day.
  • WRAP urges business to help change clothes and homeware for good and halve their climate impact. 
Press release 26 March 2021

We are pleased to announce that Claire Shrewsbury has been promoted to Director of Insights and Innovation at WRAP.

Press release 24 March 2021
  • UK could cut CO2e emissions by 100 million tonnes in ten years by using resources more efficiently.
  • Using resources sustainably, extending the useful life of products and preventing waste could save UK GHG emissions on par with annual territorial GHG emissions of UK, France, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium & Austria combined.
Press release 18 March 2021
  • Eighteenth annual Recycle Week announced - Monday 20th – Sunday 26th September 2021
  • First corporate donors named as companies and brands support huge week of environmental action
  • WRAP seeks more corporate support for UK’s Recycle Week
Press release 28 February 2021
  • The UK’s first ever Food Waste Action Week takes place 1-7th March
  • Partnering with Nadiya Hussain, Food Waste Action Week aims to tackle food waste in the home and help save the planet
  • Preventing food going to waste is key to tackling climate change, says UK’s leading sustainability charity WRAP
  • With UK households wasting the equivalent of eight meals a week on average, #FoodWasteActionChallenge will help reduce the amount of food wasted at home
Press release 16 February 2021

In-store take back schemes are expected to undergo a renaissance post-lockdown, as environmental charity WRAP publishes new best-practice guidance to delivering effective retailer-led collection schemes for post-consumer clothes.

Press release 28 January 2021
  • Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change, says WRAP, as momentum grows for UK’s first national week of action on wasting food. 
  • Food Waste Action Week names strategic partners, including Asda, Co-op, Hampshire LA, KFC, M&S, Premier Foods, Sodexo, Unilever and Waitrose & Partners.
Press release 16 December 2020

The European Plastics Pact, which launched in Brussels on 6 March 2020, today publishes the European Plastics Pact Roadmap to direct and drive forward urgent action by the 143 signatories, across 20 countries. This ambitious Roadmap will help signatories develop cross-border connections and share innovations that harmonise and accelerate the Europe-wide development of a circular economy for plastics, and significantly reduce the huge challenge of plastic wastage and littering.