New guidance expanding the reach of the UK’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is published today, providing growers with advice on how best to measure food surplus and waste on farm to identify the causes; and help inform where action is needed.
The first regional Plastics Pact – the European Plastics Pact – has launched today in Brussels.
- WRAP, which leads The UK Plastics Pact, launches new citizen awareness campaign on plastics packaging
- ‘Clear on Plastics’ will share the latest insights on complex subjects such as plastic alternatives and bioplastics
- Compostable plastics could be particularly useful for flexible packaging which contains food residue
- Rigid compostable plastic packaging, e.g. cups, generally only beneficial in a ‘closed’ system like an event
- Compostable plastics should be avoided where there is potential for them to contaminate conventional plastics recycling
- Clear labelling for citizens on their disposal is crucial
TRiFOCAL, the project encouraging sustainable food behaviours in London, has announced its results as the three-year initiative comes to an end. The project helped citizens in six London boroughs reduce the amount of good food thrown away by 9% between spring 2017 and spring 2019
- New data shows almost half a million tonne reduction in total UK food waste in just three years – enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall ten times.
- Reducing food waste has saved citizens over £1 billion per year compared to 2015.
- WRAP calls for further action to reduce food waste to help tackle climate change.
The latest data from Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP 2020) commitment signatories, published today, show that improvements in design and manufacture continue to have a positive effect in making our clothes in a more sustainable fashion. However, WRAP’s Textiles Market Situation Report also shows that more items are being disposed of in the residual bin, meaning more end up in landfill or incineration.
- Changes in the fibres used by signatories to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP 2020) commitment have saved as much water, per tonne of clothes sold, as a family of four each taking a bath every day for twenty-nine years would use.
- Changes since 2012 under SCAP 2020 have reduced the amount of greenhouse gases emissions, per tonne of UK clothes sold by signatories, equivalent to a car travelling around Britain’s coastline six-times*.
- Waste reduction activities by SCAP 2020 signatories has saved the equivalent to 900,000 pairs of jeans (by weight) – enough for one pair each for everyone working on Christmas Day.
- WRAP details progress by individual retailers, but says more needs to be done in implementing best practice for packs and labelling to help cut household food waste.
- New guidance to reduce fresh produce waste encourages more to be sold without Best Before dates, and loose.
- Changes could help reduce the UK’s annual food waste bill, including binned fruit and vegetables worth nearly £4 billion.
The latest data and in-depth information about UK plastics recycling and reprocessing is published today by WRAP in an updated Plastics Market Situation Report (last updated in 2016).