Resources

Report
16 September 2021

WRAP works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which resources are used sustainably. Read our April 2020-21 annual review to learn more about our mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Reuse and refill
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Water stewardship
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Guardians of Grub
  • Guardians of Grub Becoming a Champion
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Food date labelling
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Fresh produce sector
  • Dairy sector
  • Bakery sector
  • Ambient foods sector
  • Convenience, chilled foods and frozen
  • Funding
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • Household food waste
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • TRIFOCAL
  • Refresh
  • UN SDG 12.3
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
  • Textiles 2030
  • ECAP
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consistency in collections
  • Service design
  • Communicating with residents
  • Contamination prevention
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Recycling in urban areas
  • HWRCs & bring sites
  • Commercial waste
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Re-use
  • Dry materials
  • Organics
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
  • Market snapshots
  • Gate fees
  • UN SDG 12.5
  • Electricals
  • Product durability
  • Minimising product returns
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use and recycling
  • Circular Economy Fund
  • Public Sector Procurement Support
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
20 July 2021

Shaping a sustainable recovery.

The Courtauld Commitment Annual Report sets out the progress that has been made by the food and drink sector this year towards achieving the voluntary agreement’s targets and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In yet another turbulent year for food and drink, the sector has continued  to deliver meaningful action on climate change, driving collaboration across the entire food system to measure and reduce food waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water stress.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Water stewardship
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Guardians of Grub
  • Guardians of Grub Becoming a Champion
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Food date labelling
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • Household food waste
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • UN SDG 12.3
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Local Authorities
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Guide
14 April 2021

Awarded projects

These grants will support projects that demonstrate new and proven citizen interventions that will encourage and influence citizens to reduce food waste. The aim of this grant is to support new, behaviour change interventions that encourage citizens to waste less food.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Funding
  • Household food waste
Report
26 March 2021

Our plan for achieving Net Zero.

This report unveils new insights on how resource efficiency and resource sufficiency can cut greenhouse gas emissions. Developed in collaboration with CREDS researchers at the University of Leeds, it offers a clear, practical roadmap which delivers quick wins.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • Household food waste
  • Textiles
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • Re-use
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Product durability
  • Minimising product returns
Sector:
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
26 February 2021
The fourth in a series of reports detailing how UK citizens’ food habits, behaviours and attitudes have changed during 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on citizens’ daily lives, including wide-reaching impacts on food behaviours. WRAP undertook a comprehensive series of four UK-wide surveys – in April, May, September and November 2020 – to understand how it has affected citizens’ food habits, behaviours and attitudes. Each of the surveys were undertaken online with large (4,000+) independent samples of UK adults with responsibility for food shopping and/or preparation.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Household food waste
  • UN SDG 12.3
  • Consumer behaviour
Sector:
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Retailers and brands
  • Trade associations
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
14 December 2020

An investigation into portioned and divisible packaging design options to enable consumers to reduce household meat waste.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Household food waste
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
Report
11 December 2020

To complement the in-depth Love Food Hate Waste cascade sessions provided by WRAP staff, a suite of activities has been developed and evaluated to help more people ‘Save More’ money by wasting less food. The activities have been designed to be fun and informative whilst being really easy to take part in and deliver. This report describes how the activities were developed, piloted and evaluated, working with community organisations and expert reviewers.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Household food waste
Report
11 December 2020

A scoping study to investigate the possible applications of thermochromic inks for household food and drink waste reduction. The report’s focus is on ‘reversible’ thermochromic inks to trigger storage behaviour change at the household level.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Household food waste
Report
11 December 2020

A quantitative survey of householder’s perceptions and behaviour around food and food waste. This report is one strand in a three-strand research project. It examines consumer attitudes and claimed behaviour in relation to food waste, related research involves use of a food waste diary and compositional analysis.

Initiatives:
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Household food waste
Report
11 December 2020

The aim of this project was to increase our understanding of the consumer decision-making processes that result in food being wasted. This initial research, carried out by Ipsos MORI, was qualitative in nature and exploredthe whole life cycle from planning food shopping, through in-store shopping behaviour, food preparation/cooking practices and storage decisions to decisions about how and when to dispose of items. It also addressed issues around kitchen waste collection schemes and the length of time householders would be prepared to store waste.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Household food waste
Guide
11 December 2020

Research from WRAP in 2009 found UK hotels, pubs, restaurants and quick service restaurants disposed of 600,000 tonnes of food waste.

  • Some of this is made up of things like peelings, cores and bones, but the majority is (or once was) perfectly good food. 
  • Little by little all this waste adds up.
  • WRAP research indicates that by not throwing away good food (and diverting food waste  such as peelings, bones etc. to anaerobic digestion) pubs restaurants and hotels in the UK could save more than£720 million a year.
Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Guardians of Grub
  • Guardians of Grub Becoming a Champion
  • Household food waste
Sector:
  • Hospitality and food service
Report
11 December 2020

This report provides estimates of the amount of food and drink waste generated by UK households in 2012. It includes details of the types of food and drink wasted, why it is thrown away, and where the material goes. It updates WRAP’s 2007 estimates of household food and drink waste.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Household food waste
Sector:
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Retailers and brands