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28 October 2021

‘Circularity’ is becoming a buzzword in the fashion industry. But what does this actually mean for fashion & textile businesses?

How does circularity fit into wider conversations on sustainable and responsible business, and on reducing the textiles industry’s impact on the environment?

Here, specialists from WRAP demystify what circularity means for fashion & textile businesses by outlining:

• The importance of circularity when developing a robust sustainability strategy;

• Why circularity is key to achieving net zero;

• Actions you can take to embed circularity into your business; and

• The importance of collaboration to accelerate industry wide change.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Report
19 October 2021

Launched in 2012, The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 Commitment (SCAP) set out to radically reduce the carbon, water and waste impact of the UK clothing and textiles industry. At the time, the industry was crying out for a force which would unite brands and retail signatories with the charity sector and recyclers to tackle the environmental costs of clothing.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • SCAP 2020
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • National government and departments
Report
19 October 2021

In the first six months of its existence, Textiles 2030 has recruited over 92 signatories and affiliates, spanning brands, retailers, re-use and recycling organisations from across the fashion and textiles sector.  Textiles 2030 signatories already represent 62% of all clothing put on the market in the UK.  

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • Textiles 2030
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Trade associations
Report
14 October 2021

This event took place on Wednesday 6 October 2021, with full details and session recordings available below.

Countries are preparing for the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching Net Zero by the middle of the century. As the global food system contributes around 30% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, changing the way we grow, process and consume food will be a central plank of delivering a Net Zero future.

The United Nations Food Systems Summit took place in September 2021, outlining the effects of our current food system and what can be done to improve it in a way that delivers benefits to people and planet. To do this, we need to understand where to act across the world, how to deliver change rapidly and - crucially - cost-effectively. The scale of the change needed is monumental.

Co-hosted by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Resources Institute (WRI) and WRAP this online event explored and debated what needs to be done and how. A new report on how to deliver a Net Zero food system for one large economy - the UK, was published on the day of conference: UK Food System GHG Emissions.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • UN SDG 12.3
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Case study
14 October 2021

'Although this is the start of Angus Soft Fruits’ journey with the Roadmap, we have already taken steps to ensure that our operations within the packhouse are as efficient as possible and to minimise our food waste.'

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Fresh produce sector
  • UN SDG 12.3
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Manufacturers
Report
6 October 2021

The 2021 Plastics Market situation report provides in-depth information on the latest economic, market and regulatory trends affecting the capture and recycling of plastics. It explores key developments over the past few years and highlights the challenges and opportunities for the decade ahead.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Collections & recycling
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
Report
6 October 2021

This summary of WRAP research is regularly updated to provide a concise overview of how much food surplus and waste arises in the UK every year, how this has changed over time and what more is required for the UK to achieve national and global food waste reduction targets.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • UN SDG 12.3
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
Report
6 October 2021

Total UK food & drink consumption footprint and pathway to a 50% reduction by 2030. 

New research shows:

  • How food system greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have changed from 2015 to 2019.
  • Where GHG emissions ‘hotspots’ remain in the UK food system (including in supply chains overseas).
  • Priority areas for action in the short term to help achieve the targeted reduction by 2030.

 

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Guide
4 October 2021

WRAP asked Local Authority Officers about training and resource requirements to meet the many challenges proposed in the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy. With the shape of future policy becoming clearer, our recent surveys have demonstrated an appetite for a wide range of support in the form of training, webinars and online resources to help local government officers and members implement the changes that are coming our way.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Service design
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Report
27 September 2021

Highlighting progress made in the third year of the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap:

  • 251,000 tonnes of food worth £365 million saved from waste.
  • 670,000 tonnes of GHG emissions potentially avoided.
  • 145 million meals redistributed.
  • Major opportunities for greater impact remain – industry action focused on Hospitality and Food Service sector and whole chain collaboration.
Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Guardians of Grub
  • Guardians of Grub Becoming a Champion
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Fresh produce sector
  • Dairy sector
  • Bakery sector
  • Ambient foods sector
  • Convenience, chilled foods and frozen
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • Household food waste
  • UN SDG 12.3
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Trade associations
Case study
27 September 2021

Working with suppliers to address food surplus and waste in the fresh produce supply chain.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Fresh produce sector
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • UN SDG 12.3
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
Case study
27 September 2021

'Waste is a problem throughout the whole food supply chain. That's why Waitrose are engaging with our suppliers to reduce food waste in the supply chain.'

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Fresh produce sector
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • UN SDG 12.3
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands