A world where resources are used sustainably
WRAP was established as a not-for-profit company in 2000; we became a charity in 2014.
WRAP is one of the globe's leading sustainability charities. Based in the UK and with projects around the world we work with businesses, governments, citizens and charities to make the planet a healthier, safer place.
Our evidence inspires action in the areas creating the most waste. We work with like-minded partners to cut waste, promote sustainability and share knowledge to change the planet for the better.
Our four key areas:
Food and drink
Around a third of all food is wasted, a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes. An area the size of China is needed to produce the food that is wasted around the world every year and yet around 815 million people worldwide go hungry.
Food production and consumption are responsible for around 30% of global carbon emissions. By creating space for agriculture, they also contribute to between 60%-80% biodiversity loss through the destruction of natural habitats.
Plastic packaging has a vital role in protecting food, but it consumes fossil fuels and pollutes our oceans.
The world produces 141 million tonnes of plastic packaging a year. Plastic contributes about 1.8 billion tonnes of carbon emissions.
Currently, around a third of all plastic packaging put on the global market annually leaks from collection systems, polluting the environment. And at least eight million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean each year.
Clothing and textiles
The fashion industry is a big part of the global economy – the eighth largest sector in terms of household spent in both the EU and UK.
Consumption of clothing has seen rapid growth globally. It increased by 60-100% in the last 15 years. In addition, the number of times each item of clothing is worn before being discarded is significantly reducing.
The global fashion industry produced around 2.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, equating to 4% of the global total. Cotton production alone accounts for around 20% of the world's insecticides and 10% of all pesticide use, heavily impacting on biodiversity. And an estimated 17-20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing.
Collections and recycling
To help put the world on a trajectory to delivering a Net Zero future we need to accelerate the move to a more sustainable, resource-efficient circular economy.
We need to dramatically increase the amount of material that is re-used or recycled back into the world economy, reducing the reliance on virgin materials.
Looking at entire lifecycles, we help national governments improve their recycling policies and local authorities to deliver better services. We encourage the development of comprehensive collection infrastructure for re-use, repair and recycling which supports the three areas of food, plastic packaging and clothing.
Where we work
We work across six continents on food waste, plastic packaging, clothing and textiles, and collections and recycling.
Our expertise lies in business voluntary agreements, citizen behaviour change, technical support, grants and investments, and policy and insights.
How we work
Our approach is through gathering evidence, collaboration, facilitation and delivery, and evaluation.