Poor food labelling ‘has passed its sell-by date’

A sustainability charity has published new food-labelling guidance to help producers and supermarkets reduce waste. WRAP says insufficient and inaccurate descriptions on packaging are to blame for two million tonnes of food thrown away in the UK each year. It suggests only applying ‘Use By’ dates in cases when safety requires it and says using […]

Green clothing comes into style

Members of a sustainable clothing group have outperformed the rest of the industry in cutting carbon, water and waste. That’s according to a new report from WRAP, which suggests signatories to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) have helped slash the environmental impact of the UK clothing sector. The not-for-profit sustainability organisation’s programme, which aims […]

Nando’s and Boots among firms pledging to cut waste

Nando’s, Boots UK and Iceland Foods are among 30 new firms that have joined an initiative to reduce waste. According to WRAP, the companies that are part of the Courtauld Commitment 2025 represent 95% of the country’s food retail market. They have committed to reduce food and drink waste as well greenhouse gas intensity by 20% […]

New food waste initiative to save Londoners £330m

An initiative which could help Londoners save £330 million a year by reducing food waste has been launched. The ‘Transforming City FOod hAbits for Life’ (TRiFOCAL) project aims to reduce avoidable food waste and increase awareness of more healthy and sustainable eating. The initiative is led by Resource London, a partnership between WRAP and the London […]

Unilever unveils five step plan to tackle food waste

Unilever has launched a plan to cut food waste in the UK. The firm is working alongside charity Hubbub and WRAP to design a ‘Joint Ambition for Zero Food Waste’ programme. It has been developed following a consultation with 240 organisations and builds on public polling conducted with more than 2,000 households. According to the […]

WRAP unveils plans to boost food waste recycling in England

An action plan to boost food waste recycling in England has been unveiled. WRAP’s strategy aims to do that by promoting greater collaboration across the supply chain. It supports local authorities already active in food waste recycling by helping them to cost effectively maximise their food waste collections. It also helps food waste treatment plants play […]

UK could avoid £1.9 billion of food waste

Around 1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK grocery supply chain every year. That’s according to a new report by WRAP which also stated around 1.1 million tonnes could be avoided with potential savings of £1.9 billion. It added around 270,000 tonnes may be suitable for redistribution. If businesses take action to increase […]

UK plastic waste arisings 3.7m tonnes in 2014

Plastic waste arisings in the UK were estimated to be 3.7 million in 2014. That included around 2.2 million tonnes of packaging out of which 1.5 million came from consumers, a report by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has revealed. It stated the largest source of plastic packaging is the grocery retail sector, accounting for […]

M&S and Morrisons among retailers committing to new waste targets

M&S, Morrisons, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are among supermarkets which have committed to new sustainable targets. They have pledge to reduce food and drink waste as well greenhouse gas intensity by 20% each. They will also reduce the impact associated with water use in the supply chain. The supermarkets are among 59 firms and local authorities which have […]

Food sector cuts waste by 80,000

The food industry has reduced waste by 80,000 tonnes against 2012 levels. That’s a 3.9% reduction of carbon emissions, according to new figures released by waste prevention body WRAP. They cover the efforts of retailers such as Asda and Waitrose which have voluntarily signed up to the Courtauld Commitment – a set of targets for slashing waste. The goals include the reduction […]