The view from WRAP

  • Because it’s worth it!

    By: Peter Maddox, Director of Government Programmes Posted: 21 Sep 2017
    Many of us working in the waste and recycling industry know the economic and environmental value of recycling.  For the rest of the UK public however, it does not appear to be as clear.  That is despite the fact that items recycled from our homes and businesses can go on to have a new lease of life in new things bought and used by UK householders every single day.In our recent consumer...
  • There is a pathway to reduce food loss and waste – now is the time to step up

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 20 Sep 2017
    As a Champion 12.3, I am committed to driving action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food loss and waste by 2030.  It’s an ambitious target, but one as Champions we believe is not only achievable, but essential.Essential because it matters economically, environmentally and sociallyEconomically because the global economy is losing $940 billion every year;...
  • Valuing the environment and customers

    By: Steve Creed, Director Business Programmes Posted: 26 Jul 2017
    In the UK, where around two million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is placed on the market each year, you’d be right to question the environmental impact.  Indeed this growing consumption means that over 1.5 million tonnes of waste EEE (WEEE) was generated in 2015 alone. Unless business models change, increasing population and growing resource scarcity and price...
  • Fashion industry walking the walk

    By: Steve Creed, Director Business Programmes Posted: 12 Jul 2017
    At WRAP we are firm believers that little can be achieved in isolation.  Our vision of a world in which resources are used sustainably is only possible if we come together to make it happen.  That is why we work with governments, businesses and communities, and work to unite people in a common cause.Our latest report into the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry demonstrates...
  • Using resources more sustainably to generate prosperity – a shared vision at #RTF17

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 30 Jun 2017
    What will life be like in the UK 25 years from now, and what are the economic and environmental implications?  It sounds a long time away, but the thing about the future is that the actions of the past can’t be changed once you get there.That’s why at WRAP we’re not waiting for the future – we’re thinking about 2040 now.  And we’re not the only ones.  I was delighted to have the...
  • How moving towards a circular economy can drive productivity

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 21 Apr 2017
    It was good to see resource efficiency as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper. This approach has the potential to deliver significant increases in the UK’s productivity, jobs and growth, as well as carbon and other environmental benefits, which is what I said in WRAP’s response.  In welcoming the current proposals for including resource efficiency in one of the strategy’...
  • Time to unite in the Food Waste Fight: The business case to act and reduce food waste and loss

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 7 Mar 2017
    With one third of all food produced on this planet wasted or lost, food waste is a colossal challenge we can’t afford to ignore.  Neither can businesses, municipalities, and governments afford to ignore our new report, co-authored with the World Resources Institute, on behalf of Champions 12.3.‘The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste’ report finds significant returns for company...
  • Food waste is a battle we can win by working together

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 13 Jan 2017
    “Where there is unity there is always victory,” wrote Publilius Syrus around 46BC.  So this week when we see that progress in reducing UK household food waste has stalled, it doesn’t mean we are losing.  It means we need to unite in the fight against food waste.More people are talking about food waste than ever before, which is great news.  But it isn’t enough.  7.3 million...
  • WRAP Cymru shines the spotlight on Welsh innovation and collaboration at its 2016 conference

    By: Julie Hill, WRAP Chair Posted: 30 Nov 2016
    It was my great pleasure last week to open the WRAP Cymru conference.  Wales has taken an international lead on sustainability through its Well-being of Future Generations Act – the extraordinary and so far unique measure of compelling public bodies to consider the effects of their decisions on generations to come.  The Act provides the wider context for an ambitious Welsh Government...
  • A recipe for people and planet

    By: Steve Creed Posted: 17 Oct 2016
    I’ll admit - I’m a Great British Bake Off fan. In fact, I like baking full stop. Many of us bake for fun or to relax, for special occasions or celebrations. I particularly like baking as a treat for friends, family and loved ones, so care and passion always goes into baking. And I’m not the only one – during the GBBO premier this year, there was a surge in people searching eBay for baking...
  • Going for gold – the race to beat global food waste

    By: Dr Richard Swannell, Director Development Programmes Posted: 26 Sep 2016
    2016 has been a huge year for UK athletes. Scores of sportsmen and women smashed personal bests and brought home an amazing haul of medals from Rio. The Olympic and Paralympic Games showcase the best in the world where skill, training, ambition and action are key to success. Watching the Games I was struck by how these same drivers are essential in another Herculean task that we all face,...
  • It's all about the jeans

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 16 Sep 2016
    If you are going to talk the talk then you need to walk the walk.  That has never been more important than earlier this week when I delivered my first speech as WRAP CEO at RWM, and I decided to wear my Nudie jeans.  I didn’t realise they would cause so much interest on Twitter - although admittedly not quite as much as #RecycleWeek, which was trending at No3! - but I’m delighted they...
  • A golden opportunity awaits

    By: Marcus Gover Posted: 29 Jul 2016
    It may not come as a big shock to learn that Brexit has been one of the most common talking points since I became WRAP CEO. Most people ask me what impact I think it will have on the environment and on the waste and resources industry in particular. Some people have even stated that I am unlucky to be CEO at this time, but rest assured I don’t see it this way. Whilst a UK vote to leave the...
  • Employee number 40 signing off

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 28 Jun 2016
    This is it. After 15 years, 9 as CEO – I bid a fond farewell to WRAP - my baby. Joining was one of the best decisions of my life. Whereas leaving is the hardest decision, because I believe hand on heart that it is the best organisation in the world. It can deliver so much positive change, not just at home, but increasingly on an international stage.It’s something that I hear wherever I go –...
  • The root of the UK’s food waste success story - Courtauld

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin Posted: 16 Mar 2016
    There’s something humbling about seeing a tree which you know carries a story. Fortingall churchyard in Perthshire for example, is home to the famous Fortingall Yew – and at over 3,000 years old, is thought to be the oldest living thing in Britain. It’s amazing to think how many people have come to pass it in their time. Just like the apple tree that grew in my Mother’s garden, it was there...
  • Minimising food waste and food loss - a cause worth championing

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin Posted: 22 Jan 2016
    There is one issue that contributes to 8% of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions. If it were a country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, only behind the USA and China. This same issue, also costs the world $940 billion annually –almost a trillion.   I am talking about food waste, and food loss. A third of all food is either being lost from farm...