Wrap, the sustainability charity, wants to revolutionise the way people use natural resources including reducing food waste and packaging.
The group has set out a five-year plan to work with businesses, governments and consumers to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint, water footprint and household waste.
Its goals for the next five years include helping people eat well and waste less; encourage food businesses to reduce resource risks and the impact of food and drink products across their lifecycle; increase the amount of food that is redistributed instead of disposed of and reduce the waste of carbon, water and materials in supply chains.
Warp uses its own research to provide support and advice for businesses looking to reduce waste as well as households, which throw away 4.2m tonnes of food and drink annually – equivalent to six meals a week per household.
Its plan encourages people to adopt three points: re-inventing how products are designed, produced and sold; re-thinking how products are used and consumed; and re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.
Resource management in food and drink is one of the three main areas Wrap wants to make an impact on as well as clothing/textiles and electrical goods/electronics.
WRAP’s five year plan sets out the next step change needed to be undertaken in each of the three priority areas to reduce the impact on the environment and to improve business efficiency.
Dr Liz Goodwin, chief executive WRAP said: “We have a clear five year plan, of where and why we need to take action to create a sustainable future. There is still much to do. WRAP will continue to operate in the way it always has – starting from the evidence and then working in collaboration, at the interface between business, governments and consumers to help facilitate and catalyse the change we require to bring about the resource revolution.”
Wrap said: “We all need to adapt to changing circumstances and shifts in the external operating environment. WRAP has taken its own advice. We have taken action to evolve our future by becoming a charity, diversifying our funding base and embracing more new ways of working. That said, many things about WRAP will remain the same: our mission, our tailored approach, our influential partnerships; ultimately, the dedication of our passionate and expert staff who help ensure positive environmental change happens.
“WRAP is committed to changing the ‘norm’ to achieve a more sustainable economic environment in the areas and countries in which we work. Between 2015 and 2020, WRAP will concentrate on three key areas where collectively we can make the biggest difference: food and drink, clothing and textiles, electricals and electronics, with resource management underpinning them all.”