Household food waste rising as restrictions relaxed

The latest UK Food Trends Survey shows that self-reported food waste has rebounded to pre-lockdown levels as restrictions lift, and more food is potentially going to waste in UK homes as life returns to normal. The findings come from Love Food Hate Waste; the campaign delivered by environmental charity WRAP and is a snapshot of the UK’s food behaviours post-lockdown, from the longest-running survey of its kind. Love Food Hate Waste found that during lockdown many more people adopted positive food management behaviours that prevent food from going to waste…

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Walmart Foundation funds cutting-edge food waste trials with WRAP

The Walmart Foundation has awarded nearly US$750,000 to WRAP, the UK’s leading sustainability charity delivering behaviour change interventions (BCIs), to develop new interventions to slash household food waste in the UK and Canada, in a partnership with the National Zero Waste Council in Canada. The UK-Canada partnership will focus on high-impact food waste behaviours and designing new interventions using WRAP’s long track record in behaviour change. Research is underway in both countries, with BCI prototypes to be piloted between March 2022 and 2023. Sarah Clayton, Head of Citizen Behaviour Change at…

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WRAP’s food and drink industry agreement to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

With only a few months until COP26, the UK has taken a bold step forward in reducing the impact food has on the natural world with a number of ambitious changes to its ground-breaking Courtauld Commitment voluntary agreement. The Commitment is already helping the UK food and drink sector to deliver against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 to halve food waste. It will now also be central in achieving and monitoring progress towards Net Zero ambitions and convening action on water stewardship in at-risk food sourcing locations. Foremost…

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Grants support largest annual increase in surplus food redistribution

WRAP, the UK’s leading sustainability charity, has reported a huge rise in surplus food redistribution during lockdown with the equivalent of more than 220 million meals worth of food prevented from going to waste by food businesses through partnerships with charitable and commercial redistributors, helped by funding from UK governments. WRAP’s report ‘Surplus food redistribution in the UK 2015 – 2020’ shows the following: More than 92,000 tonnes of surplus food, worth £280 million – the equivalent of 220 million meals – redistributed in 2020. Total food redistributed between 2015…

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WRAP’s £1 million funding strengthens FareShare across 16 regions

WRAP, a leading environmental charity, has played a key part in helping FareShare double the amount of food delivered during the pandemic. The total funding of more than £1,000,000, provided through the Resource Action Fund and Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant, has supported FareShare in 16 regions across England. These grants ensured vulnerable people had access to much-needed meals at a time of urgent need. “WRAP has been incredible. In the past year, the support has had a direct impact on our capacity to source, store and deliver food. Their…

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