New campaign to clear up citizen confusion on plastics

A new campaign to share the latest evidence and insights on plastics packaging with citizens has been launched today by sustainability not-for-profit WRAP. Clear on Plastics has been designed to give citizens clear information about the complex world of plastics and the environment, helping them to make their own informed choices. For example, it will explain the role of plastic packaging in protecting the products we buy, and demonstrating the balance between the benefits and drawbacks of alternatives. It will also give tips and advice on how citizens can reduce…

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New guidance to address confusion over compostable plastic packaging

WRAP, which leads The UK Plastics Pact, has published new guidance to help businesses make informed choices when considering the use of compostable packaging. Based on the products and infrastructure that are available to packaging designers and specifiers today, the guidance identifies key applications and opportunities for compostable plastic packaging. These are often items which are likely to have food residue on them and could potentially facilitate the recycling of food waste. The key potential uses are: Food caddy liners (and other bags such as carrier bags or fruit and…

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Environmental NGOs express “disappointment” and “concern” over Coca-Cola’s recent advert in joint letter to WRAP

Environmental organisation City to Sea has today sent a joint open letter to WRAP  which is co-signed by 6 other NGO’s including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth to express their collective “disappoint” and “concern” regarding Coca-Cola’s recent ‘Round in Circles’ advertising campaign which attempts to redefine the word single-use. The advert they claim, will “disrupt consumer understanding of what is meant by ‘single use’ packaging” and “sets a dangerous precedent to the industry and poses a real and immediate threat to progress being made on reducing single-use plastic.”  The…

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Londoners reduce food they throw away by 9% with the help of pioneering food project

TRiFOCAL, the project encouraging sustainable food behaviours in London, has announced its results as the three-year initiative comes to an end. The project helped citizens in six London boroughs reduce the amount of good food thrown away by 9% between spring 2017 and spring 2019. Delivered by WRAP, the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), and Groundwork London, TRiFOCAL addressed three message areas relating to food: healthy and sustainable eating, food waste recycling, and food waste prevention. The project has succeeded in its main objective to encourage sustainable food systems…

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New report shows where UK Plastics Pact members stand against targets, and where future challenges lie

WRAP has published its first annual report and baseline data for The UK Plastics Pact, giving a clear indication of members’ starting position towards the four targets, as well as where the biggest challenges lie. The 2018/19 report and data show: 1 billion problematic and unnecessary single use plastic items to be eliminated by the end of 2020 Pact members are over halfway towards all their packaging being recyclable, and the UK is over half-way towards recycling 70% of plastic packaging Members are a third of the way towards an…

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