In November 2021, WRAP launched the Water Roadmap with the support of 65 stakeholders and food businesses, embarking on a collective journey to address water risk in our food & drink supply chain. The Roadmap is a key implementation framework for the Courtauld Commitment 2030 water target that 50% of the UK’s fresh food is sourced from areas with sustainable water management.
Young people have revealed concerns that the pathway to Net Zero will exacerbate the class divide, according to new research from Co-op and its charity, the Co-op Foundation. The study explored the views of 16-24 year olds when thinking about the journey to Net Zero, including the risks and opportunities for young people.
Starbucks has announced plans to develop a new sustainability learning and innovation lab at Hacienda Alsacia, in Costa Rica – the company’s global agronomy headquarters for research and development. The lab will serve as a learning hub for employees, students, researchers and industry leaders to innovate and scale sustainable solutions for issues including climate adaption and agricultural economics.
Marks & Spencer has removed ‘Use By’ dates across its RSPCA Assured Select Farms British and organic fresh milk as part of its commitment to halving food waste by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2040. The change, which is being rolled out across all M&S UK stores, will see ‘Use By’ dates on fresh milk replaced with ‘Best Before’ dates.
Asda has announced that it will replace coloured caps with clear caps on all its own label fresh milk, including skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, organic, and filtered milk.
Tesco has confirmed it has now removed more than two billion pieces of plastic from its UK business since the launch of its 4Rs packaging strategy in 2019 (‘Remove, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’). In the last 12 months, the supermarket has identified and removed 500 million pieces of unnecessary plastic.
Tesco will become the first UK retailer to go peat-free on its British-grown bedding plants, in order to significantly lower their carbon footprint. From earlier this year the supermarket started selling only compost that is also completely peat-free.
With estimates that food and drink consumed in the UK is responsible for around 35% of our territorial emissions, climate action NGO WRAP and WWF-UK have joined forces with eight of the UK’s largest retailers to standardise measurement and reporting of GHG emissions from food and drink.
Tesco has announced the completion of its landmark roll-out of LEAF Marque certification, with all of its UK fruit and veg growers now certified to robust environmental standards, working towards whole-farm, continuous improvement in areas including climate resilience, biodiversity, soil health, greenhouse gas emissions, and deforestation.
Sainsbury’s is introducing ‘Taste Me, Don’t Waste Me’ fruit and vegetable boxes in over 200 selected supermarkets across the country, following a successful trial. These boxes will include a variety of surplus fresh fruit and vegetables and will be sold for a lower price to help customers have access to affordable nutritious food.