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WRAP announces strategic partners ahead of Food Waste Action Week

WRAP has announced the names of the first strategic partner organisations committed to the inaugural Food Waste Action Week.

food waste in binAsda, Co-op, M&S and Waitrose are among the 27 strategic partners announced, also including brands Arla, Nestlé, Unilever, food service business Too Good To Go, charity Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and local authority Leicestershire County Council.

Food Waste Action Week will take place from 1-7 March and will be the UK’s first national week of action on food waste.

WRAP has announced the key message of the week will be to raise awareness that ‘Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change’. Food waste has a significant effect on climate change across the world, with it currently contributing to 8-10 per cent of total man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Food Waste Action Week will aim to link organisations across the food supply chain and beyond to stop food going to waste and curb the contribution it makes to climate change.

The Week will also look to get the public involved by inviting them to try reducing their own household food waste to as close to zero as possible. WRAP and partners will share food management tips and techniques proven to help prevent wasting food.

Each day will have a different focus, based on the seven main causes of food being wasted in the home. Daily themes will include food storage and portion planning, creative ways to use up food, and practical steps such as setting fridge temperature correctly.

Following the reveal of 27 strategic partners and 43 supporting partners, WRAP has stated it is keen to invite more organisations to join the week and help spread its key messages.

Marcus Gover, CEO of WRAP, said “Wasting food is a major cause of climate change – it generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the commercial flights in the world.

“We know through our research that the climate change emergency matters to people so this is something we can – and must – act on together. It is time to focus on saving one of our most precious resources instead of generating greenhouse gases producing food that is never eaten.

"I’m delighted to be launching the first UK Food Waste Action Week in March, and to have such strong support from our partners across sectors. Together we will inspire real and lasting change.

“Food Waste Action Week gives organisations a unique opportunity to capture their customers’ attention as part of a national event and help them to play their part in eliminating food being wasted and tackling climate change.”