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3rd February 2021

bio-bean is a WRAP supporting partner

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve signed up as a supporting partner with WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) to actively support implementation of their UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.

What is WRAP?

WRAP is a UK charity working with governments, businesses, and communities to promote the use of resources in a more efficient way and reduce waste generation. They promote and encourage more sustainable resource use through product design, waste minimisation, re-use, recycling and reprocessing of waste materials.

WRAP focuses its efforts in the areas of food and drink, plastic packaging, clothing and textiles, and collections and reprocessing, with the aim of moving demand towards levels that could sustainably be met by the planet.

What is the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap?

Essentially, the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap consists of action milestones for UK businesses to ‘Target, Measure and Act’ on food waste.  Over 250 UK businesses have signed a commitment to the Roadmap and associated ‘Target, Measure, Act’ principles.  We’re proud to be one of them.

According to the United Nations FAO, around a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. This has massive economic, social, and environmental impacts, and in the UK alone more than 10 million tonnes of food is wasted from farm to fork, worth over £20 billion a year.

In response to this crisis, in 2005 the UK launched a series of voluntary agreements, called the Courtauld Commitments, to tackle waste in the food supply chain. The latest agreement, known as Courtauld Commitment 2025, brings together organisations across the food system to make food & drink production and consumption more sustainable. The Commitment aims to identify priorities, develop solutions, and implement changes to cut the carbon, water and waste associated with food & drink by at least one fifth in 10 years.

The global response to the food waste crisis led to UN SDG 12.3, which lays out the goal of halving, by 2030, “per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reducing food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.”

To support both SDG 12.3 and the Courtauld Commitment 2025, WRAP – together with IGD (Institute of Grocery Distribution) and with input from businesses, trade bodies and others from agriculture, production and manufacture, retail and hospitality and food service – led an industry-wide programme of work to develop a roadmap for how the UK food industry will help deliver against these targets.

The Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, UK Food Waste Reduction (FWR) Roadmap Toolkit and other supporting resources are the result of that programme. The toolkit helps food businesses take targeted action to reduce waste in their own operations, their supply chain and from consumers, and enables businesses to measure and report consistently.

Who are the Guardians of Grub?

For hospitality businesses you can kick-start your food waste reduction journey by finding out about the simple principles of ‘Target, Measure, Act’ by visiting WRAP’s Guardians of Grub website. From here you can explore the free resources including Guardians of Grub Cost Saving Skills course to gain the tools, knowledge, and skills you need to take a stand against wasted food.

There’s a further opportunity to join the Guardians of Grub in the UK’s first ever Food Waste Action Week 1-7 March 2021. The aim of Food Waste Action Week is to wake the nation up to the environmental consequences of wasting food. Find out here how you can get involved.

Why does bio-bean support WRAP and the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap?

At bio-bean, rethinking waste is what we do. We demonstrate, by innovating with coffee ‘waste’, that there is residual value yet to be extracted from the resources literally under our nose, and that, with some ingenuity, creativity, flexibility and commitment, we can make far more use of the materials we’ve previously simply discarded.

WRAP envisions a world where resources are used sustainably; a vision we’re fully aligned with. By recycling spent coffee grounds from UK businesses into sustainable bio-products, we’ve proven that spent coffee grounds can be used more sustainably, reducing the impact of waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, displacing the need for virgin and scarce resources and contributing to the circular economy.

A key objective of the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is to have the UK’s largest 250 food businesses measuring, reporting and acting on food waste by 2026. So, by signing a commitment to the Roadmap, we’re committed to helping these businesses do just that.

An easy first step is recycling your business’s spent coffee grounds. If you’re a business based in the UK and you produce high volumes of spent coffee grounds, please get in touch. You could not only save money on your waste disposal costs, but you could also be helping the UK toward a more sustainable future.