The view from WRAP

  • How to bust the biggest myths about the circular economy

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 12 May 2015
    Dr Liz Goodwin writes for Guardian Sustainable Business dispelling the misconceptions of the circular economy. When China began to emerge as one of the major global economies, the dominance of English as a global business language was challenged by Mandarin. Would this lead to barriers? Apparently not. The reality is, it doesn’t matter what language you speak, as long as it’s the universal...
  • A little less conversation a little more action please

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 2 Mar 2015
    The stage is set once again this week to tackle economic and environmental issues that will affect our futures.The highly anticipated Resource event at the ExCeL is billed to ‘realise the opportunities of a circular economy’, and we have to ensure we do just that. Because opportunity knocks, and failure to answer the call will result in a door slammed shut on the hopes and aspirations of future...
  • The circular economy – it works for Wales

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 24 Feb 2015
    They say actions speak louder than words and this has been illustrated in Wales this week. William Scott, from Bridgend, is a case in point - he has seen the benefits first hand.  His recycling collections business, Scott Waste Management, has recently been able to purchase three new vehicles amongst other items to improve his business. Consequently, revenue is now up 100%, and what’s more,...
  • Preventing history from repeating itself - lessons from Easter Island

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 6 Feb 2015
    Dr Liz Goodwin writes for Guardian Sustainable Business on why we need a circular economyWe hear a lot about how we are running out of resources, but for many people it is hard to visualise. Sometimes I’m asked: “Could it really happen?” The simple answer is yes, it could. And a lot sooner than we might think if change isn’t initiated soon. In fact, we have examples of where it has already...
  • Business leaders will be empowered if they drive sustainability into their business

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 3 Feb 2015
    Are business leaders ready to drive the sustainability movement into their businesses? Dr Liz Goodwin writes for EdieI am often asked the question - are business leaders ready to drive the sustainability movement into their businesses? This also reflects some of our experiences at WRAP - many leaders do seem reluctant to confront the challenges associated with driving sustainability, such as...
  • Best of British

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 29 Jan 2015
    When it comes to food, buying British has once again become the mark of quality, and it’s great to see. Exports of British food are on the rise, and we are even selling tea to China, and cheese to France as Defra Secretary of State, Elizabeth Truss recently said in her interview with The Times. Incredible.Making sure we keep these fine goods from being wasted is still a challenge, but again this...
  • Reflecting on the EU Commission’s decision on the circular economy package

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 16 Dec 2014
    The European Commission made clear this week that it wants to focus its efforts on ‘big things like jobs and growth’, as reported on Letsrecycle.com. All very sensible it would seem and the perfect platform for circular economy to help shape this agenda.Which is why I am surprised and disappointed that the European Commission has dropped the circular economy package proposed by its predecessor...
  • Why charitable status is important

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 8 Dec 2014
    WRAP has experienced some landmark moments over the years, but it’s hard to think of many more significant than confirmation that we are to become a registered charity.Ever since the charity idea was first mooted as part of the long term strategy, I have been clear in how important a step I believe it could be for WRAP, and our work.For me, its importance can be set out in a few steps.Firstly, in...
  • Delivering a Resource Efficient Wales

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 31 Oct 2014
    Yesterday’s buzz in the WRAP Cymru office is on my mind today, for very good reason. Hot on the heels of recent success from the conference, WRAP Cymru is now working on a new partnership with Carbon Trust. We have won two contracts together from the Welsh Government worth over £1 million - to deliver resource efficiency support to Welsh businesses and public sector.  This all falls under...
  • Wales – small nation, big appetite for success

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 16 Oct 2014
    Wales – small nation, big appetite for successToday I’m in Wales, but before I head over to the Cardiff City Stadium for the WRAP Cymru conference, I just want to share with you a couple of astonishing facts.If we were to take all the land required to produce the food we waste in the UK, it would equate to being over 90% the size of Wales. Squandering food in this way just isn’t right, and is...
  • Design for life

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 13 Oct 2014
    As I was reading the cuttings, I was pleased to see how much interest there has been for WRAP’s new Extending the Life of Clothes Design Awards. Pleased, although not surprised. There’s no mystery as to why such an initiative has caught the imagination of so many - I expect we’ve all felt guilty at some point about that item of clothing we’ve bought but never worn. Or the trousers that could have...
  • Extending our global impact on food waste

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 17 Sep 2014
    Just about to head off for RWM and wanted to quickly share some good news that’s emerged overnight, and to offer a sneak preview for what I am going to talk about today. Our campaign, Love Food Hate Waste, has extended its global impact as we have secured a partnership with Metro Vancouver to deliver a food waste minimisation programme. It’s a proud moment for all the team on our Love Food...
  • 50% recycling rate - it's not going to be easy

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 8 Aug 2014
    The recycling rates published this week are disappointing. They support the view that many in the sector have been worrying about for some time – that we look increasingly likely to miss the 50% recycling rate in 2020.We really can’t let this happen. I know there are lots of people out there who care about this. It’s not just about the target, it’s also the valuable resources that are lost from...
  • An important step on road to charity status

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 4 Aug 2014
    WRAP’s members today overwhelmingly backed our plans to apply for charitable status at a special meeting. It was very gratifying to receive this support for such an important step on our road to plan a successful future for WRAP. In the next few weeks, we will be submitting our application to the Charity Commission, outlining our proposals. Our hope is to achieve charity status by the end of...
  • Boosting recycling – opportunity not problem

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 1 Aug 2014
    On my way to work this morning I noticed something. Many houses had their recycling bins outside ready for collection, but many didn’t. It struck me that it’s still not second nature to us to know how and what we can recycle on a daily basis, despite making significant progress in recent years.   Since publishing our report ‘Barriers to Recycling’, we’ve continued to explore this area....
  • Actions speak louder than words

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 29 Jul 2014
    I welcomed the opportunity to give evidence at the first Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on the circular economy, and it was good to see the concluding report 'Growing a circular economy: Ending the throwaway society' and its conclusions. I was struck by the level of recognition for the value of the circular economy, notable in the report’s recommendations.The circular economy is gaining...
  • Future challenges

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 11 Jul 2014
    This week has been a busy one for WRAP. I gave evidence to the Environment Select Committee on waste management, the development of the next stage in our new plan to bring the electricals sector together, the publication of our new intelligence about gate fees...and there’s more happening next week. The week has led me to reflect on a few things.Firstly - this week has reinforced for me...
  • Coming to a city near you!

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO Posted: 24 Jun 2014Comments: 1
    Anyone who has been to London’s famous Borough Market, could not escape the array of fine food on sale from the suppliers. It’s an oasis of fresh ingredients in the heart of the city. But, just like any market, part of what leaves will unfortunately end up in the bin. This is why I’m so passionately behind what’s about to begin this Friday. We will be sending expert chefs to Borough...
  • The circular economy is just the job

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO Posted: 4 Jun 2014Comments: 1
    This week marks ‘Green Week’, the biggest conference on European environment policy, and top of the bill is the circular economy. It is testament to the value now placed on the need to factor circular principles into the way we rethink and redo business. Already at the event, it was interesting to hear DG Environment Karl Folkenberg’s hints about what is to be in the commission’s forthcoming...
  • A European breakthrough

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO Posted: 27 May 2014Comments: 1
    Something happened this week which made me reflect on the way in which some things you work on for a long time, apparently only making slow progress, can finally come through and deliver significant results.The reason for my thinking about this was the publication by the European Commission of the new block exemption under the Environmental Guidelines. The State Aid regulations can seem a bit...