UK's largest foodservice firm commits to sustainable seafood pledge
Compass UK & Ireland is the first major food foodservice company to join the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), committing to voluntary codes of conduct regarding the sourcing and labelling of all seafood products.
M&S slashes plastic use in food packaging to cut waste
A major UK supermarket has slashed the amount of packaging used for its popular snacks such as crisps and popcorn by reducing the pocket of air at the top of the bag.
Sustainability megatrends: Realising the business case for sustainable economic growth
edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends culminates with New Climate Economy's programme director Helen Mountford exploring how businesses and governments are developing more sustainable models of economic growth that are fit for the future.
Women's Institute urges supermarkets to do more to cut food waste
The Women's Institute is urging supermarkets to do more to help consumers reduce their domestic food waste, after a survey of its own membership revealed widespread confusion about "best before" and "use by" labelling on packaging.
Innovation must be at heart of food waste fight, industry experts agree
EXCLUSIVE: Open-source innovation will be a central tool to help businesses meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 objective of halving global food waste by 2030, a group of industry experts including the heads of Tesco and WRAP have told edie.
Brands committed to strengthening animal welfare management in supply chains
UK supermarkets Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Waitrose have been listed amongst the best performing businesses for the management and reporting of farm animal welfare, although others have been warned to adhere to best practice as tougher regulations are introduced.
Sainsbury's sees surge in demand for regional food waste campaign
As the spotlight on reducing consumer food waste intensified this week, Sainsbury’s director of corporate affairs Louise Evans has revealed that the supermarket has seen a surge in applications from town and cities to take part in its campaign to tackle household food waste.
Carbon Trust: ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL
How your organisation can reduce its environmental impact through reuse, recycling or recovery
edie explains: Water retail competition
This edie explains: Water retail competition guide provides an in-depth summary of the government-led strategy which will allow all non- domestic water users to switch suppliers of water retail services.
EAC chair trials food waste app with Sainsbury's
Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chair Mary Creagh is among five British MPs that have volunteered to take part in a trial for an innovative new food waste app launched by supermarket giant Sainsbury's.
Sainsbury's announces second stage of food waste campaign
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced the next step in its "Waste less, Save More" campaign, investing £1m into towns and cities across the UK to cut back on food waste.
edie Sustainability Leaders Forum - full programme
No longer a matter of compliance, sustainability is a strategic imperative as investors, NGOs, employees and consumers demand more from organisations. But what does sustainability leadership look like in an uncertain regulatory climate and how will that evolve as business leaders take a critical, long-term view of their growth strategies?
Can 'wonky veg' unite consumers and supermarkets in the food waste battle?
With UK supermarkets struggling to meet impending food waste targets, a new questionnaire reveals that retailers believe consumers are more than willing to turn to wonky veg as a sustainable solution that would be a "clear benefit to all".
Policies, data and imports: tackling the trilemma of collaboration for Britain's retailers
In the wake of some key waste and resource efficiency issues being brought to light within the UK retail sector, edie's Matt Mace speaks to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) about how to drive collaboration in this highly-competitive market as a means to deliver low-carbon, resource-efficient ways of doing business.
Carrier bag data reveals varying approaches to CSR among Britain's supermarkets
With new Defra figures revealing that the 5p plastic bag charge has led to a huge decline in the number of bags being handed out by retailers in England, a closer look at the data reveals a significant difference in the way the charge is now being managed by the country's biggest supermarkets.
EFRA launches food waste inquiry as Europe gears up to tackle supermarket waste
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched a new inquiry to establish the impacts of the seven million tonnes of food waste produced in the UK, as a European-wide campaign to ban supermarkets from throwing away food closes in on a major milestone.
Into the Dragon's Den: A guide to boardroom buy-in on sustainability
In this three-part 'guide to' series for sustainability professionals, edie asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize hidden opportunities on the path to driving green business. First up: the daunting task of getting the board on-board.
Grocery supply chains worth £300m in food waste war, finds WRAP
Grocery retailers and supply chain operators are missing out on a £300m windfall, and the chance to increase supply-chain redistribution streams four-fold, by failing to tackle food waste issues, new analysis from WRAP has revealed.
Sainsbury's set to expand AD scheme to power more stores from food waste
A scheme which sees a number of Sainsbury's supermarkets powered by renewable energy generated from food waste is to be rolled out to a further six stores, after a successful first year saw green gas produce 10% of the retailer's entire national energy consumption.
M&S becomes first retailer to make Responsible Fishing pledge
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has made an industry-leading commitment to support and improve the environmental sustainability of the fishing sector by signing up to the UK's Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS).
10 years to save £20bn: WRAP unveils revamped Courtauld Commitment 'to transform food industry'
The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is today (15 March) urging Britain's food and drink firms to pledge major reductions in food waste and carbon emissions - which could deliver £20bn in savings for the UK economy - through its pioneering new Courtald Commitment 2025.
Food waste: Focus must shift from supermarkets to supply chains
EXCLUSIVE: Food waste campaigners should stop 'beating up the supermarkets' and instead look further up the supply chain at the untapped redistribution potential of thousands of processors and manufacturers, Britain's largest food redistribution charity has said.
Asda puts UK's first supermarket wonky veg box on sale
The UK's first supermarket 'wonky vegetable' box went on sale on Friday, containing enough ugly potatoes and knobbly carrots to feed a family of four for an entire week for just £3.50.
Lidl goes 100% sustainable with bananas
Lidl will only sell bananas that are sourced from farms that are either Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade-certified, the German discount retailer has announced.
Asda uses carrier bag charge to fund social enterprise scheme
Asda has used money it has generated from the carrier bag charge to fund a ground-breaking new scheme in Scotland which aims to increase the availability of supermarket products that have a positive social or environmental impact.
UK consumers waste twice as much food as they think, Sainsbury's finds
British families squander twice as much money on food waste each month as they think they do, according to YouGov research commissioned by Sainsbury's.
Stop the Rot: Skip of food waste arrives at supermarket HQs
A skip full of food waste has been delivered to various supermarket headquarters across the UK, as part of a new campaign supported by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and environmentalist George Monbiot.
Tesco fights war on waste with revamped food donation scheme
UK retail giant Tesco has announced it is donating a further 700,000 meals from its 10 distribution centres to charities in an attempt to reduce the amount of surplus food the company is producing.
Hugh's war on food waste: Are supermarkets doing enough?
Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has gone to war on waste, with a new TV show highlighting the food waste caused by exacting supermarket standards. But the retailers have been quick to tell edie about the steps they're taking to tackle the problem.
UK supermarkets slash food waste by 20,000 tonnes
The UK's leading retailers have banded together to reduce supermarket food waste by 20,000 tonnes over the past year, according to a new report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration
Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.
Sustainability stats: Plastic bag charge in numbers
From Monday (5 October), England will officially adopt the levy currently used by the rest of the UK which charges consumers for the use of single-use carrier bags in shops and supermarkets.
'Game-changers': BT and M&S top FTSE100 on carbon management
Telecommunications giant BT has secured top spot in a report of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100).
Britain's supermarkets step up deforestation efforts with WWF campaign
The 'Big Four' supermarkets, which together account for more than 70% of the UK's grocery market, have pledged to ensure that all timber and wood-based products will be sustainably-sourced by 2020.
UK wastes the most food in Europe
The UK is the worst-performing country in Europe when it comes to food waste, throwing away almost 6kg of food per household every week.
Majority of Brits believe all plastic bags should be biodegradable
The majority of Britons believe all plastic bags should be both recyclable and biodegradable, according to a new YouGov poll.
Morrisons announces new partnership to tackle food waste
Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it is working with charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.
It's not easy being green, according to Britain's biggest consumer panel
Nine in 10 UK consumers care about 'being green', but the same number admit to throwing away food, according to a major new survey carried out by Asda.
UK plastic bag use up again, but single-use charges cut Scottish consumption
Plastic bag use in the UK has increased for the fifth year running, with almost nine billion bags used collectively in 2014, according to data released today (24 July).
'Social supermarket' unites with surplus charity unite to tackle food poverty
A new partnership between Community Shop and the charity Food Cycle is set to prevent even more food waste while providing social benefits to deprived areas.
Invest in cold technology or miss carbon targets, industry experts warn
Industry experts have warned the UK will fail to reach its carbon emissions targets without investment in cold energy generation.
Supermarkets take shared responsibility for food waste crackdown
The UK's three largest supermarket chains and the trade body which represents them have unanimously agreed that more collaboration is needed to redistribute more surplus food to charities.
Tesco to turn surplus food into 70 million meals for charities
Tesco has announced a new plan to cut food waste by handing out tonnes of surplus food to charities at the end of each day.
Rethinking finance in a circular economy
What is the circular economy precisely and is it a trend to stay or a well intended hype? Does it require different business models in order to be successful? And if so, can the financial system finance these models?
Supermarket food waste campaign gathers pace
Almost 130,000 people have signed a petition calling on the UK government to force supermarkets to give unsold food to charities.
edie explains: Building Management Systems (BMS)
A recent edie survey found that 56% of energy managers are focusing on Building Management Systems (BMS) this year - a 9% surge. With this in mind, we've taken a closer look at BMS (and BEMS) to find out what all the fuss is about.
Boris banks on social supermarkets to reduce food waste
London could be set for a wave of 'social supermarkets' that reduce food waste by selling surplus stock at much lower prices than the high street, thanks to £300,000 of new funding from Mayor Boris Johnson.
Wyke Farms: Our green journey
This presentation demonstrates how Wyke Farms identified resource risks in its supply chain and made the changes needed to guarantee operational resilience, with practical examples including costs vs pay-back, business drivers, and lessons learned.
Supermarket fridges kept cool with F1 technology
A technology developed in Formula One racing could revolutionise refrigeration in the UK's supermarkets and convenience stores by drastically reducing the energy needed for cooling.
Courtald Commitment hails greener packaging, increased food redistribution
WRAP's Courtauld Commitment Phase 3 has seen 80% more food being redistributed by retailers and food manufacturers, and a 4.5% reduction of the carbon impacts of packaging in its first year.
MPs urge Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient funding' to help tackle food waste
A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient public funding' for it to maintain momentum in its food waste reduction programmes.
Asda donates carrier bag charge to Scottish community projects
Asda has announced it will be donating £145,000 raised from the mandatory 5p charge for single-use carrier bags (SUCB) to community projects across Scotland through a new Community Capital scheme.
Supermarket food waste: Combined figures revealed for first time
The UK's seven major supermarkets contributed to just 1.3% of all food waste in 2013, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
VIDEO: London's first 'social supermarket' opens to tackle food waste and poverty
Surplus food from the likes of Asda, Tesco and M&S is being resold at heavily discounted prices through a new 'social supermarket' project, which opened its first store in London this week.
MPs urge food industry to increase surplus redistribution
A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to set food retailers and manufacturers a target of doubling the proportion of surplus food they redistribute to food assistance providers and other voluntary organisations to help eliminate hunger.
Supermarkets come together to fight the festive fat
Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. But Sainsbury's and Waitrose are keen for that fat to cause less pain in the drains this year with the launch of a nationwide initiative to reduce sewer blockages and increase recycling of festive feast generates.
M&S Plan A: Product sustainability grows as LED rollout begins
M&S will bring LED lighting to every M&S food hall over the next two years as part of its ongoing Plan A 2020 programme which has given sustainability attributes to 63% of products within the first six months.
Co-op hints at biomass rollout following pilot
The Co-operative has become the latest major retailer to make the switch to biomass with the adoption of the renewable heat system at one of its supermarkets in the Scottish Highlands.
Carrier bag charge: In numbers
On Monday (20 October), Scotland will introduce its levy on single-use carrier bags (SUCB), meaning they can no longer be given away free of charge. To help explain the facts and figures surrounding the levy, edie has compiled a list of carrier bag sustainability statistics.
Closing the loop: Building the environmental supply chain
Globalised business was built on the back of cheap oil, near-unlimited access to resources and a culture of discarding. Companies created highly dispersed globalised sourcing, production and sales footprints. Products and materials criss-crossed the world on their journey from manufacturing to market. Considerations about the environmental impact of this highly extended supply chain model took a back seat to growth.
UK firms make sustainable timber pledge
Tesco, M&S, Homebase and Sky are among a coalition of big businesses that have signed up to a new WWF-UK commitment to use 100% sustainable timber by 2020.