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1 WRAP conference 18 November 2014

2 Dr Liz Goodwin Chief Executive Officer WRAP

3 Householder product returns costs UK businesses at least £400 million per year. Imagine a world in which: 500kg of gold lost each year in UK WEEE recycling processes. The value of UK household products that could be traded-in and re-used is over £3 billion. Trade-in business models could contribute £1 billion to GDP in the United Kingdom.

4 This is a business opportunity Today is about the action we can take Turning words and ideas into action

5 “An example”, he said, “is a bell calling many to church.” Rajendra Pachauri, Director General - IPCC

6 How do we make our own businesses more resilient in the face of insecure resource supplies? How we can develop products and services which use fewer resources? Today’s challenge:

7 True or false A downloaded version of a video game has a lower carbon footprint than a physical copy. False! Image source:

8 Global fibre consumption is expected to reach 96.4 million tonnes by Textiles 43% of EU clothing fibre is cotton. Cotton has one of the largest water footprints of any crop. More than half of the items we throw away have more than half their useful life left in them. Our wardrobes hold clothing worth £30 billion that hasn’t been used for more than a year. 58% of year olds own unworn items as no longer fit their style or taste.

9 Agreement already 61 signatories and supporters (to date). These account for putting 45% of clothing onto the market, by volume and value. Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) SCAP 2020 targets: 15% reduction in carbon footprint, water footprint and waste to landfill 3.5% reduction in waste arising over the whole product life-cycle

10 Imagine a world in which: Householder product returns costs UK businesses at least £400 million per year. 500kg of gold lost each year in UK WEEE recycling processes. Value of UK household products that could be traded-in and re-used is over £3 billion. Trade-in business models could contribute £1 billion to GDP in the United Kingdom.

11 Imagine a world in which: Householder product returns costs UK businesses at least £400 million per year. 500kg of gold lost each year in UK WEEE recycling processes. Value of UK household products that could be traded-in and re-used is over £3 billion. Trade-in business models could contribute £1 billion to GDP in the United Kingdom.

12 Facts from the electricals sector: Householder product returns costs UK businesses at least £400 million per year. 500kg of gold lost each year in UK WEEE recycling processes. Value of UK household products that could be traded-in and re-used is over £3 billion. Trade-in business models could contribute £1 billion to GDP in the United Kingdom.

13 A selection of our esap signatories: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan

14 Food The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimated that in 2011 roughly one-third of all food produced ended up as waste, worth $750 billion. There is the potential to reduce food waste levels in the UK by 2 million tonnes by 2025 – this could offset around 60-70% of the additional food needed in the UK for our growing population. WRAP’s new ‘Courtauld 2025’ agreement, due to start in 2016, has goals to reduce carbon, water and waste reduction. By 2050, demand for food will have increased by around 60%, creating a challenge for food security.

15 Building WRAP’s business resilience

16 It is unsustainable to plan for the future as we operated in the past. We begin… TODAY Image source:

17 Baroness Scott of Needham Market

18 The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan (esap)

19 LG Video

20 iFixit video

21 Refreshment break

22 Panel debate and Q&A James Murray, Editor Business Green

23 Networking lunch and close


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