A forum to tackle the environmental impact of every-day goods has been set up by Wrap in a collaboration with a host of organisations and government.
The Product Sustainability Forum will bring together more than 80 retailers, suppliers, environmental charities, academics and the government to address sustainability issues arising from making and selling products.
The forum will look at greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, water use, reliance on raw materials, product-related waste and packaging with a view to reducing the environmental impact of consumer goods across their life span.
Wrap has set up the forum in response to discussions with industry and governments. It will be chaired by the organisation’s chief executive, Dr Liz Goodwin.
She said: “The scale of the challenge is enormous. For example, the British Retail Consortium estimates that the retail sector alone accounts for around 3.5% of the UK’s carbon emissions, and the retail supply chain, for more than 30%.
“Many companies already measure the environmental impact of their products but until now, this has always been done in isolation, and the methodology and results have not been shared. By working together, we have a real opportunity to minimise the effect our activities have on the planet.”