UK citizens waste 4.5 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten every year, the equivalent of eight meals a week per household. Wasting food costs UK citizens £14 billion annually - or more than £700 a year for a family with children*. Food businesses play an important part in helping households to reduce food waste by ensuring citizens are provided with consistent, clear advice and ‘designing out’ the potential for waste. Join Helen White from WRAP – global NGO and one of the UK’s top environmental charities – to discuss household food waste in the UK, the relationship between packaging and food waste and WRAP’s guidance for food businesses on putting citizen food waste prevention front and centre of products, packs and labels.
Senior Manager SPC, GreenBlue
Olga Kachook is a Project Manager at GreenBlue, where she leads the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging courses and the Composting Collaborative. Her background includesexpertise in compostable materials and packaging, zero waste facility certification, life cycle analysis, and sustainable materials management.Prior to joining GreenBlue, she led corporate sustainability and waste initiatives at World Centric, Etsy, Cascade Designs, and Cascadia Consulting. Olga has a Master of Environmental Management from Yale Universitys School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is certified as a LEED Green Associate and a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor.
Special Advisor - Household Food Waste, WRAP
Helen works with food retailers, manufacturers and brands on engaging with citizens to reduce food waste and is WRAP’s spokesperson on household food waste, appearing on various TV shows and radio programmes. She has played a key role in defining WRAP’s approach to citizen food waste prevention, developing the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and advises WRAP's behaviour change interventions team. She provides advice, guidance and insight to Courtauld 2025 signatories and WRAP partners. She is the recipient of an Outstanding Presentation award from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and chairs its waste prevention Special Interest Group. Helen lives in Northamptonshire, UK with her husband, nine-year-old son and several chickens. wrap.org.uk