Sustainable Textiles

WRAP is transforming the way the clothing and textiles industry buys, uses and re-uses textiles and clothing.

The issues: Why sustainable textiles?

The issues

Why sustainable textiles?

Our report, Valuing Our Clothes: the cost of UK fashion details the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry and highlights opportunities for business to take action

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1.13 Mt 1,130,000 tonnes of clothing was purchased in the UK in 2016
26.2 Mt CO2e The carbon footprint of clothing in use in the UK was 26.2 million tonnes CO2e in 2016
1kg of cotton is created using an average of 10,000-20,000 litres of water
800,000 t of process waste from the UK clothing demand

The benefits are clear...

By reducing carbon, water and waste from the clothing supply chain, organisations can minimise their exposure to resource risk or scarcity, develop fresh revenue streams and gain reputational benefits from reducing their environmental impact.

What is WRAP doing?

WRAP is taking action to unlock these benefits for both organisations and their supply chain.

Our action plan

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) brings together forward-thinking organisations from across the clothing supply chain to re-invent how clothes are designed and produced; to re-think how we value clothing by extending life of clothes; and to re-define what is possible through re-use and recycling.

Developed by a steering group of major retailers, brands, recyclers, sector bodies, NGOs and charities, SCAP enables organisations at all levels of the clothing and textiles industry to work together to measure and reduce their environmental footprints.

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consumer behaviour

WRAP is helping organisations to communicate with consumers about how they use, repair and recycle their clothing, through our Love Your Clothes campaign.

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Guidance on
non-clothing textiles

WRAP has developed a number of resources that organisations can use to create economic and environmental value from re-use and recycling of common commercial and household textiles.

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Working across Europe

Working collaboratively WRAP and partners are creating a circular approach to fashion across Europe through the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP), an EU LIFE project.

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Pioneering new business models

WRAP is pioneering new and innovative Resource Efficient Business Models with its work on REBus, an EU LIFE Project.

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Our work in action...

See what SCAP signatories say about us

Since the inception of the SCAP 2020 Commitment in 2013, WRAP has worked with over 80 organisations to reduce their environmental impacts. In 2017, SCAP signatories have cut water impacts by 13.5%; carbon impacts by 10.6%; waste impacts arising across the product life cycle by 0.8%, and there has been a reduction in household residual waste by 14%, per tonne of clothing.

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How can my organisation take action?

By joining WRAP your organisation can realise the untapped value in the clothing you make, use or sell.

Visit the
Clothing Knowledge Hub

WRAP's Clothing Knowledge Hub showcases new initiatives, processes and technologies that can reduce the environmental impact of clothing.

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Access WRAP's
Market Situation Reports

Gain the latest market knowledge with our market situation reports, detailing the current state of the commercial textile and fibre markets.

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Read our Sustainable Clothing Guide

Get expert guidance on how to make clothing more sustainable, with WRAP's sustainable clothing guide.

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Case studies

Contact the experts

Contact our industry experts to discuss the ways in which your business can sign up to SCAP and profit from using and making clothing products more sustainably.