Resources

Tool
14 February 2024

WRAP has developed one of the most comprehensive open-source databases mapping 200 textiles sorters, pre-processors, recyclers, and yarn spinners (who work with recycled fibres), operating within the UK and Europe.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Collections & recycling
  • Collections and sorting
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
11 January 2024

This status report summarises the proliferation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems for the textiles waste stream. 

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Report
14 December 2023

Are people open to the idea of ecolabels?

This report looks at the role that eco-labelling could play in providing citizens with information on the durability, recyclability, and repairability of products, inclusive of home textiles, furniture, and electrical appliances. The research also explores people’s receptivity to using ecolabels, and ultimately, their potential for influencing the products we decide to purchase. 

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Collections & recycling
  • Re-use
  • Electricals
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • National government and departments
Guide
14 November 2023

A summary of USA packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) developments in during 2023.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Food and drink
  • Textiles
  • Collections & recycling
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • National government and departments
Webinar
10 November 2023

The latest Recycling Tracker results from March 2023 were published during Recycle Week 2023. The tracker results demonstrate several key findings about the recycling behaviours of people from across the UK. The annual survey of UK citizens has been running since 2004, it gathers evidence on recycling attitudes, knowledge, and behaviours.

Initiatives:
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Collections and sorting
  • Re-use
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Report
6 November 2023
Initiatives:
  • Textiles 2030
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Guide
26 October 2023

As much as 80% of a textile product’s environmental impact is determined at the design stage. Therefore, the decisions made by design and product development teams have a huge impact on a product’s environmental footprint – from the raw materials used, to how the product is manufactured, the length of time it is kept in use and what happens to it when it is no longer desired or reaches the end of its usable life.

There is a lot to think about, which is why we have created our Circular Design Toolkit - a go-to resource for the fashion and textiles industry.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • Textiles 2030
  • Re-use
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
2 October 2023

Over the last decade, the circular economy has been a huge success story. In the UK it has grown by 20% between 2014 and 2019. 

While roughly equal numbers of jobs are held by men and women across the UK, only 25% of jobs in the circular economy are held by women. This understates and undervalues the role of women who frequently undertake unpaid activities such as volunteering within the sector.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Food and drink
  • Textiles
  • Collections & recycling
Guide
19 July 2023

Circular business models offer a clear pathway for disrupting the fashion and textile industry’s linear operating model.

By increasing the number of times an item is worn and keeping clothing in circulation for as long as possible through services like rental, repair, resale and upcycling, the industry can replace the need for new clothing production and avoid the associated environmental impacts, while remaining profitable and serving the needs of a growing consumer population.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Textiles 2030
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
17 July 2023

From new voluntary agreements in Colombia and Denmark to engaging citizens in 12 countries through Food Waste Action Week, our Annual Report gives an insight into what WRAP was busy working on in 2022/23. 

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Circular Economy Fund
  • Public Sector Procurement Support
  • Food and drink
  • Textiles
  • Collections & recycling
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
27 April 2023

In September 2022, WRAP commissioned online consumer research into the current attitudes and behaviours of UK citizens in relation to home textiles, including what’s influencing consumers to make a home textiles purchase, through what routes are they buying and disposing of home textile items and what are their in-use habits in relation to those items. 

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Textiles 2030
  • Consumer behaviour
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Case study
31 March 2023

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. During the month-long celebration, research has suggested leftover food waste is expected to go up from an average of 2.7 kilograms per person, per day, to 4.5 kilograms.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Household food waste
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • Consumer behaviour
Sector:
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Retailers and brands
  • Local Authorities
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations