Resources

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
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
1 December 2022

Off the starting blocks

Through Textiles 2030, the whole system comes together. Our shared mission is to catalyse the fashion and textile industry’s transformation from linear to circular - drawing on the energy, experience, and innovation of all corners of the sector to drive this change forward.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • Textiles 2030
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
1 December 2022

WRAP’s work on textiles is focussed on improving the sustainability of products, and particularly on reducing the environmental impact of the full life cycle of products, from cradle to grave.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • Textiles 2030
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Case study
9 November 2021

Whistles wanted to approach durability across different aspects of the business, having identified that making garments last longer was important to its customers, the brand and the environment. WRAP and Whistles looked at opportunities to improve the durability of clothing by ensuring customers have a positive experience when visiting Whistles stores, using the website, and when taking their clothes home.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Report
19 October 2021

In the first six months of its existence, Textiles 2030 has recruited over 92 signatories and affiliates, spanning brands, retailers, re-use and recycling organisations from across the fashion and textiles sector.  Textiles 2030 signatories already represent 62% of all clothing put on the market in the UK.  

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • Textiles 2030
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Trade associations
Report
16 September 2021

WRAP works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which resources are used sustainably. Read our April 2020-21 annual review to learn more about our mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Reuse and refill
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Water stewardship
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Guardians of Grub
  • Guardians of Grub Becoming a Champion
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Food date labelling
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Fresh produce sector
  • Dairy sector
  • Bakery sector
  • Ambient foods sector
  • Convenience, chilled foods and frozen
  • Funding
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • Household food waste
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • TRIFOCAL
  • Refresh
  • UN SDG 12.3
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
  • Textiles 2030
  • ECAP
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consistency in collections
  • Service design
  • Communicating with residents
  • Contamination prevention
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Recycling in urban areas
  • HWRCs & bring sites
  • Commercial waste
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Re-use
  • Dry materials
  • Organics
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
  • Market snapshots
  • Gate fees
  • UN SDG 12.5
  • Electricals
  • Product durability
  • Minimising product returns
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use and recycling
  • Circular Economy Fund
  • Public Sector Procurement Support
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
Guide
13 April 2021

Everything you need to know about getting started in sustainable fashion and textiles - from regulation and measurement, to tried and tested strategies for cutting carbon. 

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
Report
23 June 2020

Increasing the utilisation of clothing is a daunting challenge in a world of ‘fast fashion’ and accelerating consumption. Many companies have responded to market demand and competition by reinforcing and enabling ‘fast fashion’ trends. 

But simply selling more new clothes to meet demand in high consuming and fast-growing economies is unsustainable. It puts more pressure on natural and human resources that are already over exploited. It will mean even greater negative impacts on the environment and society. 

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
  • Textiles 2030
  • ECAP
Sector:
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Report
13 December 2019

This summary report explores the achievements of the four year ECAP (European Clothing Action Plan) project, part funded by EU LIFE.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • ECAP
Sector:
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Guide
5 February 2019

Identification of and recommendations to overcome barriers to the development of post-consumer, closed loop clothing recycling in the UK.

Initiatives:
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
Sector:
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Case study
22 June 2017

Working with WRAP, John Lewis identified an opportunity to improve fit consistency, and reduce sampling and product development lead times, for four core men‟s shirts. Bringing quality to life and encouraging sustainable living are core principles for John Lewis. The project aimed to facilitate 'right first time' sampling by creating a set of core blocks for four John Lewis bestselling men's shirts.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers