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Textiles

It's time to take action

Sustainable fashion and textiles

The textiles sector is a significant contributor to the global economy, creating millions of livelihoods around the world. But global apparel production and consumption continue to rise, and the current ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production and consumption has many negative environmental and social impacts. The industry is criticised for its unsustainable use of water, land, fossil fuels and energy, along with manufacturing processes associated with toxic chemicals, waste and pollution, and unethical labour practices. 

As the world faces the reality of catastrophic climate change, the need for urgent action is paramount. 

WRAP is taking action to transform the way the fashion and textiles industry buys, uses and re-uses textiles and clothing. We are convening the sector for transformational change. Our cross-industry collaborative agreements cut carbon, water and waste from textile supply chains. 

Demand for raw materials is expected to triple by
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An estimated
£140m
worth of clothing is sent to UK landfill each year
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Initiatives and resources to help you take action

Textiles 2030

WRAP’s new ground-breaking, expert led initiative, harnessing the knowledge and expertise of UK leaders in sustainability to accelerate the whole industry’s move towards circularity and system change in the UK.

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Valuing our clothes: the cost of UK fashion

Examining the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry. The report highlights recent achievements in the sector, explores opportunities for businesses, and shares insights on consumer attitudes and behaviour toward clothing.

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Retailer clothing take-back guide

Guidance designed to help retailers, brands and their re-use/recycling partners either set up from scratch, or improve on a clothing take-back scheme.

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An industry-led action plan

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan - SCAP 2020

Read about the success of WRAP’s ground-breaking fashion and textiles sustainability initiative. 

  • SCAP 2020 uses collective action to minimise the environmental impact on our clothes. 

  • WRAP’s voluntary agreement has brought together fashion brands and retailers, charity retailers, textile recyclers and industry experts in long-term collaboration to successfully reduce the water, waste and carbon impacts of clothing. 

  • Since 2012 our pioneering industry-led action plan has delivered positive environmental and economic outcomes for forward-looking UK fashion and textiles organisations at all levels of the industry. 

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Textiles 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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Citizen behaviour change

The Love Your Clothes campaign has been developed together with industry organisations to help change the way the UK consumers buy, use and dispose of their clothing.

Our Love Your Clothes campaign provides a wealth of resources and campaign assets that make this behaviour change possible.   

Love Your Clothes

Inspire and influence your customers to make small conscious changes to reduce the impact of clothes on the environment. Play your part in keeping 336,000 tonnes of used clothing out of landfill in the UK.

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International work

Circular Clothing Action Plan

WRAP are working with partners across the globe to address the gap between talk and action on circular fashion and textiles. We are collaborating at scale to accelerate new business models, ensuring consistency in measurement on circular clothing’s societal and environmental impacts. We are steering governments and businesses towards the right policies that will make the biggest impact so together we can advocate for change.

We are also coordinating national-level activity through the Circular Clothing Action Plan. We are using our award-winning target-based collaborative voluntary agreement approach to influence whole system change in line with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision of a circular economy for fashion.

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Share in our knowledge and expertise

WRAP has a wealth of expertise, research, market reports and data that are freely available for use by the fashion and textiles industry, technologists, academia and interested individuals.

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