An industry-led action plan
What is SCAP 2020?
SCAP has successfully brought together fashion retailers, charity retailers and textile recyclers to reduce the impacts of clothing consumed in the UK.
From 2012 to 2020 our pioneering industry-led action plan has delivered positive environmental and economic outcomes for forward-looking UK fashion and textiles organisations.
WRAP has convened working groups, helped signatories identify improvement actions, set targets, measured and verified progress and shared expertise and best practice, enabling a significant proportion of the UK textiles industry to reduce the carbon, water and waste impacts of clothing products.
The guidelines, support and tools that SCAP provides makes it a great place for any brand starting their sustainable journey.
SCAP 2020 Final report
“In nine years, we have led the way in sustainable clothing and textiles; providing the evidence base and tools to enable businesses large and small to target, measure and act.”
Marcus Gover, WRAP
Coming to the end of an 8 year initiative
SCAP 2020 - Progress and achievements
The most recent data show the SCAP 2020 initiative has already exceeded its target of reducing water use and is on track to meet its 2020 carbon targets.
Who's signed up?
SCAP Signatories and Supporters
Over 90 organisations representing more than 48% of UK retail clothing sales made the voluntary SCAP Commitment to collectively reduce the impacts of their products. See who's made the commitment.
SCAP signatories are industry leading fashion brands, retailers, manufacturers, local authorities, recycling, re-use and waste management companies
SCAP supporters are trade associations, academic organisations, researchers, innovators, charities and campaigning groups.
The SCAP 2020 Commitment
Between 2012 and 2020 the SCAP industry targets are to achieve:
What's next for sustainable fashion in the UK?
Join us on the next journey
Building on the foundations the SCAP initiative, join us on the next stage of the journey with the sector's newest voluntary agreement - Textiles 2030.
Develop a UK focused, science-based climate strategy with the support and expertise of WRAP working alongside like-minded and progressive industry colleagues.
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Our work in action
The value of sector collaboration
Tara Luckman, ASOS
Knowledge and expertise
How to take action in your organisation?
The clothing knowledge hub
New initiatives, processes and technologies which can reduce the environmental impact of clothing
European Clothing Action Plan
The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) took the principles of the successful UK Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), alongside other successful European programmes, to help develop a pan-European framework to deliver a more sustainable clothing sector. Discover the many free resources available.
SCAP legacy and influence
As the 8 years of SCAP draw to a close, the UK fashion and textiles industry has demonstrated that it is possible to make significant progress.
SCAP may be concluding, but its momentum continues. As the climate emergency intensifies, and the global textiles industry expands, the need for faster, effective, collaborative action on climate change is greater than ever.
WRAP is already developing the next phase of transformation for UK textiles.
What's next for sustainable fashion in the UK?
"Fashion shouldn’t cost the Earth, but it is on track to consume a quarter of our carbon budget by 2050. The industry has a responsibility to set out how it will be a net-zero carbon emitter." Mary Creagh, Chair, Environmental Audit Select Committee 2019
The UK Government has agreed an ambitious target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the Textiles Sector needs to be ready to play its part in a cleaner, greener form of economic growth.
COVID-19 has damaged the economy, with many fashion and textiles businesses struggling. But despite the tough economic climate, brands and retailers are still demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, seeing it as key to business success in the next decade. Across the industry we see new business models, tech innovations, materials research and an upsurge of interest in lease hire, re-use, re-cycling and the circular economy.
WRAP’s new voluntary agreement will harness this energy along with the knowledge and experience gained from SCAP. The new agreement will bring the whole UK fashion and textile sector together to share knowledge, influence government policy and fast-track circularity – with a focus on hitting the UN’s 2030 climate targets.
Explore our latest research
Examines the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry.
It highlights recent achievements in the sector, explores opportunities for businesses, and shares insights on consumer attitudes and behaviour toward clothing.
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