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Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 Commitment

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. 

ASOS

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. 

Read our 2012-2019 progress report

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.

Read the guide

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: 

15%
carbon footprint reduction
15%
water footprint reduction
15%
waste to landfill reduction
3.5%
reduction in waste arising over the whole product life cycle

What's next for sustainable fashion in the UK?

Join us on the next journey

Textiles 2030

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. 

Be part of it

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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?

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.

Discover more

The clothing knowledge hub 

New initiatives, processes and technologies which can reduce the environmental impact of clothing

Find out more

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.

More about ECAP

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.  
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