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Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 Commitment

An industry-led action plan

What is SCAP 2020?

SCAP 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 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. 

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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

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Coming to the end of an 8 year initiative

SCAP 2020 - Progress and achievements

The 2019 data showed the SCAP 2020 initiative exceeded its target of reducing water use and was 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 made the commitment. 

  • SCAP signatories were industry leading fashion brands, retailers, manufacturers, local authorities, recycling, re-use and waste management companies

  • SCAP supporters were trade associations, academic organisations, researchers, innovators, charities and campaigning groups. 

 

The SCAP 2020 Commitment

Between 2012 and 2020 the SCAP industry targets were 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

Keep on top of new developments with the fashion and textiles business briefing.

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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