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Global Goals, National Action

A compelling case for action

As the climate emergency intensifies, and the global textiles industry expands to meet growing demand, the need for faster, effective, collaborative action to reduce our climate impact is greater than ever. In April 2021 WRAP launches the next phase of transformation for UK textiles, focusing on a move away from ‘take, make, dispose’ towards a circular business model.

By adopting a common, globally relevant vision, Textiles 2030 will deliver the UK national roadmap, convening the fashion and textiles sector around priority actions with circularity at the core.

Circular innovation drives sustainable business growth, stimulating the opportunity for UK textiles to secure a leading position in international trade. The time has come to disrupt our take-make-dispose model to transform the way we produce, buy and use textile products.

Textiles 2030 builds on the learnings of SCAP  (Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2012 – 2020) and represents a huge step change in sector collaboration, in pursuit of a more circular, sustainable future for UK fashion and textiles.

What is the signatory commitment?

Signatories commit to playing their part in Textiles 2030 to: 

  • Accelerate progress towards a circular economy for textiles
  • Adopt a transparent approach to Target, Measure, Act, affecting a step change reduction in the impact of textile products placed on the market in the UK
  • Engage customers to buy, use and dispose of clothing and textile products in new ways that reduce climate impact and resource use

by taking direct action on: 

  • Measuring emissions and product circularity
  • Setting targets to reduce impacts and increase circularity
  • Making and implementing an action plan
  • Reporting progress to WRAP annually
  • Taking part in cross-industry working groups to share insights, identify priorities and develop solutions to key issues
  • Influencing consumers to engage in more sustainable behaviour

 

Measurable targets to 2030

Signatories will set individual targets, report on progress and collaborate to deliver group targets at national level, contributing to global priorities for the sector. 

Against a 2021 baseline, each signatory business placing products on the market will work towards the following targets by 2030*:

1.Reduce the aggregate GHG footprint of products sufficient to limit global warming to 1.5oC (40-50%), in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change

2.Reduce the aggregate water footprint of new products sold by 30%

3.Through collaboration, create and deliver a UK-wide Roadmap for Circular Textiles.

Roadmap Ambitions for circular textiles: 

Each signatory business will implement Roadmap actions towards the following Ambitions, which will help reduce waste and achieve the climate target:

  • All products are designed and made to be circular (durable, recyclable and designing out waste)
  • More circular raw material is in new products than linear raw material
  • More products are sold for reuse in the UK than new.

*Target definitions and values are subject to final agreement. Signatories will collaborate to agree milestones, metrics and targets to deliver the Circularity Ambitions and Roadmap, and work with Governments and other stakeholders.