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DEFRA & WRAP receive prestigious international award

30th January 2013

DEFRA and WRAP have been honoured by the Swedish fashion industry and awarded The 2013 Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel for the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap and Action Plan (SCAP) – a UK initiative that aims to reduce the environmental impact of clothing throughout its lifecycle.

The award highlights the great work already underway in the UK.  It recognises DEFRA and WRAP for their leadership in initiating SCAP, and for demonstrating that government support is crucial if clothing and fashion industries are to respond successfully to global challenges, whilst significantly contribute to solving the great environmental and social challenges of this era.

This international sustainability award was developed by The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA), together with the Association of Swedish Fashion Brands and other partners, in order to promote initiatives within fashion and sustainable development.

DEFRA’s Resource Management Minister, Lord de Mauley, said:

“This award highlights our commitment to make better use of resources to improve economic growth, to reduce carbon emissions and to build a strong and sustainable economy. With 430,000 tons of used clothing thrown away in the UK every year, there is huge potential for both households and businesses to think differently about how we produce, use and dispose of clothes.”

The award was presented to DEFRA and WRAP during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Stockholm, by Lena Ek, Swedish Minister for the Environment.

Jennifer Decker, clothing specialist at WRAP, accepted the award on behalf of WRAP and DEFRA.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that SCAP has been recognised for the difference it’s making, and particularly so on an international level.  We have been working hard with stakeholders throughout the supply chain, and by delivering SCAP through a sector commitment, which we know will be challenging but worth it, it’s going to make a real difference.  But it’s important to point out that all this would not be possible if it were not for the collaborative efforts of our stakeholders, without them agreeing to work together on collective action we wouldn’t be where we are today - we already plan to release new tools and guidance in this area as a result of our work and that’s a really exciting prospect,” said Jennifer.

Michael Schragger, Director of the SFA, said: “The clothing industry is influential and can lead the way towards a more sustainable society.  It is a reality of today’s world that the depletion of natural resources, destruction of the environment and existence of social injustices represent a threat to future economic growth and social wellbeing.  But this new reality also provides the opportunity to transform the way we meet our needs, for the better. Our ambition with the award is to draw attention to the most emphatic initiatives and thus hasten the process.”

The award was presented in conjunction with a workshop at the Museum of Architecture, which focussed on the work of SCAP. Workshop participants included selected entrepreneurs, politicians, policy makers, environmentalists, scientists, investors and others.  They can each, within their regular activities, affect the continuing environmental efforts, as well as initiate collaboration within their sectors. Antonia Ax: son Johnson Foundation for Environment and Development hosted the workshop.

Notes to editors:

Promoters and partners
The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) is an organisation that strives to enhance the work with sustainable development within the clothing industry. SFA recognises the importance of highlighting, rewarding initiatives and empowering leaders with influence to change the industry in a manner compatible with both people and the environment.

Association of Swedish Fashion Brands is an independent membership organization created by and for the Swedish fashion industry with the purpose of gathering, supporting and promoting the Swedish fashion industry. The association works to advance the Swedish fashion industry's business, cultural and academic significance locally as well as globally. One of the association's focuses is the sustainability issue.
Antonia Ax: son Johnson Foundation for Environment and Development is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting scientific research in sustainable development, and to facilitate the practical application of the same. In practice this often means building bridges between researchers and practitioners.

The award and the workshop is also supported financially by Rylanderska Foundation, Growth Agency and the City of Stockholm and is in collaboration with the Museum of Architecture, Mistra Future Fashion and NICE - the Nordic Initiative for Clean and Ethical.

Association of Swedish Fashion Brands is an independent membership organization created by and for the Swedish fashion industry with the purpose of gathering, supporting and promoting the Swedish fashion industry. The association works to advance the Swedish fashion industry's business, cultural and academic significance locally as well as globally. One of the association's focuses is the sustainability issue.

Antonia Ax: son Johnson Foundation for Environment and Development is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting scientific research in sustainable development, and to facilitate the practical application of the same. In practice this often means building bridges between researchers and practitioners.

The award and the workshop is also supported financially by Rylanderska Foundation, Growth Agency and the City of Stockholm and is in collaboration with the Museum of Architecture, Mistra Future Fashion and NICE - the Nordic Initiative for Clean and Ethical.

About SCAP
SCAP is co-ordinated by WRAP and overseen by a Steering Group, consisting of major retailers, brands, recyclers, sector bodies, NGOs and charities, and four working groups.

SCAP, whilst initiated by DEFRA, is now delivered by WRAP on behalf of the English, Scottish and Welsh governments.

SCAP’s ambition is to improve the sustainability of clothing across its lifecycle. By bringing together industry, government and the third sector the programme aims to reduce resource use and secure recognition for corporate performance by developing sector-wide targets.

For more information about SCAP please visit the WRAP website - http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/sustainable-clothing-action-plan-1

About WRAP
WRAP’s vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership to help businesses, individuals and communities improve resource efficiency.

Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

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