Sustainable Clothing Action Plan

WRAP leads the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP).

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

SCAP is overseen by a Steering Group, consisting of major retailers, brands, recyclers, sector bodies, NGOs and charities, and four working groups: Re-use & RecyclingInfluencing consumer behaviours, Metrics and Design for Longevity.

Leading clothing sector companies have pledged to measure and reduce their environmental footprints and signed up to the SCAP 2020 Commitment. 

Re-use and Recycling group

The group is focused on diverting textiles from landfill by improving collection and separation systems, and developing markets for re-use and recycling. Activity includes:

  • developing systems and initiatives (including consumer communications) for improving collection of clothing;
  • separation of clothing for re-use and recycling, where re-use of clothing is preferred to recycling; and
  • market development for re-use and recycling of clothing and lower material grades.

Key outputs: 

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Influencing consumer behaviours group

The group seeks to influence consumers to take action to reduce the environmental impacts at key points of clothing  - buying, in-use and discard. The group aims to:

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Metrics group

The group aims to agree practical ways to measure and report reductions in Carbon, Water and Waste impacts of UK clothing.  

The group has developed the SCAP Clothing Footprint Calculator. The tool enables companies to assess how actions on garment supply, use and end-of-life can reduce their carbon, water and waste footprints. The tool supports organisations to measure their baseline footprints, identify opportunities for improvement and monitor the results.

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Design for Longevity

Design for longevity is one of the key SCAP initiatives. WRAP research suggests that extending the life of garments by just nine months could make a significant difference on the impact of clothes on the environment

The group looks at aspects from design through to manufacture and testing and trials process improvements that can increase the length of time before a particular garment type fails or is discarded.

The aim is to develop a clothing Longevity Manual to help make the business case for clothing longevity and provide practical guidance on designing, producing and supplying garments with longer life. Key outputs: 

  • Extending the Life of Clothes Award
  • Clothing Longevity Protocol
  • Design for longevity design guidance 
 

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