Sustainable Textiles

WRAP is transforming the way the clothing and textiles industry buys, uses and re-uses textiles and clothing.

The issues: Why sustainable textiles?

The issues

Why sustainable textiles?

In 2014 we released our report “Valuing our clothes” detailing how organisations can reap the economic and environmental benefits of a more sustainable clothing and textiles industry:

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£3-5bn worth of resources could be saved by organisations in the supply chain
10% cut in water, waste and carbon by increasing clothing life by just 3 months
1/3 of the average consumer wardrobe has value, but is no longer used
2/3 of consumers buy second hand, and demand is growing

The benefits are clear...

By reducing carbon, water and waste from the clothing supply chain, organisations can minimise their exposure to resource risk or scarcity, develop fresh revenue streams and gain reputational benefits from reducing their environmental impact.

What is WRAP doing?

WRAP is taking action to unlock these benefits for both organisations and their supply chain.

Our action plan

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) is a collaborative framework and voluntary commitment to deliver industry-led targets for reducing the use of resources in the clothing industry.

Developed by a steering group of major retailers, brands, recyclers, sector bodies, NGOs and charities, SCAP enables organisations at all levels of the clothing and textiles industry to work together to measure and reduce their environmental footprints.

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Guidance on
non-clothing textiles

WRAP has developed a number of resources that organisations can use to create economic and environmental value from re-use and recycling of common commercial and household textiles.

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consumer behaviour

WRAP is encouraging organisations to communicate with consumers about how they use, repair and recycle their clothing, through our Love Your Clothes campaign.

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Working across Europe

Working collaboratively WRAP and partners are creating a circular approach to fashion across Europe through the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP), an EU LIFE project.

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Pioneering new business models

WRAP is pioneering new and innovative Resource Efficient Business Models with its work on REBus, an EU LIFE Project.

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Our work in action...

See what SCAP signatories say about us

Since the inception of the SCAP 2020 Commitment in 2013, WRAP has worked with over 80 organisations to reduce water impacts by 12.5% per tonne of clothing and cut carbon impacts by 3.5% per tonne of clothing.

Keep up to date with our progress...

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How can my organisation take action?

By joining WRAP your organisation can realise the untapped value in the clothing you make, use or sell.

Sign-up to the SCAP 2020 Commitment

Work with WRAP to reduce your carbon, water and waste footprints by signing up as a supporter or signatory of the SCAP 2020 Commitment.

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Visit the
Clothing Knowledge Hub

WRAP's Clothing Knowledge Hub showcases new initiatives, processes and technologies that can reduce the environmental impact of clothing.

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Access WRAP's
Market Situation Reports

Gain the latest market knowledge with our market situation reports, detailing the current state of the commercial textile and fibre markets.

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Read our Sustainable Clothing Guide

Get expert guidance on how to make clothing more sustainable, with WRAP's sustainable clothing guide.

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