SCAP 2020 Steering and Working Groups

Industry participation and collaboration is key to the success of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment.

No business works in isolation, and it’s only by encouraging the entire supply chain to act collaboratively, that we can make real, substantial change.

As part of the SCAP 2020 commitment, all signatories have the opportunity to join our SCAP Steering Group or one of our four SCAP Working Groups to influence the goals and targets set-out by the plan.

SCAP Steering Group

The Steering Group consists of major retailers, brands, recyclers, sector bodies, NGOs and charities, who have an influence over the nature of the SCAP 2020 Commitment, the goals it aims to achieve and the areas where these goals can be accomplished.

SCAP Working Groups

SCAP 2020 has four distinct working groups, working in areas related to the main themes of SCAP and the main goals set out by the SCAP Steering Group. Use the menu below to jump to the group that fits your needs: 

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Re-use and recycling >>
Influencing consumer behaviour >>
Metrics >>
Design for extending clothing life >>

Re-use and recycling

The re-use and recycling 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
  • Market development for re-use and recycling of clothing and lower material grades.

Results of group activity to date:

Textile collection guidance for local authorities and partners >>
Re-use potential of household bulky textiles >>
Textile product flow and market development opportunities >>
Washing and drying contaminated textiles >>

Influencing consumer behaviours

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

  • Sharing industry insight into consumer behaviours.
  • Developing the Love Your Clothes Brand and a suite of industry resources to influence consumer behaviours.
  • Communicating (through SCAP members) with consumers to influence behaviours.
Results of group activity to date:

Love Your Clothes >>
Communications resources >>


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

Results of group activity to date:

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.

Reporting for supporters >>
Reporting for signatories >>

Design for Extending Clothing Life

The extending clothing life 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.

Results of group activity to date:

Extending the life of clothes award >>
Guidance on extending clothing life >> 

How can I get involved?

By signing up as a signatory or supporter of SCAP you can influence the way the future of the industry is shaped and gain benefits from being at the forefront of positive, actionable change.

Sign-up to SCAP >>

Where next?

Not ready to take the plunge yet? Don’t worry – if you’re not sure you can make the full SCAP 2020 Commitment just yet, why not take a further look around our textiles knowledge-base and see how WRAP’s free-to-access research can help?

Extending the life of clothing >>
Product selection >>
Consumer behaviour >> 
Resource efficient business models >> 
Re-use and recycling >>