Sign up to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment sees leading organisations from across clothing sector supply, re-use and recycling working together to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing.

Signatories and supporters of the SCAP 2020 Commitment have pledged to play their part in reducing the carbon, waste and water footprints of clothing they supply or receive in the UK by 15%.

Who can sign up?

There are two levels of sign-up for the SCAP 2020 Commitment, with separate commitments for each level of sign-up.

As part of signing up to SCAP, your organisation agrees to work towards meeting our SCAP targets. The commitments differ between supporters and signatories.


Those actively working in the industry, either selling clothing or collecting and processing used clothes. They have an active role in putting SCAP research into action.

This includes organisations such as manufacturers, retailers, local authorities and waste management companies. 


All signatories agree to take direct action in reducing their carbon, waste and water footprints. 

Starting from a baseline year of 2012, SCAP Signatories have committed to:

  • 15% reduction in carbon footprint
  • 15% reduction in water footprint
  • 15% reduction in waste to landfill
  • 3.5% reduction in waste arising over the whole product life-cycle.

The reduction is measured per tonne of clothing. The carbon and water impacts are measured as footprints over the whole product life-cycle.  


As part of the SCAP commitment signatories and supporters are invited to feedback on their success using the SCAP Footprint Calculator.

Signatories are invited to note quantative actions as well as record and create reports measuring their carbon, waste and water usage (benchmarked against their 2012 figures)

**The SCAP Footprint Calculator will be replaced by the SCAP Reporting Portal in autumn 2016, and provide supporters and signatories with an interactive, online portal to measure their success.

Who has already signed up? – See our signatories >>


Those active influencers who support the ideas and targets of the SCAP commitment but do not directly handle clothing. 

This includes organisations such as trade associations, academic institutions, and non-governmental organisations. 


Whilst supporters are not actively producing goods, their role in furthering SCAP is vital. 

All our supporters agree to further the aims of SCAP by working with signatories to implement best practice and promote their successes. Furthermore, they agree to promote SCAP as part of their working activities, encouraging their clients, consumers and audiences to join SCAP or work toward the SCAP targets. 


Supporters are invited to note quantative actions as part of the reporting aspect of SCAP, such as communications and promotions of SCAP they have undertaken and the results they’ve seen.

Who has already signed up? – See our supporters >>

How could your organisation benefit?

Countless organisations have benefitted from working with WRAP to take a more sustainable approach to their business activities, processes and supply chain relationships. If your organisation wants to action to lower its environmental footprint and see economic benefits, why not download the SCAP sign-up pack and get in touch?

Download the pack >>
Contact the SCAP team >>

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, 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 >>