UK clothing initiative named global leader

30th January 2013

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A scheme led by Defra and Wrap to reduce the environmental impacts of clothing, has been recognised as a global leader in the fashion sector

Wrap and the environment department have been presented with the 2013 global leadership award in sustainable apparel at Stockholm fashion week. The accolade is in recognition for their work in developing and leading the sustainable clothing action plan (Scap).

“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,” said Lord de Mauley, Defra’s resource management minister.

“With 430,000 tonnes 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.”

Launched in 2007, Scap brings together major retailers, including Marks & Spencer and Tesco, fashion brands, such as Nike and Levi’s, and organisations like the Textile Recyling Association and the Better Cotton Initiative, to improve the sustainability of clothing throughout its lifecycle.

The work of Scap focuses on improving the design of clothes to improve resource efficiency and extend product lifecycles, increasing recycling and reuse of textiles and influencing consumers to make more sustainable choices.

At the start of 2013, Wrap confirmed that Scap is to be transformed into a voluntary sector commitment with targets, similar to the Courtauld commitment in the grocery sector.

Jennifer Decker, clothing specialist at Wrap, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that Scap has been recognised for the difference it’s making. 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, is going to make a real difference.”

Decker also confirmed that Wrap will be publishing new tools and guidance for the sector.

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