CIWM becomes supporter of WRAP’s sustainable clothing plan

11 January 2019

CIWM has signed up as a supporter WRAP’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 commitment.

SCAP is a collaborative framework and voluntary commitment to deliver industry-led targets for reducing the use of resources in the clothing industry.

The clothing industry has the fourth largest environmental impact after housing, transport and food, according to WRAP research.

So far over 80 organisations across the UK have made a pledge to hit industry-led targets through the SCAP 2020 Commitment.

Signatories represent 58.5% of UK retail sales by volume and includes a number of collectors, recyclers and charities.

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

Supporters include organisations such as trade associations, academic institutions, and non-governmental organisations. 

WRAP’s online tools in this area include the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan Knowledge Hub, which showcases new initiatives, processes and technologies which can reduce the environmental impact of clothing.

CIWM Senior Technical Officer, Kim Mynard said: “As a supporter, we have agreed to promote and influence the take-up of good practice that help keep clothes out of landfill, increase the re-use and recycling to recover maximum value from used clothing and promote the improved ‘useful life’ of clothing and textiles.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to be involved with the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and input to the Reuse and Recycling Working Group to develop a Roadmap to Increasing the Reuse and Recycling of Textiles in the UK and collaborating with other supporters such as the Textile Recycling Association, Defra, Worn Again, The Scottish Government and many, many more.

“CIWM recently held a workshop at Codsall, Warwickshire to promote the ECAP (European Clothing Action Plan) report ‘Used textile collection in European Cities’ designed to encourage Local Authorities to think of how to collect textiles as part of the requirements of the Circular Economy Package by 2025. The workshop was a great success, with speakers from a number of organisations and a brain storming session in the afternoon to put ideas together to send to Defra to make textiles more sustainable for the future, more details on this are available in CIWM News.

“Watch this space, there will be more events like this and opportunities for CIWM members to be involved in the future.”


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