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Valuing Our Clothes: The Cost of UK Fashion by Wrap

The report is a pioneering report looking at the environmental impact of the whole journey of clothing, from raw materials and manufacturing, to purchase, use and disposal. Published in 2017 by WRAP.

Photo: Wrap 2017.

The report set the scene for collaborative change through the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP), an industry-wide commitment, convened by WRAP and supported by UK governments. Through SCAP, WRAP has worked with clothing designers, brands, manufacturers, retailers, and re-use and recycling organisations to drive more sustainable production and consumption, and to increase textiles re-use and recycling.

This raport looks at the progress that has been made since 2012 and identifies key opportunities for businesses to further reduce the environmental impacts of clothing. Some of the key findings follow.

“By examining each stage of a garment’s life from production to disposal, WRAP has identified key areas where further focus is required to build on the improvements achieved through SCAP.”

The carbon footprint has been reduced by 700,000 tonnes CO2e through people washing their clothes at lower temperatures, and ironing and tumble drying less frequently, and further savings are possible in this area.

“The amount of clothing in household residual waste in the UK has reduced by 50,000 tonnes since 2012.”

Big environmental savings can be made by focusing on ‘priority products’.

Switching to sustainable cotton continues to present one of the biggest opportunities for clothing retailers and brands; and further progress in this area could meet the SCAP target for water.

With rising global demand for clothing we urgently need to secure new sources of materials and find new markets for used clothing. Fibre to fibre recycling is a key opportunity.

Click here to read the full Report by Wrap, 2017.

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