WRAP launches sustainability action plan Textiles 2030

Sustainability charity WRAP has today (26 April) launched Textiles 2030: UK Sustainable Action Plan, which it has called ‘the most ambitious ten-year programme for clothing and textiles in the world’.

Clothing rails in a clothes storeTo date, 17 major brands and retailers, including Asos, Boohoo, New Look, Next and Primark, have signed up to the voluntary agreement, alongside 26 reuse and recycling organisations and 20 affiliates, meaning the agreement is currently supported by more than half of the UK clothing market.

WRAP is hoping that Textiles 2030 will slash the environmental impact of UK clothing and home fabrics through practical interventions along the entire textiles chain.

Marcus Gover, CEO of WRAP, commented: “Textiles 2030 will create a fashion sector fit for the future and lower the environmental impacts of other household textiles.

“This is just the beginning of a decade-long programme and we need more companies to show their commitment to their customers through Textiles 2030.

“With clothing having the fourth largest impact on the environment after transport, housing and food we simply cannot afford for sustainability not to be the next big thing in fashion.”

As part of the launch of Textiles 2030, WRAP has also announced its Textiles 2030 Roadmap, which will direct the actions for Textiles 2030.

The roadmap shows what signatories must do to deliver the target, with key outcomes by the end of 2022, 2025 and 2030.

The main environmental targets are to reduce the aggregate water footprint of new products sold by 30 per cent and to initially cut carbon by 50 per cent, towards a figure sufficient to put the UK textiles sector on a path consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C and to work towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

The roadmap also sets out ambitions for circular textiles in the UK and hopes partner signatories will join forces to work towards designing for circularity, implementing circular business models and closing the loop on materials.

Gover added: “I’ve been impressed by the way business has committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products and striving for net zero. They clearly see this as core to their business models and essential for building back better as they recover from the pandemic. 

“We have been working with businesses to develop Textiles 2030 to drive forward the sector-wide change needed to redress how we use textiles.

“Our research shows that public demand is there for clothes made more sustainably, and not disposable fashion so the time is right for this transformation.”

The UK’s Textiles 2030 is expected to become the first national agreement in what will become a global network of initiatives under the Textiles Action Network, aimed at reducing the environmental impact of clothing around the world.

WRAP will launch its second commitment in Denmark, in partnership with the World Resources Institute, later this summer.