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Clothing and textile industries making progress toward net-zero emissions

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2021-10-22 11:56:09 – United Kingdom

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP) final report was recently issued by the UK charity Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as the culmination of eight years of collaborative action by sector leaders. The most significant change made by signatories was a dramatic increase in the usage of more sustainable fibers, which went from near zero in 2012 to over 100,000 tonnes in 2020.

Simultaneously, the progress report SCAP’s successor Textiles 2030, outlines the practical steps already underway in the successor agreement for the sector to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

To lessen the impact of clothing in the United Kingdom, SCAP brought together fashion brands, retailers, charity retailers, textile recycling companies, academia, governments, and other stakeholders.

This ground-breaking, industry-led action plan produced positive environmental and economic results between 2012 and 2020. According to a WRAP press release, the final report shows that SCAP achieved its carbon and water footprint targets, while it struggled to finish the trash component.

Prior to the pandemic, the goal of reducing garments to landfill or cremation by 15% had not been met; the measured reduction of 4% is for 2017.

Due to a lack of recent waste data, progress cannot be mentioned in the SCAP closing report but will be updated in 2022. However, due to the pandemic's influence on collections, reuse, and recycling of discarded clothing, the goal is unlikely to be met by 2020.

The number of annual improvement actions carried out by SCAP signatories has increased by more than tenfold since the agreement was signed. Switching to more sustainable fibers, low-impact dyeing, establishing hiring and repair services, collecting used clothing, planning for longer life, and more efficient manufacture was among the actions taken.

The textiles industry has numerous challenges, including its contribution to global warming and water scarcity. Creating a truly circular economy for textiles is one of the fundamental issues to unlocking carbon savings. Textiles 2030 comprises development streams on long-term design and recyclability, reuse business models, and closed-loop recycling of textile fibers to accomplish this.

Textiles 2030, launched by WRAP in April 2021, is the world's most ambitious program for clothing and textile sustainability. The program will reduce the environmental effect of UK apparel and home fabrics over the next decade by implementing realistic interventions across the entire textiles chain.

There is considerable potential for large-scale change with enterprises responsible for over 60% of UK clothing sales, many reuses and recycling firms, government, and knowledge partners committing to taking action through the WRAP-led voluntary agreement.

In the six months since April, 92 signatories have committed to Textiles 2030. Textiles 2030 signatories account for 62% of all clothes sold in the UK, and they are working towards science-based sustainability targets to reduce their environmental effects.

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