UK-based WRAP launches Textiles 2030

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2021-04-27 12:43:06 – United Kingdom

UK non-profit WRAP has launched Textiles 2030, the latest ground-breaking, expert-led campaign that aims to turn the apparel and textiles industry into a climate-neutral and profitable industry fit for the future by using the skills and experience of UK sustainability leaders

Oxfam, Primark, Ted Baker, Next, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Gymshark, Asos, Boohoo, Re-Fashion, The British Fashion Council, and The British Retail Consortium are among the 35 companies that have joined the campaign so far.

The voluntary agreement, which is financed by the government and its signatories, establishes a number of water, carbon, and circular textiles goals to be reached by 2030. Signatories will also participate in national policy consultations with UK governments in order to help influence Extended Producer Responsibility and other important regulatory developments.

Textiles companies can use the Target-Measure-Act strategy to set tough goals, measure impact, and monitor success on a company-by-company basis, as well as against national targets and public reporting.

These objectives would aim to change the UK's make-use-dispose fashion culture to one in which materials are produced sustainably, used for longer periods of time, and then re-used or recycled.

Textiles 2030 environmental goals include lowering the overall carbon emissions by 50%, putting the UK textiles industry on track to reduce global warming to 1.5°C, in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement, and reaching Net-Zero by 2050 at the earliest. And reducing the carbon footprint of new products by 50% and decreasing the overall water footprint of new products sold by 30%. Specific goals would be provided by signatories, who would report back to WRAP on their success.

CEO of WRAP, Marcus Gover said that the textiles sector has been reviewed twice by the UK Parliament in recent years, and UK retail firms are now being urged to take action. Consumers, according to their study, choose long-lasting clothing over disposable apparel. Textiles 2030 aims to transform textiles and build a future-ready fashion industry.

He adds that more than ever, companies must move quickly and effectively. Textiles 2030 signatories must demonstrate their dedication by signing up. Businesses that refuse to participate can be noticed by their lack of participation.

The environment Minister, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rebecca Pow, said that Textiles 2030 is calling for all companies in the textiles industry to unite and play a role in this crucial moment for the world.

She adds that through Textiles 2030, they are seeking your commitment to collaborate with WRAP, like-minded companies, and other collaborators to create a vibrant, prosperous, and circular textiles sector in the United Kingdom. Every CEO should be a part of this effort, in her opinion.

Textiles 2030 is a follow-up to Wrap's Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP), an earlier effort that saw companies reduce their carbon and water footprints significantly over the course of an eight-year period.

The UK’s Textiles 2030, led by WRAP, is the first national partnership of what will become a global network of emerging programs aimed at reducing the environmental effects of clothes.

The Textiles Action Network, which is being created by WRAP and funded by the Laudes Foundation, will oversee this new surge. The project will provide the first-ever ready-to-use strategy for achieving global circular economy apparel goals by coordinated national action. Individual countries can use these programs, which can be customized to their own situation but also directing progress against global goals.

WRAP will establish a series of internationally specific goals in collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the second commitment will be launched in Denmark in summer 2021.

On April 26, a virtual gathering held to commemorate the launch of Textiles 2030, which was moderated by Wrap CEO Marcus Gover, baroness Lola Young, environment minister Rebecca Pow, and head of Wrap Global Richard Swannell. Marks & Spencer, Thrift+, Ganni, and Fashion Revolution were also among the other guest speakers.

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