Resources charity WRAP will launch its Textiles 2030 programme on 26 April, a voluntary initiative which will aim to “slash the impact” that textiles have on the environment.
On the launch day, WRAP will unveil the ‘Textiles 2030 roadmap’ which will include targets for water and carbon reduction.
This will sit alongside targets to ensure more clothes are sold for reuse then new and “more circular raw material is in new products than linear raw materials”.
More than 10 brands and retailers including John Lewis, M&S, Next and Primark have signed up to the agreement, as well as 20 textile reuse and recycling organisations.
Marcus Gover, WRAP’s chief executive said: “The UK Parliament has investigated the textiles sector twice in recent years and is now looking at UK fashion companies to act.
“Our research shows that consumers want sustainable clothes not disposable fashion. Textiles 2030 is about transforming textiles and creating a fashion sector fit for the future.
“Brand and retail signatories must show their commitment by signing up to Textiles 2030”
“We need fast, effective action from businesses more than ever. Brand and retail signatories must show their commitment by signing up to Textiles 2030. Businesses who fail to engage will be noticeable by their absence. If your business is not already involved in Textiles 2030, now is the time to sign up.”
According to WRAP, over the next decade, the voluntary agreement will slash the impact that UK clothing and home fabrics have on the environment through practical interventions along the entire textiles chain.
The charity added that the “target-measure-act” approach will be used so that textiles businesses set tough targets, measure impact and track progress on both an individual business basis, and towards national targets and public reporting.
Textiles 2030 environmental targets are:
- Cut carbon by 50%, sufficient to put the UK textiles sector on a path consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change and achieving Net Zero by 2050 at the latest.
- Reduce the aggregate water footprint of new products sold by 30%.
Minister Rebecca Pow, environment minister, department of environment, food and rural affairs: “It is time for businesses across the textiles sector to join Textiles 2030 and play their part at this critical time for the planet.
“Through Textiles 2030 we invite your commitment to work with WRAP, like-minded businesses and other partners towards a thriving, sustainable, circular UK textiles sector. I would like to see every CEO involved in this initiative.”
The agreement comes after WRAP’s SCAP 2020 programme missed its target for waste reduction.
While targets were met for reducing water consumption and carbon, the amount of textile waste being sent to landfill or incineration fell 4% since the 2012 launch, WRAP said, against a target of 15%.