15/07/19 What is the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (or SCAP)?

The UK government-backed Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), as part of its goal to help over 200 high street fashion brands meet their environmental and corporate social responsibility ambitions, is a collaborative framework and voluntary commitment to deliver industry-led targets for reducing the use of resources in the clothing industry.

SCAP sits within WRAP, who is revolutionising the clothing industry, using collective action to minimise the environmental impact of our clothes. Their industry-led action plan delivers positive environmental and economic outcomes to organisations, by reducing carbon, water and waste through the SCAP 2020 Commitment.

The latest to join is textile recycling enterprise Newlife, who has been running its clothing recycling operation for more than 20 years, turning surplus high street fashion stock including clothes, shoes and handbags into equipment for thousands of vulnerable and disadvantaged children across the UK.

Sheila Brown OBE explained: “Becoming a member of SCAP will enable us to further enhance the way we work with our partners and continue to improve the environmental product management service we provide.”

WRAP encourages all organisations, whether large or small, to consider how they can use our research to reduce their exposure to resource risk or scarcity, discover new revenue streams and gain reputational benefits from reducing their environmental impact.

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan Knowledge Hub showcases new initiatives, processes and technologies that can be adopted to reduce the environmental impact of clothing. From raw materials through to final disposal, learn how you can make a difference and reduce your environmental impact.