For five years, leading retailers, brands and organisations from the re-use and recycling sectors, including BIU Group, have been measuring their progress towards targets under SCAP 2020; the voluntary agreement managed by WRAP to reduce the environmental impact of the UK’s clothing sector. Today has seen WRAP’s latest progress report released measuring the impact of changes made by all members against the four targets - 15% reduction in carbon footprint, water footprint, landfill and 3.5% reduction in waste arising over product life-cycle. It has found that the following has been achieved since 2012.
Changes in the fibres used by signatories to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP 2020) commitment have saved as much water, per tonne of clothes sold, as a family of four each taking a bath every day for twenty-nine years would use. That is a 11.9% reduction per tonne of garments as of 2017.
Changes since 2012 under SCAP 2020 have reduced the amount of greenhouse gases emissions, per tonne of UK clothes sold by signatories, equivalent to a car travelling around Britain’s coastline six-times. That is a 17.7% reduction per tonne of garments as of 2017 and exceeds the target at this time.
Waste reduction activities by SCAP 2020 signatories has saved the equivalent to 900,000 pairs of jeans (by weight) - enough for one pair each for everyone working on Christmas Day. That is a 1.1% reduction in waste per tonne.
Progress against the UK landfill targets was reported in 2016 as a 14% reduction and will be re-assessed in 2019 using local authority data.
Despite the good progress against the water and carbon targets, there is still work to do in reducing the waste target ahead of the final two years of SCAP 2020 and WRAP has set out a series of recommendations that signatories need to address, such as improved manufacturing and supply chain processes, increased repair, resale and reuse of clothing, improving laundry behaviour and ensuring that clothing is kept out of the black bag.
You can help make an impact towards achieving these targets, whilst also helping your local charity, by donating your unloved clothes to your local BIU bank which can be found by entering your postcode in our bank locator app at https://biugroup.co.uk/banklocator/
For the full WRAP report visit http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/sustainable-clothing-action-plan-2020-progress-against-footprint-reduction-targets-2012-2017