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Greening the UK’s clothing sector: the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)

SCAP is a voluntary initiative managed by WRAP. Aiming to improve the sustainability of clothing across its lifecycle, it brings together industry, government and the service sector to reduce resource use by developing sector-wide targets. Leading clothing sector companies in the UK have pledged to measure and reduce their environmental footprints by signing up to the ‘SCAP 2020 Commitment’

 

Providing consumers with an incentive for collecting and recycling old clothes

Being the leading retailer of clothing, household products and food in the United Kingdom, Marks & Spencer (M&S) started the initiative ‘shwopping’ (swap + shopping) to promote the recycling and reuse of clothes, while also reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Consumers receive a voucher for a discount of £5 upon returning a bag full of old clothes to their local M&S or Oxfam store. Oxfam can then reuse these clothes either by, directly reselling them, reprocessing them into restyled garments or selling them in bulk for secondary uses.

Designing clothes for the fashion sector using sustainable and recycled materials and promoting sustainable consumption

In fashion wear, conscious consumers are becoming increasingly interested in eco-design. Thus, clothes designed using upcycling techniques are at the centre of the company H&M’s sustainability strategy and marketing plan.   

Creation of useful products from waste textile materials in collaboration with corporations and textile designers

Worn Again is a textile upcycling start-up, which works with corporations to develop innovative ways for recycling textile waste and creating new valuable products from the recycled material.

Global Alliance of Waste Pickers

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers supports thousands of waste picker organisations covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.[1] Its goals are raising awareness and providing support in an area which is often forgotten in resources discussions: municipal solid waste treatment in poorer countries.