The UKs leading sustainability non-profit aims to transform the fashion and textiles sector into “a climate-neutral and profitable industry that is fit for the future”.
Proposed by WRAP, the Textiles 2030 action plan is a voluntary agreement, funded by its signatories and the government, and sets out a number of carbon, water and circular textiles targets to be met by 2030. Signatories will also contribute to national policy discussions with UK governments to shape critical regulatory developments.
Thirty-five organisations have so far signed up to the action plan, including Ted Baker, Next, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Oxfam, Primark, Gymshark, ASOS, Boohoo, Re-Fashion, The British Fashion Council and The British Retail Consortium. This means that the agreement is supported by more than half of the UK fashion market at its launch. Nearly 60% of the clothing placed on the UK fashion market (by sales volume) comes from the retailers that have signed up to Textiles 2030.
Shared targets for these brands include reducing the aggregate greenhouse gas footprint of new products by 50%, and cutting down the aggregate water footprint of new products sold by 30%. Signatories will also set out individual targets and report back to WRAP on their progress.
WRAP CEO Marcus Gover said “We have been working with business to develop Textiles 2030 to drive forward the sector-wide change needed to redress how we use textiles. Our research shows that public demand is there for clothes made more sustainably, and not disposable fashion so the time is right for this transformation.”
Textiles 2030 is the UK’s first national agreement in what will become a global network of initiatives, under the new Textiles Action Network, to reduce the environmental impact of clothing around the world.