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Transforming textile use and disposal

Tue 20 Jul 2021 | 11:31 am GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

WRAP presented to Products of Change members

Products of Change members had the chance to hear first-hand from WRAP about how its new Textiles 2030 roadmap will transform the way the UK uses, re-uses and recycles textiles. Kate French was joined by Elizabeth Ramsden from WRAP (a global NGO charity working with governments, businesses and individuals to ensure that the world’s natural resources are used sustainably) to talk through its framework for the latest Textiles 2030 initiative at last week’s Products of Change fashion meeting (July 15). Textiles 2030: UK Sustainable Textiles Action Plan is the most ambitious ten-year programme for clothing and textiles in the world. Over the next decade, the voluntary agreement will slash the environmental impact of UK clothing and home fabrics through practical interventions along the entire textiles chain. Textiles 2030 has secured commitment from more than 18 major brands and retailers, 26 re-use/recycling organisations and 21 affiliates. This means that the agreement is supported by more than half the UK market at launch, with nearly 60% of clothing placed on the market (by sales volume) by UK retailers coming under the agreement. Major household names signed up to Textiles 2030 include ASOS, Boohoo, Dunelm, John Lewis, M&S, New Look, Next, Primark, Sainsbury’s, Ted Baker, Tesco and The Salvation Army. The Textiles 2030 Roadmap shows what signatories must do to deliver the targets, with key outcomes by the end of 2022, 2025 and 2030. These actions will transform the UK’s make-use-dispose fashion culture into one where products are made sustainably, used longer and then re-used or recycled. 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.
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