Sustainable Action Clothing Plan. MPs have urged major retailers to sign up to a WRAP-run commitment – the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), in an effort to slash the landfilling of waste in the fashion industry, however, eight major retailers still haven’t signed up.
Sustainable Action Clothing Plan – The fashion industry represents a significant part of the UK economy, contributing £28.1 billion to national GDP in 2015, according to the British Fashion Council. The UK’s domestic clothing consumption is around 1.1 million tonnes of clothing per year, with England and Wales sending an estimated 300,000 tonnes to landfill according to Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) brings together clothing retailers, brands, suppliers, local authority representatives, recyclers, charities, trade bodies and the public sector to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing.
More than 80 organisations have pledged to work towards a 15% cut in volumes of waste to landfill between 2017 and 2020 as part of the plan. But the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has revealed that retailers such as Amazon and Asda have not agreed to take part in the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP).
Retailers have been questioned on a range of actions and initiatives, including the use of organic or sustainable cotton and the re-use or recycling of unsold stock. The retailers were then grouped into three categories that reflect their commitment to sustainable fashion and labour market initiatives. The categories are less engaged, moderately engaged and engaged retailers.
Next, Amazon, Boohoo, JD Sports, Missguided and Sports Direct all do not offer textile banks or in-store take-back schemes for old clothing. Arcadia, Asda, Amazon, JD Sports, Missguided and TJX Europe do not use recycled materials in their clothing products.
In the ‘moderately engaged’ group only Arcadia Group and Next are signed up currently to SCAP targets.
Retailers in the ‘most engaged’ group such as ASOS, Tesco and Primark use recycled materials and organic or sustainable cotton in their products, and offer take-back schemes.
EAC Chair Mary Creagh said “it is shocking to see that a group of major retailers are failing to take action to promote environmental sustainability and protect their workers”
“We hope this motivates under-performing retailers to start taking responsibility for their workers and their environmental impact”