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LONDON – A new report from UK charity WRAP that charts the progress of signatories to the SCAP 2020 Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, claims significant reductions in carbon and water use along with waste to landfill per tonne of garments sold in the UK.

However, concerns still remain about the level of overall waste generated by the UK clothing sector ahead of the final two years of SCAP 2020, which was first launched back in 2012. Subsequently, a series of new recommendations to mitigate this impact have been drafted.

“I am delighted by what SCAP 2020 signatories have achieved. Compared with the wider sector they continue to set the bar high for improving sustainable practices,” said Peter Maddox, Director of WRAP, the UK charity which produced the report. “And it’s important that they do because while clothing might only be the eighth largest sector in terms of household spend, it has the fourth largest environmental impact behind housing, transport and food.”

Signatories to the SCAP 2020 initiative include Marks & Spencer, Primark, Next, Arcadia Group, Asos and Ted Baker among others. Eleven retailers and brands involved in this initiative are estimated to be responsible for selling more than half of all UK clothing by volume.

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