Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), 2012

United Kingdom Current 2012

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment sees leading organisations from across clothing sector – supply, re-use and recycling – working together to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing in the UK. The SCAP’s ambition is to improve the sustainability of clothing across its lifecycle. SCAP is overseen by a Steering Group consisting of major retailers, brands, recyclers, sector bodies, NGOs and charities. It has four working groups: Re-use & Recycling, Influencing consumer behaviours, Metrics and Design for Longevity. Leading clothing sector companies have pledged to measure and reduce their environmental footprints and signed up to the SCAP 2020 Commitment. Starting from a baseline year of 2012, SCAP Signatories have committed to: 15% reduction in carbon footprint; 15% reduction in water footprint; 15% reduction in waste to landfill: and 3.5% reduction in waste arising over the whole product life-cycle. The reduction is measured per tonne of clothing. The carbon and water impacts are measured as footprints over the whole product life-cycle. Signatories and supporters pledge to adopt good practice in relevant Action Areas and measure and report annually on outcomes.



Industry sectors covered by the instrument

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Organizations covered by the instrument

All organizations - retail sector

Issuer type

Industry Regulators

Type of instrument

Voluntary Initiative

Mandatory or voluntary


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