“In 2012, WRAP published Valuing Our Clothes, a pioneering report looking at the environmental impact of the whole journey of clothing, from raw materials and manufacturing, to purchase, use and disposal. The report set the scene for collaborative change through the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP), an industry-wide commitment, convened by WRAP and supported by UK governments. Through SCAP, WRAP has worked with clothing designers, brands, manufacturers, retailers, and re-use and recycling organisations to drive more sustainable production and consumption, and to increase textiles re-use and recycling. Now, five years on, WRAP has updated its evidence base. This new report, Valuing Our Clothes: the cost of UK fashion, looks at the progress that has been made since 2012 and identifies key opportunities for businesses to further reduce the environmental impacts of clothing. It demonstrates the value of collaborative action, showing that SCAP signatories have outperformed the industry, cutting carbon, water, and waste from their businesses. It also outlines new social trends and changes in how we all care for and keep our clothes, showing that, as a nation, we now tend to keep our clothes longer, launder them at lower temperatures and tumble-dry and iron them less.”

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