Last week, retailers and people alike celebrated Earth day, demonstrating support for environmental protection.
As part of a sustainability proposal drive by the government announced last month, non-profit organisation Wrap (Waste and Resources Action Programme) launched Textiles 2030 – a 10 year voluntary agreement to accelerate the UK fashion and textiles industry’s move towards circularity and system change.
“Textiles 2030 will help drive this transformation, to shift to greater circularity and innovation in the UK – and help in our mission to build back greener from the Covid pandemic,” Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said.
Primark, John Lewis and a host of other retailers have all pledged to reduce their carbon emissions by 50 per cent and reduce the aggregate water footprint of new products by 30 per cent by 2030.
The agreement will target three areas: agreeing good practice principles that focus on durability, recyclability and minimising waste, implementing circular business models, and establishing partnerships to supply and use recycled fibres.
“I’ve been impressed by the way business has committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products and striving for net zero,” Wrap chief executive Marcus Gover said.
“We have been working with business to develop Textiles 2030 to drive forward the sector-wide change needed to redress how we use textiles.”
Here is every retailer who has signed up to the initiative so far:
- Tesco has F&F, it’s own-brand fashion label
- Sainsbury’s has Tu, its own-brand fashion label
Marks & Spencer
Parent company of Poundland, as well as the Pep&Co fashion concessions
- Parent company pf House of Fraser, Jack Wills, Flannels, Sports Direct, Fraser and more
- Parent company of Boohoo, Nasty Gal, PrettyLittleThing, Karen Millen, Oasis, Warehouse, Coast and now Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and Burton