New textiles sector sustainability agreement launches

26/04/21. The Salvation Army Trading Company Limited (SATCoL) has signed the UK’s textiles sector voluntary agreement. Textiles 2030 will improve the sustainability of clothing and textiles and significantly reduce environmental impact.

The first major high-street names to join Textiles 2030 include M&S, Dunelm, John Lewis, Next, Primark, Sainsbury’s, Ted Baker, Tesco and The Salvation Army.

They are joined by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Charity Retail Association, Textile Recycling Association, British Fashion Council, The Textile Institute and others.

Over the next decade, the agreement aims to slash the environmental impact of UK clothing and home fabrics. This will be achieved through practical interventions across the entire textiles value chain.

Sustainability goals include halving carbon emissions by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement, achieving net zero by 2050. The aggregate water footprint of new products sold will also be reduced by 30 per cent.

A detailed Textiles 2030 Roadmap has been created by the signatories. This sets out the water and carbon reduction targets, and the key milestones and activities to introduce circularity at scale. These goals will transform the UK’s make-use-dispose fashion culture into one where products are made sustainably, used longer and then re-used or recycled.

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