Researchers from CFPR to take part in Textiles 2030 sustainability action plan

Researchers from the Centre for Print Research will be participating in the Textiles 2030 sustainability action plan which has been described as “the most ambitious ten-year programme for clothing and textiles in the world.”

Textiles 2030 is led by WRAP, the UK’s leading sustainability charity. The initiative harnesses the knowledge and expertise of UK leaders in sustainability to accelerate the whole fashion and textiles industry’s move towards circularity and system change in the UK. Researchers from the centre will work alongside 17 major fashion brands including ASOS, John Lewis, Superdry, Next, Primark, Marks & Spencer and Boohoo, who have also signed up.

Alongside the fashion retailers, 26 reuse and recycle organisations and 20 affiliates are taking part, meaning that the agreement is supported by more than half of the UK market. Nearly 60% of the clothing placed on the UK market (by sales volume) comes from the retailers signed up to Textiles 2030.

The new voluntary agreement builds on the learning and success of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP 2020) and aims to engage the majority of UK fashion and textiles organisations in collaborative climate action.

Signatories will collaborate on carbon, water and circular textile targets, and also contribute to national policy discussions with UK governments to shape Extended Producer Responsibility and other critical regulatory developments.

Partner signatories will work together to achieve the following:

  • Design for Circularity: agree good practice design principles, including durability, recyclability, use of recycled content and minimising waste, and implement them as appropriate to their business model and customer base, to lower the impacts of products placed on market in the UK
  • Implement Circular Business Models: pilot reuse business models as appropriate to their product ranges, share learning, and develop large-scale implementation to extend the lifetime of clothing in the UK – and decouple business growth from the use of virgin resources
  • Close the Loop on Materials: set up partnerships to supply and use recycled fibres for new products, accelerating the commercialisation of fibre-to-fibre recycling in the UK.

The UK’s Textiles 2030 is the first national agreement in what will become a global network of initiatives, under the new Textiles Action Network, to reduce the environmental impact of clothing around the world.

“We are delighted to join Textiles 2030. Textiles 2030 aims to harness the UK’s knowledge and expertise in sustainability to accelerate the whole fashion and textiles industry’s move towards circularity.

Textiles 2030 action plans perfectly fit with our current research activities on a new class of smart and sustainable clothing of natural or recycled materials.

We look forward to working with so many other leading organisations over the ten-year period to contribute towards achieving the targets on carbon, water and circular textiles”

Dr Nazmul Karim, Associate Professor and Theme Lead, New Materials: Towards Sustainable Technologies

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