Off the starting blocks

Through Textiles 2030, the whole system comes together. Our shared mission is to catalyse the fashion and textile industry’s transformation from linear to circular - drawing on the energy, experience, and innovation of all corners of the sector to drive this change forward.

In just over a year and a half since the inception of Textiles 2030, more than 110 businesses and organisations, representing over 62% of all clothing products placed on the UK market, have signed up to come on this journey with us. Together we have committed to:

Reduce the aggregate greenhouse gas footprint of new products by 50%
Reduce the aggregate water footprint of new products sold by 30%

Measurement and innovation are core to delivering on these targets, and in line with our Roadmap ambitions, we have been working with signatories to gather the evidence and collect the data needed to inform our understanding of where the industry is at now, at the beginning of the agreement.

A tale of two halves

Our Textiles 2030 Annual Progress Report 2021/22 sets out the baseline for Textiles 2030, based on our signatories’ combined carbon and water footprints in 2019 and shares the results from our signatories’ first year of reporting in 2021 – both of which are crucial for bringing to life the scale of the challenge we need to collectively overcome, enabling us to track progress over the next eight years and empowering signatories to carry out action in the right places.

Highlights from the data:

The carbon footprint of textiles sold/ placed on the market by brand and retailer signatories rose by 4.4% between 2019 and 2021, and the water footprint also increased slightly by 1%
The primary reason for this increase was due to a significant growth in the volume of clothing and home textiles sold or placed on the market in 2021
During this period, the number of actions taken by signatories to reduce their carbon and water footprints also increased, from 64 actions in 2019 to 106 actions in 2021, predominantly in the uptake of preferred materials.
While these actions had a positive impact on signatories’ footprints, helping to reduce carbon by 2% and water by 14%, they were not sufficient to counteract the significant growth in the volume of clothing and home textiles sold or placed on the market in 2021.

The data makes it clear that the industry needs to address the issue of production and consumption as a matter of urgency. The case for circular business is clear and it offers so much opportunity for the sector to do what it does best, to get creative, to unlock innovation and to set new trends that prioritise people and planet. But we need to see a huge increase in the pace and scale of innovation and collaboration on our pathway to circularity if we’re to realise our climate targets.

Transformative action cannot happen alone

This necessary, and inevitable shift to a circular textiles economy cannot be led by our signatories alone. There is a role for every UK fashion and textiles organisation within Textiles 2030 and we need all businesses to step up and join us in collaborative climate action.

Join Textiles 2030 – commit to action

Accompanying report

Textiles 2030 Baseline Report - gives the granular level detail behind our carbon and water footprints, with comparisons against the wider industry

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