European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP)

Cutting the environmental impact across the clothing supply chain and generating value for business through collaboration

The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) took the principles of the successful UK Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP),alongside other successful European programmes, to help develop a pan-European framework to deliver a more sustainable clothing sector.

ECAP aimed to embed a circular economy approach across Europe for the clothing sector. This LIFE funded project was delivered through a range of partners from the UK, the Netherlands and Denmark.  The project explored production, design, public procurement, sustainable consumption, collection, recycling and reprocessing as a means of waste minimisation and effective waste recovery. 


How did ECAP aim to reduce the waste, water and carbon footprints of EU clothing?

  • By preventing waste in the clothing supply chain and the use of domestic clothing and workwear by business, consumers and governments.

  • By ensuring that less clothing goes to incineration and landfill.

  • By encouraging consumers to buy less clothing and keep it for longer.

  • By encouraging innovation in resource-efficient design and service models to encourage business growth in the clothing sector and its supply chain.

  • Reduce the waste, water and carbon footprints of EU clothing.

European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP)

Driving circular fashion and textiles - ECAP's summary report

ECAP completed on 31st December 2019 and you can read the Summary Report ‘Driving circular fashion and textiles’ here, in English, Danish or Dutch.

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Discover more about the ECAP project

Explore the full range of case studies, reports and guidance on the initiatives dedicated  ECAP website.

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