Clothing has the 4th largest environmental impact in the world after housing, transport and food.

Clothing demand more than doubled between 2000 and 2018, driven by the increased middle class, shorter fashion cycles and garment life.

For every 1 tonne of garments reused as opposed to directed to landfill, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 7 tonnes. Being sustainable and driving a real change towards clothing and ecological integrity is a huge focus for us.

SWD recognises the responsibility of reducing landfill, protecting the environment, the inherent high value of pre-loved apparel and the part SWD can play to ensure reuse, and wherever possible, that nothing of value goes to waste.

Certified Merchants of TRUST – Trader Recycling Universal Standard

TRUST – Trader Recycling Universal Standard – is the outcome of a coalition dedicated to boosting standards within the recycling sector. It has the backing of more than 2,500 charity shops across the United Kingdom and was formed in 2019 from representatives of the Charity Retail Association, Textile Recycling Association, charity retail chains, academics, waste reduction charities, textile recyclers, and input from the Environment Agency, the WISH (Waste Industry Safety and Health) Forum and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

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We are Partners of Textiles 2030

Textiles 2030 is WRAP’s new ground-breaking, expert-led initiative, harnessing 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.

With an official launch in April 2021, the new voluntary agreement builds on the learning and success of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP 2020) and aims to engage the majority of UK fashion and textiles organisations in collaborative climate action.

1kg of cotton created uses 10,000 – 20,000 litres of water

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