Debenhams has become the latest retailer to sign the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)

Debenhams has become the latest retailer to sign the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)

UK department store operator Debenhams is the latest retailer to sign a sustainability plan, designed to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing over its lifecycle.

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), which is led by the UK government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has already been backed by Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Next.

By 2020, signatories aim to have reduced their carbon and water footprints as well as the amount of waste sent to landfill by 15%. The SCAP 2020 Commitment also includes a 3.5% cut in waste arising per tonne of clothing.

If these targets are met, WRAP expects to save the equivalent annual CO2 emissions of nearly 250,000 cars, water in 160,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and over 16,000 tonnes of waste. 

Key action areas include reducing the environmental footprint of clothing through fibre and fabric selection, extending the useful life of garments, and increasing re-use and recycling.

The campaign includes the SCAP Footprint Calculator, which enables a brand or retailer to quantify the carbon, water and waste footprints of its entire garment portfolio.