London Fashion Week Launches SCAP Recycling
by Alan Harten
February 24, 2009
A runway at the Royal Geographical Society was used by models wearing clothes containing some recycled supplies, at the opening of London Fashion Week.
The Department for Environment (DEFRA), decided to use the show to get its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) underway.
It cannot have been easy to assemble a potpourri of varying units including major retailers such as Tesco and Marks and Spencer, as well as the Salvation Army and Oxfam, and extract their commitments to precise achievable targets.
The SCAP is a range of conservational promises from 300 fashion industry elements, together with high street stores, to enhance the life of clothing and to take on disposable clothing.
It contains promises to make fashion useable longer during its life from concept to disposal.
Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Marks and Spencer have agreed to a variety of issues including more retrieval of superfluous clothing.
Nike will use recycled materials by 2012 in the majority of products and cut packaging, saving £6 million a year.
DEFRA’s thinking comes from experienced people in clothing and sustainability who control and manage decisions about clothes.
Lord Hunt of DEFRA opened the event saying that this is the perfect way to get the SCAP moving.
He said that global warming could be reduced by these efforts to avoid clothing becoming landfill and waste.
There was some criticism after the event. A fabric recycler said that nothing had been mentioned about clearance and how reusable materials are.
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