Product roadmaps: Clothing

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As part of Defra's Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) programme, 10 product roadmaps are in development to reduce the environmental and social impacts across the life cycle  of a range of priority products – one of which is clothing.

What is the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap?

A voluntary clothing industry initiative co-ordinated by Defra to improve the environmental and ethical performance of clothing. The aim is to work with industry stakeholders to fast track best practice through:

  • Establishing sound evidence on key impacts and where action will be most effective
  • Agree actions (short to long term) in priority areas (individual organisations and industry wide)
  • Providing a platform to disseminate industry best practice as case studies to catalyse change throughout the sector

For more background see Sustainable Clothing Roadmap – An Introduction (PDF 289 KB)

Impacts and consumption trends

Defra briefing note: sustainability impacts and interventions of clothing (PDF 150 KB): summarises the key environmental and ethical impacts of clothing and current initiatives in place, based on analysis of the evidence and on views gathered from the wide stakeholder engagement ongoing as part of the Clothing Roadmap.

Stakeholder engagement

Annual Conferences

23 February 2010
4th multi-stakeholder conference, London: event details and proceedings

20 February 2009
Third Multi-stakeholder meeting London.

31 March 2008
Second stakeholder event, improving the sustainability of clothing: summary note (PDF 150 KB) and second stakeholder event details.

5 September 2007
First stakeholder event, improving the sustainability of clothing: briefing note (PDF 100 KB) and summary note (PDF 400 KB).

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Page last modified: 29 March 2010