December 8, 2017


This week the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) published a new report, ‘Mapping clothing impacts in Europe: the environmental cost’. The report zooms in on the impacts of the clothing industry in Europe and has gathered data on the levels of clothing consumption, the amount of clothing in household waste, the environmental footprints of consumed clothing and consumer behaviour.

Some interesting findings from the report include that:

  • the garment industry has many sustainability challenges, as well as opportunities for change;
  • influencing behaviour change amongst consumers can make a significant difference to the impact of clothing;
  • reducing clothing in residual waste is a key area of focus;
  • focusing on less wasteful practices in the supply chain can significantly reduce impacts;
  • more than six million tonnes of clothing were consumed in the EU in 2015;
  • the carbon footprint of clothing consumed in the EU in 2015 was 195 million tonnes CO2e; and
  • the water footprint of clothing consumed in 2015 in the EU was 46,400 million m3.

The ECAP programme has several projects in place to reduce these impacts through preventing waste in the clothing supply chain, helping brands to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprint of their clothing and increasing more sustainable consumer behaviours.

ECAP is an EU LIFE funded project which aims to reduce clothing waste across Europe and embed a circular economy approach. MADE-BY is one of the project partners of ECAP, alongside the Danish Fashion Institute, the London Waste and Recycling Board, Rijkswaterstaat and WRAP.

Read the full report here:

Tags: clothing, consumers, ecap, eu, made-by.