Sustainability relates to so many aspects of the textiles industry; from environmental sustainability, to sustainable fashion, to the sustainability of your business. We encourage and help our members to embrace sustainability with information and support across a range of areas.

 Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is Scotland’s resource efficiency and circular economy expert. Funded by the Scottish Government, their work supports the delivery of the Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon priorities.

Alongside informing policy and motivating practical behaviour change in organisations, ZWS make direct interventions to affect change; commonly in the form of finance, business support, technical advice, training and competence development, and communications support.

If you or your organisation could benefit from support from Zero Waste Scotland, visit their website here or contact Key Accounts Manager Lynn Wilson at

Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)

The idea behind the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (led by WRAP) is to improve the sustainability of clothing across its lifecycle. By bringing together industry, government and the third sector, it aims to reduce resource use and secure recognition for corporate performance by developing sector-wide targets.

SCAP is overseen by a Steering Group, consisting of major retailers, brands, recyclers, sector bodies, NGOs and charities, and four working groups: Re-use & RecyclingInfluencing Consumer BehavioursMetrics and Design for Longevity.

Learn more about SCAP here or sign up to the SCAP ezine for the latest news, tools and guidance.

Climate Change Levy 2

On behalf of our members, we have negotiated a valuable discount with UKFT on the UK-wide Climate Change Levy Rebate Scheme (CCL). If you are accepted into the Climate Change Levy rebate scheme, then as a Corporate member of the STLA and therefore a member of UKFT, you are entitled to a discount in your CCL administration fee. The CCL scheme applies to companies in the UK that dye, print, coat, weave or knit (or a similar process).

UK Fashion & Textiles has just secured CCL2, which will run until 2023.  If your company is considering joining the scheme and not already in the existing scheme, please contact Adam Mansell at UKFT at

View and download Q&As about the CCL2.

The Ethical Fashion Forum

The Ethical Fashion Forum is the industry body for sustainable fashion, representing over 6000 members in more than 100 countries. They support their members through the SOURCE platform.

Including a sourcing and business database, an online network, a business intelligence platform, and a global programme of events, the SOURCE offers a sustainability tool kit for the fashion sector.

Join the EFF as a member by registering here.


Other useful links:

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
The world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Scotland’s environmental regulator

Investors in People (IIP)
Sustain your business and people through business improvement