Led by Northumbria University, the IMPACT+ Network will assemble a cross-disciplinary team to improve the collation, analysis and assessment of data to advance the reliability and authenticity of environmental impact measures.
It is being led by Dr Alana James at Northumbria University working with partners including Loughborough University and King’s College London.
The IMPACT+ Network will address contemporary challenges encountered when measuring the environmental impact of products, processes and behaviours across the fashion and textile value chain. Current methods rely on self-reported and unverified data from brands, with measures often being siloed to focus on one impact alone failing to consider the much bigger picture. As a consequence, steps to make the industry more sustainable are currently based on ill-informed and inaccurate data, meaning efforts are often inappropriate and misdirected. This Network assembles critical knowledge from multiple disciplines and industry experience.
The project has received £1.4m funding and is part of a wider wider £6m funding project, which has been awarded funding via by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Innovate UK, all part of UKRI. This investment is a key part of UKRI’s £15m Circular Fashion Programme.
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