EAC launch inquiry into fast fashion

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Plastic microfibres in clothing are released when they are washed, entering rivers, the ocean and the food chain

Fast fashion will be put under the microscope thanks to a new inquiry launched by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).

An estimated 300,000 tonnes of fashion waste goes straight into landfill each year, despite growing efforts to encourage consumers to recycle their worn and unwanted clothing.

Plastic microfibres in clothing are released when they are washed, entering rivers, the ocean and the food chain.

Headed by EAC chair Mary Creagh, the inquiry will look at the social and environmental impact of disposable fast fashion and the wider clothing industry.

It will examine the carbon, resource use and water footprint of clothing and analyse how waste and pollution can be reduced and more clothes can be recycled.

If the global fashion industry continues on its current growth path, it could use more than a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget by 2050, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Creagh said: “Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth. But the way we design, make and discard clothes has a huge environmental impact. Producing clothes requires toxic chemicals and produces climate-changing emissions.

“Every time we put on a wash, thousands of plastic fibres wash down the drain and into the oceans. We don’t know where or how to recycle end of life clothing.”

Deadline for submissions will be 5pm on 3 September, 2018.


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