End the era of 'Throwaway' fashion
A report by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) into clothing waste and sustainability suggested Britain buys more clothes per person than any other country in Europe and every year £140m worth of clothes are sent to landfill in the UK.
But even with this information on hand, on Tuesday, the Government rejected recommendations from MPs to force the industry to clean up its act. Many feel that the government is ‘out of step’ in their approach to tackle the extremely damaging throwaway fashion problem.
The proposals included 18 recommendations covering environmental and labour practices and want the government to act.
Among the proposals from the EAC were a 1p charge per garment on producers to fund better recycling of clothes. A ban on incinerating or landfilling unsold stock. Mandatory environmental targets for fashion retailers who have a turnover above £36 million and tax changes to reward reuse, repair and recycling - mainly to support responsible fashion companies.
The EAC's chair, Labour MP Mary Creagh, said: "Fashion producers should be forced to clear up the mountains of waste they create." BBC News
A suggestion that fashion companies be rewarded or penalised depending on the environmental impact of their products amongst other proposals was met with a refusal. In its response the government wrote: "We recognise how crucial it is for the environmental and social impacts to be well managed, particularly in this era of fast fashion.
But ministers have fought back citing the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), a voluntary agreement co-ordinated by the waste watchdog WRAP and also maintains it's better to find outlets for waste textiles rather than simply imposing a landfill ban.
A government spokesperson said: "It simply isn't true to say we are not accepting the committee's recommendations.
"In our landmark Resources and Waste Strategy we will take forward measures including developing proposals and consulting on extended producer responsibility (EPR) and higher product standards for textiles.
"This would make producers responsible for the full cost of managing and disposing of their products after they're no longer useful." BBC News
PHOTO - MISSGUIDED
At the same time, online fast fashion brand Missguided have released a £1 bikini. Yes, you heard correctly, that's one pound for an entire bikini set. Less than your morning coffee.
On top of the issue surrounding the cost, people took to Twitter to display their frustrations towards the point that the bikini itself is not sustainable and made from 85 per cent virgin polyester and cannot possibly be produced ethically.. One user said ‘While I’m sure a £1 bikini is tempting, it encourages overconsumption which has been proven harmful to the planet. In addition, there’s no way this is ethically produced at that price. Where are your clothes being made? What are the conditions under which your workers are labouring? Please inform your customers of the true cost,’
Missguided hit back at claims about the bikini by including the statement “it cost us more to produce than £1 and we've absorbed the costs so we can offer it at an incredible price as a gift to you, our babes” in the product description.
Let us know your thoughts on the Government’s rejection of recommendations from the ECA and if you would consider buying an item of clothing that costs no more than a cup of coffee?