Fashion bosses quizzed on environmental impacts

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:

Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh has written to the UK’s ten leading fashion retailers to find out what steps they are taking to reduce their environmental impacts.

The request for evidence will help inform the EAC’s inquiry into the sustainability of the UK fashion industry, which is worth £28bn a year to the UK economy.

Questions include how long clothes are kept, whether unsold or returned stock is incinerated, how retailers encourage recycling and whether they use recycled materials.

Marks & Spencer, Primark, Debenhams and Sports Direct International are among the retailers questioned.

Creagh said: “Fashion and footwear retailers have a responsibility to minimise their environmental footprint and make sure the workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage. We want to hear what they are doing to make their industry more sustainable.”

Clothing production contributes to climate change with lots of unwanted clothing ending up in landfill.

When clothes are washed they also release microplastic fibres which make their way into the ocean.

Hearings for the inquiry are due to place in November.

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