"Thriving and Sustainable"; MPs in the UK are inviting evidence on how the influential fashion sector should remodel itself.

Photo credit:  The Irish Times Dec 3, 2016

Photo credit:  The Irish Times Dec 3, 2016

Exciting times are ahead in the UK after MPs have announced they are committing to investigate the environmental impact of 'fast fashion'.  This inquiry launched by the House of Commons environmental audit committee will explore the negative impact of clothing throughout it's supply chain and lifecycle.

With the rising concern that this international multi-billion pound industry is contributing to climate change, this should be on the agenda in governments all around the world.  

Knowing the facts of how this industry is contributing to a critical environmental impact is VITAL to how we should be moving forward and designing out waste in our future.

"Fashion Shouldn't Cost the Earth" said Mary Creagh MP, chair of the committee.  "But the way we design, make and discard clothes has a huge environmental impact.  Producing clothes requires climate-change emissions.  Every time we put on a wash, thousands of plastic fibres wash down the drain to the oceans.  We don't know where or how to recycle end-of-life-clothing". [1]

It's not just the negative end result of fast fashion ending up in landfill and releasing harmful gases to our environment.  Attention has to be given to growing and the manufacturing of the raw materials at the beginning of the garments life cycle.  The water used, the extraction of fossil fuels, the toxic chemicals that are used and often flushed back into the environment untreated and the plastic microfibres that when garments are washed enter our rivers, seas and oceans and then often our foodchain.

Consumers need to know and deserve to be provided with an honest account of this information.  Consumers need to be encouraged, by brands and by the media, to buy fewer things and to reuse and recycle clothing and to be informed of the best way to dispose of them.  

Fashion companies also need to be supported.  Supported in making changes to a more sustainable production and design method.  With encouragement to introduce an element of recycling and primarily to changing their habits to be more considerate to our environment.

The next step from here is the feedback that the committee will recieve this September.  The opinions on whether fast fashion is unsustainable and if so ideas on how we can encourage fashion companies to design a more sustainable product embracing recycling and a more slow fashion model where a more conscious consumer choice is supported.

We can't wait to find out what changes will be made in one of the biggest fashion capitals of the world.

 

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[1] https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/jun/22/mps-to-examine-environmental-footprint-of-uk-fashion-industry