As per House of Common’s committee, consumption of new clothes is higher in the UK than any other European country. The committee has written to chief executives of the UK’s 10 leading fashion retailers to find out what steps they are taking to reduce the environmental and social impact of the clothes and shoes they sell.
The companies the Environmental Audit Committee has written to include: Marks & Spencer, Primark, Next Retail, Arcadia Group, Asda, Tk Maxx and HomeSense, Tesco, JD Sports Fashion, Debenhams and Sports Direct International. Westminster’s environmental audit committee said evidence already submitted by the Textiles Recycling Association showed the UK uses 26.7kg per capita. This compares to a consumption rate in the next-highest countries of 16.7 in Germany and 16 in Denmark - and just 12.6 in Sweden.
Although there has been renewed interest in recent years in clothing made in Britain, there are concerns that the demand for fast fashion is fuelling the need for quick turn-around in the supply chain, leading to poor working conditions in UK garment factories.