MPs launch inquiry into sustainability of the fashion industry

Parliament’s cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched a new inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry.

Announced last week (22 June), the EAC, which considers the extent to which UK Government policies and those of public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainability, is set to investigate the social and environmental impact of disposable ‘fast fashion’ and that of the wider clothing industry. In particular, the inquiry will delve into the environmental impact of clothing throughout the lifecycle of a garment in terms of carbon, resource and water use, while also looking at how clothes can be recycled and waste and pollution reduced. Of particular relevance to plastics in the inquiry is the issue of microfibres, which are tiny pieces of plastic that are shed from items of clothing during washing and then enter rivers and, eventually, the oceans.