Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told

2018

reuters - mi apparelBritain should pressurize fashion brands to design clothes that pollute less and are easier to recycle to reduce fast fashion’s environmental impact, experts told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Demand for cheap garments is also leading to poor working conditions and exploitation in global supply chains, the Environmental Audit Committee was told at the first hearing of its inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry.

“Consumers in the UK are getting pleasure and enjoyment from fashion and that is coming at a cost to workers and the environment,” said Mark Sumner, a lecturer in fashion and sustainability at the University of Leeds.

Businesses face growing pressure to ensure their supply chains are environmentally-friendly and pay their workers fair wages, as campaigners estimate some 25 million people globally were estimated to be trapped in forced labor in 2016.

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