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1 May 2024 - Sustainability of the fashion sector: follow up - Oral evidence

Committee Environmental Audit Committee
Inquiry Sustainability of the fashion sector: follow up

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Start times: 2:00pm (private) 2:15pm (public)

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Is fast fashion still “costing the earth”? MPs revisit landmark inquiry

On Wednesday 1 May, the Environmental Audit Committee revisits its landmark inquiry into fast fashion, in an evidence session exploring the sustainability of the UK fashion industry.

Meeting details

At 2:15pm: Oral evidence
Work Sustainability of the fashion sector: follow up (Non-inquiry session)
Founder and Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion at University of the Arts London
CSR Policy Advisor, Europe at INretail
Head of Policy and Insights at WRAP
At 3:15pm: Oral evidence
Work Sustainability of the fashion sector: follow up (Non-inquiry session)
Head of Public Affairs at H&M
Founder and CEO at Thrift+
Trading Director at Oxfam
Responsible Sourcing, Group Product Operations and Wholesale Director at boohoo Group plc

According to research by think tank the Hot or Cool Institute, the UK has the G20’s fourth highest carbon footprint from fashion, behind Australia, Japan and the US.

In 2019, the Committee’s predecessor published its report on Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability. Calling for the Government to “end the era of throwaway fashion” by introducing an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme, and by rewarding companies that take positive steps to reduce waste, the report is one of the most read Select Committee reports of all time.

Since that report, the Committee has held several evidence sessions following up on its recommendations and tracking the progress made by both industry and the Government.

Disappointingly, several leading fashion retailers have declined the Committee’s invitation to give evidence in person on this occasion.

MPs are likely to ask witnesses what the environmental impact of UK fashion is likely to look like in years to come, and what progress the industry has made towards sustainability. They are also likely to ask witnesses from retailers like H&M and boohoo what steps they have taken to reduce their environmental impacts.

Members may also ask witnesses about the impact reselling platforms have had on the industry, and whether these increase or reduce the likelihood of overconsuming fashion products.


Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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