16 days ago
Around The World In Fast Fashion: 🌍Wherever FF is made or bought there is no doubt that its production has wreaked all over the world. FF is mostly owned by billionaires who should know & do more: Currently in the UK:
'It's shocking to see that a group of major retailers are failing to take action to promote environmental sustainability and protect their workers. It's disappointing that only a third of the retailers we wrote to are signed up to ACT, an important global initiative working towards getting a living wage for all garment workers.' Mary Creagh, MP, House Of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, UK.
In Autumn 2018 the Environmental Audit Committee wrote to 16 fast fashion retailers. They were asked what they are doing about limiting the use of hazardous chemicals, using sustainable textiles, providing a living wage, etc. After their responses they were grouped into three categories; 1. Least Engaged 2. Moderately Engaged 3. Engaged, reflecting their commitment to sustainable fashion & labour market initiatives.
1. JD Sports, Sports Direct, TK Maxx, Amazon UK ( a patron of the British Fashion Council), Boohoo ( also own Nasty Gal, Pretty Little Thing) Misguided. None use organic or sustainable cotton. They have not signed up to SCAP (Sustainable Clothing Action Plan) or ACT Living Wage Initiative.
MPs are concerned about Boohoo's approach to trade union representation.
Boohoo & Sports Direct use recycled materials in some products. TK Maxx offers an in-store take back scheme.
2. Next, Debenhams, Arcadia Group ( Philip Green), Asda. Each has taken some steps to address environmental sustainability issues.
Arcadia Group & Next are signed to SCAP. All except Next run take back schemes for discarded clothes. All except Asda are members of ACT. All except Arcadia Group are members of ETI. Debenhams have been credited by the committee for being involved in a range of programmes.
3. Asos, M & S, Tesco, Primark, Burberry. All use organic or sustainable cotton & recycled materials in some products. All have take back schemes. All except Burberry are signed to SCAP. Continued in comments......