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Latte Levy – What About a Clothes Levy?


We throw away around 2.5bn disposable coffee cups a year so anything to reduce the environmental impact has to be good. 25p surcharge will make us consider bringing in our own cups! But what about the environmental impact of throwaway fashion? Asks FashionCapital / Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway.

An estimated 235m items of unwanted British clothes are expected to go into landfill. I look at the retail price of some of the items on the High Street and it makes me balk! Take off the VAT and ask yourself how can these garments be ethically made! We need fashion with integrity!

What do you think? – Jenny’s LinkedIn community comments:

Love this. Fashion with integrity – PERFECT!

I so agree. I manufactured in the Far East for many years. The buyers of large companies have a bottom line and often no respect for the workers. I often pointed out that the prices of fabric was governed by commodity prices so the only way to lower the costs was to “screw” the workers which I would not do. Other unethical requests were asked for  – I also turned down.

I absolutely hear you.

Good point and a very hot topic. It’s always a question of money in the end and consumers will go for the option that match their wallets regardless of whether it’s ethically made or not. One small positive aspect of a tight budget is that second-hand clothing is quite big business these days. Clearly mass production of cheap clothing with near to no second-hand value is another thing. There are new green and economically viable technologies for breaking down synthetic clothing and other hydrocarbon rich waste. This helps saving the world from more landfills or wasted incineration and the entire fashion business should look into it. Cassandra Oil is one example. The oil generated from the waste clothing can be used for production of new polymers used in fabrics and the gas produced in the recycling process can be used in various production industries including garment manufacturing. It’s only sustainable if it’s economically sustainable and a polyester shirt can be a flip-flop in its next life in a circular economy.

100% agree with you on this!

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