FASHION brands should be slapped with a “penny tax” to pay for recycling the mountain of cheap clothes dumped in rubbish tips, MPs today demand.
In a damning report, the environment committee blasted the “fast fashion” peddled by celebrities on social media sites.
PA:Press Association Labour MP Mary Creagh says the reality of fashion retailer waste is shocking
They named and shamed brands Boohoo and ASOS for flogging dresses for as little as just £5.
And they warned over one million tonnes of clothes sent to landfill every year – harming the economy.
Labour MP Mary Creagh, committee boss, said: “Behind the perfect Instagram profiles and the pristine shop fronts of our fashion retailers the reality is shocking.”
She said behind some of the clobber on sale is the murky worlds of illegal low pay and child sweat shop labour.
The committee hammered Versace and Footlocker for “failing to comply” with the Modern Slavery Act – a law preventing slavery and human trafficking.
Brands must finally be forced to take responsibility for the environmental fall-out of the fast fashion they are peddling, the committee says.
They want fashion brands to be charged a 1p tax on every item of clothing they produce.
They say this will raise £35million a year to bankroll a recycling drive.
Ms Creagh said: “Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth.
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“Our insatiable appetite for clothes comes with a huge social and environmental price tag: carbon emissions, water use, chemical and plastic pollution are all destroying our environment.
“Fashion retailers must take responsibility for the clothes they produce.”
Brits buy more clothes than any other country in Europe – and end up chucking mountains of discarded outfits in the bin every year.
The committee also wants retailers to have environmental targets, and for kids to be taught sewing in school so they can mend outfits rather than constantly buying new ones.
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