Half of the clothes offered by main fast-fashion manufacturers is made fully of latest plastics, a examine revealed.
The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) made the discovering after analyzing greater than 10,000 objects of girls’s clothes marketed by Asos, Boohoo, Missguided and PrettyLittleThing.
On common, 49 p.c of those ranges have been produced solely with non-recycled plastics reminiscent of polyester and nylon.
Asos had the bottom charge with 36 p.c of its objects derived solely from new artificial fibers, whereas Boohoo had the worst with 60 p.c.
These plastics are dangerous to the setting as a result of they produce 20% extra CO2 than the equal of cotton, in response to an MIT examine. They’re additionally very more likely to find yourself in a landfill because of the discard tradition and recycling deficiencies within the UK, the RSA mentioned.
Not one of the 4 firms examined within the examine used a number of recycled supplies to make their garments, and Missguided’s 5% is larger than the opposite three.
In whole, the researchers estimated that the common merchandise listed by these firms is 61 p.c plastic, regardless of trend firms pledging to market eco-friendly clothes.
The findings come after a growth in on-line procuring through the pandemic, with Asos reporting £ 2bn in gross sales over the past monetary yr and Boohoo posting a 41% improve in purchases.
The RSA mentioned Boohoo, which hopes to make use of 100% recycled or extra sustainable textiles by 2025, has a “mountain to climb” to achieve its objective.
Josie Warden, a co-author of the examine, mentioned the sheer quantity of clothes produced by these 4 web sites was “stunning.”
He added: “Within the yr the UK hosts COP 26, we have to see motion from authorities and trade to create a extra sustainable trend system.
“This doesn’t imply fully eliminating the usage of plastics in clothes, nevertheless it does imply utilizing it with care. We are able to not use plastics to create poorly made clothes which might be designed to be worn solely a handful of occasions. “
The RSA desires the federal government to introduce a “plastics tax” to discourage the usage of new plastics. He additionally urges trend web sites to do extra to advertise second-hand clothes and for purchasers to purchase extra sturdy objects.
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