Ministers reject call for 1p sustainability tax on fashion industry

MP Mary Creagh had recommended a raft of measures to improve the fashion industry's environmental sustainability

The Government has rejected proposals to improve the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry.

Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee made 18 recommendations in February, including the imposition of a penny tax on garments to fund recycling and a ban on incinerating unsold stock or sending it to landfill.

The committee’s report, Fixing Fashion, showed that UK shoppers buy more new clothes than their counterparts in any other European country and that textile production generates more emissions contributing to climate change than aviation and shipping combined.

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