Shoppers should stop buying throwaway clothes that wear out quickly and are hard to recycle, according to a House of Lords report that attacks fast fashion.

The Science and Technology Committee recommends a VAT review, suggesting tax rates should be reduced on products made with sustainable materials.

The report criticised the popularity of clothes that are so cheap there is no incentive to repair them. The Lords would rather see people “make do and mend”.

“The attitudes of individuals and organisations must be altered so that waste is not just viewed as costly, but as socially unacceptable,” the report said.

“We must tackle the high rate of wasteful consumption to which our society has become accustomed.”