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Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur tackle 'wasteful' textile industry

Clothes must be designed differently, worn for longer and recycled much more to prevent huge amounts of waste in the textile industry, a new report has argued.

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has joined forces with sailor and environmental campaigner Dame Ellen MacArthur in a joint call for the fashion industry to revolutionise how clothing is produced.

Currently, less than 1% of clothing is recycled into new clothes and the equivalent of one rubbish truck full of textiles is wasted every second, according to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. If nothing changes, the fashion industry is on track to consume a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget by 2050.

The report calls for radical improvement to textile recycling, a move to renewable materials, support for initiatives like clothing rental and phasing out toxin and pollutants.

Fitness giant Nike and high street retailer H&M are named as ‘industry leaders’ in sustainability in the report.

“Today’s textile industry is built on an outdated linear, take-make-dispose model, which is hugely wasteful and polluting. We need the whole industry to rally round this report,” said MacArthur.

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