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Throwaway fashion grows to 30% of landfill waste

Fast throwaway fashion retailers have been blamed for a massive rise in textile waste dumped in landfill sites.

The Environment Select Committee reported that textile waste had risen from 7% of total waste to 30% in the last five years, claiming the rise of cheap throwaway fashion chains were to blame for the phenomenon.

The Environment Select Committee said that textile waste was not “easily recyclable”, which exacerbated the problem.

Conservative MP Michael Jack told The Daily Mail newspaper: “The whole notion of throwaway fashion needs to be re-examined. People may want something that is fashionable, but they should also be thinking about whether what they are buying will last.”

Julian Walker-Palin, a spokesman for George at Asda, added: “We are moving away from fast fashion. We have moved away from the disposability of goods to the durability of textiles and reduced the number of clothing options by 20%.”

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