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Mary Creagh

Chair, House of Commons environmental audit committee

Mary Creagh MP led the environmental audit committee’s investigation into the sustainability of the fashion industry last year. After quizzing fast fashion retailers including Asos and Missguided, it reported in February. The report criticised UK fashion businesses for failing to prioritise sustainability and suggested a levy of 1p per garment could raise £35m to improve clothing collection and recycling in the UK.

At the Drapers Sustainable Fashion event in March, she told delegates: “The model is unsustainable: less than 1% of clothing gets recycled. Being sustainable should be part of a business’s licence to operate.”

The government rejected all the committee’s proposals in August, but Creagh is unlikely to be discouraged. She said at the time: “Fashion producers should be forced to clear up the mountains of waste they create.”


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