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Caroline Swain writes for Fashion Capital on the EU’s new legal framework on textiles

The EU has recently introduced a new legal framework on textiles to address fast fashion's environmental impact.

In line with its ‘Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles,’ European Union governments agreed in May to introduce a law banning the destruction of unsold textiles. The intention being to least drastically reduce the 6 million tonnes of textiles that the European Commission estimates are put into landfill or incinerated annually.  

Unlike products tried on in store, which are typically returned to the shelf for purchase by another consumer, a large number of online returns are sent for incineration or to landfill as the cost of checking, sorting and restocking the products outweighs the profits to be made on resale. 

Caroline Swain, Senior Associate, writes for Fashion Capital on the proposed legal framework, the impact on the sector, risk for consumers and the potential impact on the UK industry.

Read the full piece in Fashion Capital here.

 

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