British MPs have formed a sustainable fashion group known as the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Sustainable Clothing and Textiles.
Headed up by newly elected chair Anne Main MP, the group launched with an introductory meeting last week that was attended by retailers, and industry and recycling bodies.
Over the coming months, it will now be the APPG responsibility to analyse evidence from the industry and make recommendations to the government for action in the clothing and textiles sector.
Formed by MPs from all sides of the political spectrum, the APPG will examine the sustainability of the clothing and textiles industry, including supply chains, materials used and consumer behaviour. The creation of this group is timely as it follows the Government’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s recent report titled ‘Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability’.
Anne Main MP, the newly elected Chair of the APPG said: “I am delighted to be voted in to chair this group and I hope we can help to shine a spotlight on this important topic. We need to have a proper debate about the trade-offs of using man-made materials instead of sustainable natural products and only by seeking evidence and asking difficult questions are we going to get there.
“We know that the current situation cannot continue and I was pleased to see that this was recognised by all the guests attending the meeting. Now is the time for constructive action to make the clothing and textiles industry more sustainable. The APPG will now look to take evidence from industry and others and will produce a report with recommendations for change.
“I would encourage all parts of the industry, from farmers to retailers to industry bodies to engage with the work of the APPG as we look to bring sustainability to this important issue.”
Trewin Restorick, CEO and founder of Hubbub, followed this by adding: “We are proud to be promoting this APPG and hope that the group’s work will complement and enhance our current fashion campaigns. Creating greater sustainability in the clothing and textiles industry is increasingly important and with the founding of this APPG we hope that government policy can be influenced to deliver a real step-change in how we think about what we wear.”
Over the coming months, the APPG will be exploring evidence from a wide base to inform recommendations to government for action in the clothing and textiles sector.
Let’s hope this will put the UK on course to begin introducing real measures that will truly hold big fast-fashion retailers accountable. Only then will we start to see real change happen, fast.