Experts on fashion and sustainability are to be questioned by British MPs at a series of hearings over the next month that will focus on the environmental impacts of the garment industry, as well as social issues such as workers’ rights and fair pay.
The Environmental Audit Committee is holding its first evidence hearing today (30 October), with panelists including the director of the Textile Recycling Association, three leading academics, two campaigners and an investigative journalist.
A second hearing will be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 13 November as part of UK Parliament Week 2018, where members of the public are invited to attend. This session will explore issues highlighted in the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition and will help inform recommendations that the Committee will make to Government in a major report due to be published next year.
“The way we design, produce and discard our clothes has a huge impact on people and our planet,” says Environmental Audit Committee Chair, Mary Creagh MP. “From sweatshop factories, to waste, pollution and climate changing emissions.
“We have teamed up with the V&A to explore some of the issues highlighted in its Fashion from Nature exhibition and examine how the fashion sector can remodel itself to be more sustainable. I would encourage anyone who has a passion for this issue or just wants to learn more to come and join us.”
The hearings come after the British Government in July launched an inquiry to investigate the social and environmental impact of disposable so-called ‘fast fashion’, and the wider implications for the fashion supply chain. At the time it invited submissions and comments on the issue.