Footwear News/ Ella Chochrek/ October 6, 2018

Some of the most popular high-street retailers in the United Kingdom are being called out by MPs for their adverse effects on the environment.

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee wrote a letter to 10 of the biggest high-street brands — including Primark, Next and JD Sports Fashion — this week asking them to reveal their environmental records. The Committee hopes to learn how the brands can reduce their negative environmental impact while continuing to bring economic benefits to the U.K.

As evidence of the “throwaway culture” created by fast fashion, the Committee pointed out that shoppers are purchasing twice as many clothing items than they did a decade ago. British consumers have the highest consumption of clothing per head of any nation in Europe, and around 235 million clothing items were sent to landfills last year.

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