It’s your favourite SU event of the year. Law drinks, AU Ball, Fashion Society’s Mahiki Mondays. Whichever it is, you probably want a new dress to wear. And for that you’ll scour websites like Boohoo and ASOS to find the perfect pick for that event, to find a dress that you probably won’t need, but will be ideal for that one-time occasion.

And, with this, you’re contributing to the fast fashion movement.

Members of UK Parliament have realised the contribution that retailers like Boohoo and ASOS make to the destructive fast fashion industry, providing people nationwide with one-time outfits for a special occasion. For this reason, they have proposed a 1p tax on these retailers, which would fund the collection of £140 million discarded clothes clothes across the country, making sure that these are recycled. Tit for tat, right?

In positive news for campaigners for ethical fashion, this decision was proposed by the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee, showing that tackling fast fashion is crossing party lines. The Committee also suggested teaching primary school children how to repair and mend clothing, to reduce the sale of single-use clothing.

26.7kg of new clothing is bought by the average Briton annually, much of this only worn a few times. With around 430,000 tonnes of this total thrown away, the push towards recycling and away from single-use clothing by MPs will undoubtedly make even the most cynical fast fashion campaigners cheer. Finally, politicians are actively trying to discourage fast fashion.

Next time you want a new dress for that special occasion, think again about wearing what you have again. That one dress is contributing to a single destructive movement that is the fast fashion industry. And no occasion is worth doing this for.


LSESU Fashion Society

LSESU Fashion Society

The LSESU Fashion Society is the only fashion related society on campus at LSE. Our events this year are focused around the term ‘sustainability’, whether that is one’s mental health, our consumption patterns or our understanding of the fashion industry contributes greatly to climate change.

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