Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability Contents

6Background & acknowledgements

147.The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is a cross-party committee of backbench MPs that is formed by the House of Commons after each general election to scrutinise the environmental performance and policies of the Government and its public bodies. We launched our inquiry in June 2018 to examine concerns about the waste and environmental impact of the fashion industry. There has been a phenomenal response to the inquiry. Over the course of the inquiry we received over 90 submissions of written evidence. We held four days of hearings in the inquiry, one at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

148.Of the UK’s major fashion retailers only Primark initially provided evidence. We then wrote to the top ten fashion retailers request information about their efforts to reduce their environmental and social impact.322 We are grateful to all of the retailers for responding. The British Fashion Council did not submit any evidence to the inquiry. Among the questions fashion retailers were asked to respond to where:

We analysed the retailers’ responses and published an interim report on this on 31 January.324

Acknowledgements

149.We would like to thank Catie Poust from the V&A who worked tirelessly to make our event a success and Edwina Ehrman for her expert tour of the Fashioned From Nature exhibition which she curated.


322 Environmental Audit Committee, Fashion bosses asked to reveal environmental record (October 2018)

323 Environmental Audit Committee, Fashion bosses asked to reveal environmental record (October 2018)

324 Environmental Audit Committee, Interim Report on the Sustainability of the Fashion Industry (January 2019)




Published: 19 February 2019