The Scottish Authorities is going through calls to encourage extra individuals to consider the garments they put on in a bid to cut back the damaging affect of ‘quick trend’.
The time period is used to explain how clothes manufacturers mass-produce low value garments that attempt to replicate high-end fashion from the catwalks. Individuals will put on the merchandise as soon as then throw it away.
Now a Scottish Labour MSP is looking on the SNP administration at Holyrood to do extra to assist cut back the related waste and air pollution.
Monica Lennon, Labour’s spokeswoman for “internet zero”, vitality and transport, stated: “I’m fairly into trend, and there’s a lot extra we have to do to cut back quick trend, the place individuals put on one thing as soon as after which discard it.
‘Make some progress’
“It’s positively one thing that’s on the federal government’s radar, however there may be a lot extra we will do to hurry issues up and make some progress.
“I need to focus on this with the federal government and see what extra we will do to assist charities, social enterprises and companies that work on this business.
“I’m additionally actually eager to advertise not simply what the federal government can do, however what individuals can do as nicely.
“If one thing doesn’t match anymore, or there’s a tear in it, as an alternative of throwing it out individuals can upcycle it.
“There’s an environmental facet to this, but in addition a office facet – the working situations for the individuals making these garments are often girls being paid a low wage in nations like Bangladesh, and we have to elevate consciousness of that.”
What’s the trend business’s affect on the surroundings?
In line with Greenpeace UK, the style business’s textile manufacturing accounts for 1.2 tonnes of CO2 each single yr, which is a much bigger carbon footprint than all worldwide flights and transport mixed.
The marketing campaign group additionally says quick trend is commonly producing utilizing oil, which creates extra demand for using fossil fuels, and infrequently makes use of low-cost, poisonous dyes which might pollute the planet’s water.
Round £140 million of clothes goes into landfill yearly within the UK, and greater than half of clothes given to charity retailers or textile recyclers results in landfill or is incinerated.
With the COP26 climate summit happening in Glasgow later this yr, Ms Lennon says tackling the air pollution and waste created by the style business would present the world how Scotland can paved the way.
She stated: “There’s a large concentrate on every part environmental and local weather change with COP26 developing, and there’s a second right here for Scotland to step up and attempt to paved the way on these insurance policies and points.
“It’s one thing I’ve been serious about for some time after my interval poverty marketing campaign, as a result of that marketing campaign is growing using reusable interval merchandise and lowering the quantity of plastic that business makes use of as nicely.”
In response to Ms Lennon’s query in regards to the trend business, cupboard secretary for internet zero, vitality and transport Michael Matheson says the federal government is taking motion to cut back Scotland’s relationship with throw-away trend.
He stated: “The Scottish Authorities recognises the necessity to deal with our throw-away tradition, which incorporates so-called ‘quick trend’.
“For instance, the Revolve Programme run by Zero Waste Scotland already seeks to boost consciousness of the advantages of accountable consumption by selling the environmental advantages of second-hand over new clothes purchases, in addition to directing shoppers to the community of over 100 licensed shops.
“The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has identified that textiles and apparel manufacture would be the topic of a forthcoming sector plan.
“This may set out how SEPA will regulate and have interaction with the business to deal with and cut back the environmental impacts from the textile sector.
“The Scottish Authorities is dedicated to bringing ahead a circular economy bill to advance Scotland’s ambitions to advertise an financial system the place supplies stay in use for so long as doable, reasonably than being thrown away, and to ascertain a fund based mostly on the success of the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund for innovation in tackling textile air pollution and throw-away tradition.”
Rented bridal costume
Monica Lennon’s query to authorities comes as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his accomplice Carrie Symonds – with the bride reported to be sporting a rented costume.
Ms Symonds wore a £2,586 robe by Greek designer Christos Costarellos – nonetheless it’s reported she truly rented the costume for £45 from London-based firm My Wardrobe HQ.
Ms Lennon hopes her alternative of bridal costume will encourage others throughout the nation to think about using costume leases sooner or later, as an alternative of shopping for a brand new outfit they’ll solely put on as soon as.
She stated: “Carrie Symonds rented her bridal robe for £45. Carrie in her received proper could be very environmentally-minded, so clearly along with her marriage ceremony being within the information she could have an affect on individuals. Increasingly individuals are catching onto this.
“There’s a enterprise in Scotland for instance referred to as Bag That Dress, which has bridal robes, promenade clothes and fancy garments for individuals to rent out.
“This implies they don’t must lay our a fortune to get the outfit, and it’s also good for the surroundings.
“Not everybody can afford the large costume, however this manner they will lease it and provides it again afterwards, and that method everybody nonetheless will get their dream costume.”
‘I really like the entire concept of shopping for second hand’
It’s not simply celebrities nonetheless who’re opting to purchase their garments second-hand in a bit to avoid wasting the surroundings.
Katrina Schofield, 28, from Aberdeen says she prefers to purchase second-hand garments utilizing these apps due to the damaging impact the style business has on the surroundings.
She stated: “With regards to the surroundings I really like the entire concept of shopping for second hand.
“I used to be not a fan of on-line procuring prior to now, however this complete second-hand on-line procuring concept has opened up and you will discover distinctive garments that different individuals won’t have.
“Generally if you happen to go to charity retailers there may be not lots for younger individuals, whereas shopping for second-hand on-line means there’s something for everybody and it’s costs you may afford.
“The entire ‘cut back, reuse, recycle’ is what we’re aiming for, so if somebody doesn’t need one thing anymore, and another person would adore it, it’s a good factor.
“It’s additionally handy to look in your telephone and have a scroll when you have got a spare 10 minutes reasonably than dedicating an entire day to procuring in actual life.”