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200 tonnes of waste a year: the inside story of the fight to regulate UK “fast fashion”

New research estimates that in 2015, over half the new clothing bought in Europe went to landfill. But with new, cheap clothing making companies millions, is there any hope for change?

By Zahra Manji  

Michelangelo Pistoletto - Venere degli stracci (Venus of Rags) (1967). Photo: cea +/Flickr, liscenced under Creative Commons 2.0

“I didn’t even know this existed!” exclaimed my flatmate as she pulled a jumper out from the depths of her wardrobe.

Did you know that every Briton spends over £980 on new clothes every year? A recent study released by LABFRESH placed the United Kingdom as the fourth-largest producer of textile waste in Europe. Think overflowing wardrobes, towering landfills and over 200 tonnes of waste per year.

In total, they estimated that in…

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