EXCLUSIVE – Randomly selected garments from a range of high street fashion brands were found to contain zero or very little recycled polyester – despite label claims to the contrary.
A patent-pending test method, deemed reliable by a leading German laboratory after blind trials, was used to examine ‘recycled polyester’ lines from several high street fashion brands.
The tests revealed that some of the clothing items had zero recycled content, while those that did contain recycled polyester had significantly less than advertised on the label.
The findings confirm long-held rumours that virgin polyester is being substituted for its recycled counterpart in fashion supply chains, and on a significant scale.
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