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LONDON – The Textile Recycling Association in the UK has welcomed plans by the government for a nationwide Waste Prevention Programme, which would “ramp up action on fast fashion and hold manufacturers accountable for textile waste.” The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced proposals that would require both government and industry to take action across seven key sectors – including textiles – with stakeholders to be consulted on the potential for an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme by the end of the year.

“This statement by the UK Government is very welcome,” said Alan Wheeler, director of the Textile Recycling Association. “The huge environmental impact associated with the fashion and textile industry has become increasingly clear over the last decade or so and the current business model of take, make, consume and dispose is simply not sustainable.”

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