LONDON – The UK Government has rejected recommendations by an independent Parliamentary enquiry aimed at cleaning up the fast fashion industry. Among other things, MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) had called for a charge of 1p for each garment to raise £35m a year for better clothing collection and sorting. However, the Tory-led Government has said it would only consider such an option in 2025. The EAC, led by Mary Creagh, also called for a reduced rate of VAT on clothes repair services and for fast fashion companies whose products have lower environmental impacts to be rewarded by government schemes, with penalties for those that do not.
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