The European Parliament has taken a significant step in addressing the unregulated and detrimental impacts of the fashion industry. MEPs voted to ban the destruction of usable surplus stock and returned goods, combat aggressive and false advertising, and introduce material and consumption footprint reduction targets.
They also called for comprehensive 'Ecodesign' requirements for all textiles and footwear, as well as stricter liability measures for imported products sold online.
This decision aligns with the European Commission's 'Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles,' which aims to transform the textile sector by promoting durability, repairability, reusability, and recyclability.
Stakeholders commend the parliament's actions and urge the European Commission to develop a robust plan for managing and reducing clothing waste in the EU.
Companies are encouraged to take responsibility for their textile waste, including supporting waste management efforts in countries like Ghana and Kenya, which receive excessive amounts of second-hand clothes from Europe.
Experts emphasize the need for the textile industry to adhere to social and environmental rights, condemning the unethical practice of destroying unsold goods.
They call for a swift ban on such practices across all product categories. The European Commission is urged to embrace the parliament's ambition by establishing binding reduction targets for the EU's material and consumption footprints.