They have all come under fire for helping promote \”throw-away fashion\”. Because of their very low prices, many consumers are happy to throw away their garments after just one season. MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee found the proportion of textile waste at council tips has risen from 7 per cent to 30 per cent over the last five years.
\”As a proportion\”, well yes. And the amount of rubbish in total is falling, because we\’re recycling more. So it could be true that we\’re throwing away more clothing, but it necessarily so: it could be that as we\’re throwing away less glass, paper and so on the portion of clothing in what we do throw away is rising.
From the figures we\’re given we cannot prove it either way.