Experts and campaigners questioned on the Sustainability of the Fashion Industry

30 October 2018

The Environmental Audit Committee holds the first evidence hearing in its Sustainability of the Fashion Industry inquiry. The first panel will focus largely on the environmental impacts of the garment industry and the second session will focus primarily on social issues, such as workers' rights and fair pay.


Tuesday 30 October, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • Stella Claxton, Senior Lecturer, Clothing Sustainability Research Group, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr Mark Sumner, Lecturer in Sustainability, Retail & Fashion, University of Leeds
  • Professor Richard C Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology, University of Plymouth
  • Alan Wheeler, Director, Textiles Recycling Association

At 11.15am

  • Sarah O’Connor, Financial Times investigative reporter
  • Kate Elsayed-Ali, International Advocacy Manager, Anti-Slavery International 
  • Sarah Ditty, Policy Director, Fashion Revolution


The Environmental Audit Committee is investigating the social and environmental impact of disposable ‘fast fashion’ and the wider clothing industry. The inquiry examines the carbon, resource use and water footprint of clothing throughout its lifecycle. It will look at how clothes can be recycled, and waste and pollution reduced.

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