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UK: Launch of 'Valuing our Clothes' report

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The new report “Valuing our clothes” by Wrap (Working together for a world without waste) aims to highlight opportunities across the clothing value chain to reduce the resource impacts of clothing supply, use and disposal. The Soil Association has welcomed both the initiative and the report which provides useful encouragement for retailers to think about sustainability and tackle the issue of waste. However, the report focuses heavily on post-production environmental impact and lacks in-depth consideration of the production and processing methods related to clothing production. The significant environmental and social risks associated with the production and processing of clothes should be considered when assessing overall sustainability such as pesticides, water pollution, GM seeds and sweatshop labour, according to the Soil Association.

The Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) are featured as a lower-impact production method. Christopher Stopes, Regional Representative from Global Organic Textile Standards, comments on the launch of the report: "To protect the environment and human health rigorous standards like GOTS are essential. They can ensure that organic textiles are produced without harming the environment, they also meet social criteria. The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan must ensure that retailers and manufacturers stop greenwash and sign up to standards that deliver. GOTS gets a mention, but more is needed."

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