Big brands face pressure over fast fashion's impact

Major clothing retailers are facing pressure over "fast fashion" amid concerns over the impact it has on the environment.
The high street knock-offs of catwalk couture are often only intended to last for a few months - and the increase in purchases has led to hundreds of tonnes of clothing being dumped every year.
MPs are also concerned about poor working conditions in garment factories, with Westminster's environmental audit committee asking bosses at 10 leading British brands to reveal their environmental record.Marks & Spencer, Primark, Next, Tesco, Asda and Sports Direct are among the retailers coming under scrutiny - and some executives will be invited to give evidence to MPs later this year.The committee's chairman, Mary Creagh, said: "The way we design, produce and discard our clothes has a huge impact on our planet."Fashion and footwear retailers have a responsibility to minimise their environmental footprint and make sure the workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage."We want to hear what they are doing to make their industry more sustainable."
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