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Published: 12 June 2021

By Andy Ross

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Plastics and fashion

In a study, undertaken by the Royal Society of Arts, plastic was found in clothing at very high levels. 

The problem of plastic pollution is one that fast fashion needs to address urgently if it is to meet its own targets for sustainability, and yet shoppers may still be purchasing many items that contain elastane, polyester or other petrochemical plastics. Recycling would go some way to helping sustainability by mxing old and new fibres together but even that is not at a high enough level to really make a difference. As plastics are now seen as a real long-term problem in the oceans and on land it is past time to look for alternatives.

The report is available on the RSA website here and you can read more about the study on the BBC website here