The Environmental Audit Committee has called on five leading online fashion retailers to provide evidence as part of its sustainability of the fashion sector inquiry.
The Chair of the Committee, Mary Creagh MP, has written letters to Amazon, Asos, Boohoo, PrettyLittleThing and Misguided, and is inviting some of them to give evidence in Parliament.
It is also requesting information on the life-cycle of their items, staff wages and the actions they are taking to reduce the environmental impact of their business.
Mary Creagh MP said: “Our recent evidence hearing raised alarm bells about the fast growing online-only retail sector. Low quality £5 dresses aimed at young people are said to be made by workers on illegally low wages and are discarded almost instantly, causing mountains of non-recycled waste to pile up.
“We will be calling some of these online retailers in front of the Committee to answer questions, but in the meantime, my letters encourage them to face up to the social and environmental consequences of their business models. We want to know that they are fully compliant with employment law, that garments have a decent life-span, and that profit is not put before environmental damage. I look forward to the responses.”
The Committee will publish the written responses when they are received.