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French Lower House Votes to Regulate Fast Fashion with Environmental Surcharge

END OF FAST FASHION ERA IN EUROPE?

The lower house of the French Parliament has passed a bill aimed at curbing the environmental impacts of fast fashion by introducing an environmental surcharge. This legislation seeks to address the ‘excesses’ associated with the fast fashion industry, which often leads to significant waste and pollution.

Under the new law, fashion retailers will be required to pay a surcharge on clothing items that fail to meet certain environmental standards, such as excessive water usage, chemical pollution, or unsustainable production practices. The surcharge is intended to incentivize companies to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices throughout their supply chains.

This move reflects growing concerns about the environmental and social consequences of fast fashion, which has been criticized for its high levels of resource consumption, exploitation of workers, and contribution to pollution and waste. By implementing measures to regulate the industry and promote sustainability, France is taking proactive steps to mitigate the negative impacts of fast fashion and promote a more responsible approach to clothing production and consumption.

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