UK Government rejects all recommendations of the Fixing Fashion report

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The UK Government’s response to the recommendations of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee’s report, Fixing Fashion: Clothing Consumption and Sustainability is now published. The report, which was published in February 2019, called for an end to throwaway fashion and included a set of recommendations for environmental and labour market practices. 

The UK Government has rejected each recommendation, including:
A new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme to reduce textile waste with a one penny charge per garment on producers.
– Mandatory environmental targets for fashion retailers with a turnover above £36 million

UCRF determines that the rejection of the report’s recommendations indicates UK Government’s firm priority of businesses over planet and people.

Arnhem communique

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Activities / Local Assemblies

A local assembly of UCRF took place in Arnhem, The Netherlands on 5th June 2019 and involved around 70 people. Following an Open Space methodology, the local assembly put forward a range of urgent themes for debate and voted to discuss nine of them — a summary of the conversations follows. In addition, seven priorities for further action and consideration were put forward, the Arnhem communique in which the Union should seek to foreground:

  • Interdependency
  • Togetherness
  • Lightness and play
  • Care
  • The knowledge and practice to grow out of growth
  • The global living wage
  • Connecting and communicating with the outside world

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Union Local Assembly at ArtEZ Community Event

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Activities / Blogroll / Local Assemblies

On 5th June 2019, the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion is holding its first Local Assembly in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and we invite you to come and take part.

The Local Assembly will take place within a ‘Community Event’ of the ArtEZ Fashion Professorship and MA Fashion Held in Common. It will be organised using open space methodology and will discuss urgent questions and issues around fashion and sustainability. Our intention is to draft a communiqué from the Arnhem Assembly to share will the rest of the Union.

The event runs from 13:00 – 18:30 CET.

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