Government Action Crucial to Propel the Circular Economy Forward

Senator Rebecca Moynihan
05 December 2023

Labour’s Climate spokesperson Senator Rebecca Moynihan, voiced serious concerns over the environmental consequences of the fast, disposable fashion industry following Oxfam’s latest research, which found 26% of individuals intend to purchase novelty Christmas clothing that will likely see minimal wear.

Senator Moynihan said:

“Oxfam’s findings emphasise the urgent need for comprehensive action to address the climate repercussions of our festive fashion choices. The fashion industry’s rapid turnover is proving to be an environmental catastrophe.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that it is the second largest polluter of water globally and accountable for a staggering 10% of worldwide carbon emissions, surpassing even the combined environmental impact of aviation and shipping.

“To address this issue effectively, Government must channel resources towards social enterprises that enable the circular economy for clothes. Take, for instance, the brilliant work done by the Crumlin Clothes swap shop, the community based clothes reuse hub.

“When considering festive wear purchases, I implore individuals to choose secondhand options available at local charity shops. By opting for pre-loved clothing, we not only reduce waste but also contribute to minimising the environmental toll of the fashion industry.

“I’m urging Government to allocate greater funding and resources towards social enterprises fostering the circular economy for clothing. In the absence of policy progress, consumers opting for secondhand clothing from charity shops not only reduces waste but also contributes to a more sustainable future for our planet.”


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