The greedy sweat­shops pay­ing just €3 an hour cre­ated by our love of fast fash­ion

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and pays them the min­i­mum wage. He said: “Re­tail­ers threaten, ‘If you can’t do it we will find some­one else’. I say, ‘How does that work?’ If I can’t do it, how can any­one else?’”

An­other man­u­fac­turer said: “I used to make £1.50 to £2 profit per gar­ment. Now it might be 10p.”

Two weeks ago the Commons En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­dit Com­mit­tee heard ev­i­dence about sus­tain­abil­ity in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

In­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Sarah O’con­nor told MPS: “If you go around Mir­ror’s Nick in talk with il­le­gal


the high street you will be amazed to see how many dresses say “Made in the UK” but cost £5, £6, £7.

“I won­dered, ‘How on earth is this pos­si­ble?’ The an­swer is that ba­si­cally, in a huge chunk of Le­ices­ter’s gar­ment in­dus­try, labour law does not ap­ply.”


Some re­tail­ers have joined the Eth­i­cal Trad­ing Ini­tia­tive where fac­to­ries un­dergo stricter au­dits, but oth­ers have not.

Sarah O’con­nor said: “One of the big­gest would be Boohoo. They source an aw­ful lot in Le­ices­ter.

“They are not mem­bers of the ETI.”

Sarah Ditty, of Fash­ion Rev­o­lu­tion, told MPS: “There are a lot of brands that are not re­ally dis­clos­ing any in­for­ma­tion about what they are do­ing.”

MPS have called on five lead­ing on­line-only fash­ion re­tail­ers – Boohoo, Ama­zon, Asos, Pret­tylit­tlething and Miss­guided – to give ev­i­dence as part of their in­quiry into the in­dus­try.

Boohoo told the Sun­day Mir­ror it in­sists on sup­pli­ers “ac­knowl­edg­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity” for pay­ing a liv­ing wage

There is no sug­ges­tion that the out­fits pic­tured here or seen by the Sun­day Mir­ror on­line are made us­ing il­le­gal labour on be­low min­i­mum wages, nor that the celebri­ties pic­tured on this spread en­dorse them. and con­ducts third-party au­dits. It also de­nied fin­ing for late de­liv­er­ies or re­turn­ing un­sold items and said it pays sup­pli­ers within 30 days. Miss­guided said: “We’re proud of what we’ve been do­ing through our mem­ber­ship of the ETI to ad­dress in­dus­try is­sues.” ASOS de­clined to com­ment but there is no sug­ges­tion it does not ad­here to in­dus­try rules. nick.sommerlad@mir­



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