The clothing industry is taking up the opportunity to use recycled materials in packaging.
But when it comes to how they are going to do it, the industry has been left in limbo.
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This week, the Australian Clothing Industry Association (ACTI) launched a petition calling on the Government to publish a new Waste Reduction strategy.
“The Coalition has been talking about cutting the waste that the Australian clothing industry creates in the form of packaging material, but nothing is being done to protect these products from waste,” ACTI’s executive director Rob Kalles said.
“Our members are calling on their government to commit to a new Strategic Waste Reduction Policy that protects these products, from landfill, and protects our members from the devastating impacts of climate change.”
The industry has made a number of commitments to address climate change, but the Government’s approach to the issue is a source of concern.
“In many ways, the current approach of the Coalition is a lot like the previous Labor Government,” Mr Kallis said.
“[It] says we’re doing everything we can to reduce carbon emissions and it says that if we do anything to reduce climate change then we’ll have to pay for it.
According to the Australian Retail Consortium, the average cost of a box of 50 pairs of jeans has been rising steadily over the past 15 years. “
The Government has done everything they can to make this a reality, but when it is, it’s going to be very difficult for us to get our products out of landfill.”
According to the Australian Retail Consortium, the average cost of a box of 50 pairs of jeans has been rising steadily over the past 15 years.
A total of $1.8 billion was spent on packaging in 2014-15, according to a survey conducted by the Retail Industry Council of Australia.
It estimated the average Australian consumer was paying $6.30 for every pair of jeans they bought.
In recent years, the Government has been focusing on using the plastics industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has announced a $2.5 billion initiative to reduce packaging waste in 2019-20.
However, there are concerns that the new strategy will not protect Australian clothing from the impacts of the climate.
The Coalition’s plan, which will be published later this year, would set out what it would mean for the clothing industry if it were to use the materials in its packaging.
The Department said the plan would “set out an appropriate amount of money and a timeframe for the investment and would be consistent with the commitments made by the previous Liberal and Labor governments”.
“It would be expected that any investment would be subject to market conditions,” the department said.
But Mr Kalas said it was unclear what those market conditions would be.
While the Government is aiming to reduce the use of waste by 80%, it is also aiming to make the use and recycling of packaging a top priority.
Mr Kalls said the industry had “taken a hard look” at the issue and it was “not clear how they’re going to address it”.
“In some cases they’re using the same plastic they used in the last five or 10 years,” he said.
Topics:government-and-politics,government-info,environment,environmental-impact,environment-management,environmentaling,consumer-protection,environmentaustraliaFirst posted October 11, 2019 07:20:04Contact James Haggerty