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How a California law could change fast fashion’s waste management

On Behalf of | Sep 22, 2023 | Environmental Law

The Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023 is a recently proposed California law that intends to protect the environment. It aims to promote more sustainable waste management practices and is part of broader waste management efforts in the state. The law could have significant implications for waste management practices in California as it particularly targets those who produce textile products.

The Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023

The Responsible Textile Recovery Act explains how fashion brands should handle textile waste. For instance, outlined in the act is a repeated term called ‘postconsumer textile products.’ This term refers to used clothing or textile items. These items have been bought before but are now unwanted or discarded by the consumer. This is why they’re called ‘postconsumer’ textiles. Once in effect, the law could help fashion brands understand textile product disposal and management. This includes properly disposing of various items, such as:
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Bedding
  • Curtains
  • Window coverings
  • Accessories
  • Towels
  • Tapestries
  • Tablecloths
  • Napkins
  • Linens
  • Pillows
In today’s world, it is a must to recycle and reduce waste from clothing brands and their manufacturing practices. Fast fashion, which prioritizes profit over sustainability, is a rapidly growing industry. The law understands this fact. So, it aims to address the environmental effects of textiles through disposal management. To follow the law, big companies must reduce their water consumption and improve microfiber filtration.

Impact on fast fashion brands

Once the law is in place, fast fashion brands in the U.S. will need to comply with regulations on textile recovery and reduce waste. This includes implementing measures to encourage textile recycling and reducing carbon emissions and water usage in their production. While fast fashion brands may face challenges in following the law, they must embrace this opportunity to invest in sustainability. Specifically, they could invest in creating sustainable practices that could help protect the environment. It is important to note that noncompliance with the law can result in penalties and social consequences. Thus, fashion brands have no choice but to adapt and incorporate sustainable practices into their operations.