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Strategies For Tackling Unsustainable Polybag Usage

Polybags are ubiquitous in the fashion industry. Can this single use plastic packaging ever be sustainable? We look at the options.

Over 90 billion polybags are used in the fashion industry each year, mainly made from petroleum based plastic. Read more in Fashion’s Polybag Addiction: Drowning In Plastic.

Sustainability best practice has a hierarchy of what to do with waste: first remove, then reduce, then reuse and only then start to consider alternatives to landfill.

Designing out polybags

Removing polybags entirely is not somewhere most fashion businesses have gone, however, prAna saved 28,000 tons of polybag plastic i…

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Clare Lissaman

Head of Oxfam Advisory Services at Oxfam and 2 others

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