The "fast fashion" mode causes waste of resources, and the new EU regulations prohibit clothing enterprises from destroying unsold products.

According to a number of foreign media reports from the World Wide Web, in order to crack down on the "fast fashion" mode and reduce the waste of resources, the European Union recently approved new regulations prohibiting large retail enterprises from destroying unsold clothing and footwear.

According to reports, the new regulations not only require enterprises to improve the "durability, reusability, upgradeability and repairability" of their products, but also require garment manufacturers to provide product information through Digital Product Passport. The EU said that enterprises must "take measures to prevent this practice" to make products more durable, facilitate subsequent recycling and reduce resource consumption.

It is reported that the destruction of unsold inventory goods is an open secret of the fashion industry, and the EU hopes to end these unsustainable practices. Alexandra Moreti, a member of the European Parliament, said in a statement: "It is time to end the’ acquisition, manufacturing and disposal’ model, which is very harmful to our planet, our health and our economy." He also said that "banning the destruction of unsold textiles and footwear products will help change the way fast fashion manufacturers produce goods".

Scott Lipinski, CEO of the German Fashion Association and the European Fashion Federation (EFA), said that the EU needs to clarify the meaning of "unsold goods" and "destruction". For the association, unsold goods mean that they are suitable for consumption or sale (excluding fakes and samples). The industry is also firmly committed to opening up new methods, such as remanufacturing and upgrading recycling, which give unsold products a second life and allow creative freedom.

It is reported that the new regulation issued by the European Union will take effect for large enterprises in two years, and medium-sized enterprises can be exempted from the regulation for six years, while smaller enterprises (less than 50 employees) can be exempted. Some data show that the influence of textile consumption on climate change is second only to food, housing and transportation.