France is weighing whether to implement penalty fees for fast fashion clothing items as a way to cut the industry’s environmental impact. A parliamentary committee is discussing a proposed bill that would charge fast fashion companies up to 10 Euros (about $10.87) per item told, or up to 50% of the selling price of fast fashion items to brands. As of 2019, 43% of surveyed shoppers in France said they typically bought clothing from fast fashion retailers. Last year, France began allowing citizens to claim between 6 and 25 euros (about $6.52 to $27.17) on the cost of repairs by certified repair professionals. People throw out about 700,000 metric tons of clothing in France each year, and about 66% of that waste is sent to landfills.

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