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The pandemic has caused clothes sales to slump 25 percent, the biggest drop in 23 years when records began, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. While shops have reported a rise in demand for certain clothing such as pyjamas and loungewear, desire for formal wear has plunged.

But a growing appreciation of the outdoors thanks to lockdown has put the environmentally-damaging impact of fast fashion in focus. Express.co.uk is asking readers, have your views of fast fashion changed since the pandemic started?

People have shifted to online apps such as Vinted to sell or swap their clothes, instead of buying more in a bid to break their habits. Do you buy second hand clothes?

Around 350,000 tons of wearable clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year, a waste worth about £140m, charity Clothes Aid said.

Since the pandemic started, fast fashion giants such as Boohoo have come under fire for alleged “failings” in its supply chain, including low pay and poor working conditions.

The fashion retailer yesterday said it was not “aware of any investigation” by US Customs and Border Protection following reports it could face a US import ban over labour abuse allegations.

Boohoo told investors in a stock market announcement that it is confident with actions it is taking to ensure its products pass US customs criteria, amid a clamp-down on items made using forced labour.

It said it is continuing to fulfil orders for US customers and will “work with any competent authority to provide assurance that products from its supply chain meet the required standard”.

In a statement, Boohoo said: “The group has not received any correspondence from, nor is it aware of any investigation by, US Customs and Border Protection.

“Over the past eight months the group has been working closely with UK enforcement bodies.

“If the group were to discover any suggestion of modern-day slavery it would immediately disclose this to the relevant authorities.”

It comes after allegations last year some factories in the UK working for Boohoo were paying staff as little as £3.50 an hour and had working conditions which did not meet lockdown restrictions.

In January, Boohoo said it was making “excellent progress” to put in place recommendations following Ms Levitt’s report, with it removing 64 companies from its supplier list as a result.

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