At Least Big Left Isn’t Telling Us What to Wear … Oh

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In their interminable war to make peasants conform to preindustrial lifestyles, the Luddites of European Commission (EC), have found another avenue of attack. (It doesn’t matter what the EU does, because Leftists in America look to the EU as the model for future policies.

Brussels claims that the strategy “sets forth the vision and concrete actions in order to ensure that textile products placed on EU markets by 2030 are long-lived, recyclable, made as much possible from recycled fibres and free of hazardous substances, and respect social rights and the environment.”

That’s all well and good. However, there are certain things society has innovated over time that are healthier, more efficient, and better performing. Textiles are definitely one of them. Performance fabrics are now more fashionable and can improve everyone’s life quality, from both a fitness standpoint as well as a fashion perspective. It is easier than ever for people to exercise, while still being dry and comfortable. Plus, fashion is fickle. Modern textiles allow for fast and flexible production of stylish clothes that everyone can afford.

Frans Timmermans, EC Vice President, says that all textiles should be durable, recyclable, made from recycled fibers, and free of harmful substances. To sell the next round of crushing regulations, he exaggerated that clothes should last more than three washes.

Ioana Popescu, NGO Environmental Coalition on Standards stated that “the Commission seeks to stop fast fashion by introducing rules on fabrics to be used on the European market.”

Fast fashion, the antagonist in the EC’s textiles takeover story, refers to trendy, fun items like the soft, buttery yoga leggings or the cozy teddy bear fleeces. These were essential for many people who had to endure the cold, dark winter.

Fast fashion also refers to apparel brands that are affordable for normal people. The EC’s brilliant minds have everything covered! According to the plan, “Increased durability will allow consumers to wear clothing for longer periods of time and support circular business models like reuse, rental and repair and second-hand retail in a way which creates cost-saving opportunities for citizens.”

Timmermans stated that high-end fashion houses are “always the first to show how the way forward is.” Naturally, the commission will look to luxury brands to lead the transformation of the apparel industry. Elites will only be able to afford the new eco-garments.