On Aug. 20, the Consumer Affairs Agency, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of the Environment held their first meeting on promoting decarbonization in the apparel industry. They confirmed that they will set new guidelines to reduce the use of materials in the clothing manufacturing process as part of efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
METI is already working to create new guidelines to make durable and recyclable clothing. It will incorporate measures to reduce waste generated as well as energy and water used in the manufacturing process and will call on industry to take action. The Ministry of the Environment will create a mechanism that makes more visible the greenhouse gases that are emitted in the manufacturing and distribution processes. (Abridged)