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In this age of [consumerism / consumers] , we unnecessarily discard millions of tons of clothes every year. A lot of [them / these] items are as good as new. Some may be a little threadbare or [miss / mess] a button or [too / two] . France has come up with a new scheme to encourage people to increase the longevity of their [apparel / apparatus] . The government will pay a "repair bonus" to people who get their [garments / gourmets] repaired at special repair workshops, or take their shoes to a [gobbler / cobbler] . The bonus allows individuals to [claim / clammer] back up to $27 of the cost of their repair bill. The scheme will be run [of / by] an eco-organization called Refashion. The government said the goals of its new initiative are "to support those who carry [on / out] repairs" and help the environment.

An [estimated / esteemed] 700,000 tons of clothing are thrown away in France every year. Around two-thirds of this ends [down / up] in landfills. Furthermore, the global fashion industry [reports / accounts] for between 8-10 per cent of global carbon [remissions / emissions] every year. The emergence of fast fashion has exacerbated [these / this] . Fast fashion is the practice of purchasing cheap [cloths / clothes] to wear just a few times. It utilizes a lot of synthetic materials and chemicals, which harm the environment. The Refashion group also aims to [discourage / encourage] people to reduce the amount of clothing [we / they] buy, and to donate unwanted clothes and footwear [to / in] charity. It says over half of donations can be [refused / reused] , and a third can be recycled into something new.

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