The industry is still struggling to deal with the world’s biggest threat to its reputation: plastic garment.
Plastic bags, also known as microbeads, are a major problem in many of Australia’s major ports, including Melbourne, Port Hedland and Port Macquarie.
The containers, weighing hundreds of grams, are used in the manufacturing of everything from toothpaste to shampoo.
The bags are a significant problem in Australia’s domestic clothing market because they’re used in everything from the lining of underwear to the lining on swimming pools.
The packaging of microbagged garments is not new.
The problem started with a major manufacturer, Uniqlo, which has faced criticism in the past for the quality of its packaging.
But it is now a national problem.
It has become so prevalent that in November, the Australian Industry Group, an industry association, called for the Government to regulate the packaging of all microbags.
The Government has said it would consider such a regulation but so far has not committed to doing so.
The issue has become more serious as the popularity of microdots has increased.
Since January, more than 80 per cent of microbags used in Australia have been produced with plastic bags, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
It’s been estimated that in Australia there are now more than 10 million microbags in use.
The biggest manufacturer of microbag packaging in Australia is the International Plastic Bag Corporation, which makes the bags and packaging for the likes of Nike and the Gap.
It also supplies other major retailers including Jockey, Gilt Groupe, Gap and Tampax.
“They’ve been selling microbags for a long time, and they are getting better at manufacturing,” Mr Beddoe said.
“But they still need to improve their packaging to make it more suitable for the market and the environment.”
Uniqo said it was “aware of the concerns and we will be working closely with the Australian Manufacturing Standards Authority (AMSA) to address this issue in the future”.
“We are continuing to work with AMSA to address the issue and will continue to work closely with them in their efforts to improve packaging,” it said.
The International Plastic bag Corporation said the problem was caused by a lack of knowledge and education about the environmental and health impacts of microproducts.
The group said it worked with AMSAS to develop a policy and guidance that would “ensure a high standard of quality and safety for our customers”.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of plastic bags that are being used in packaging, and we are very concerned about the issue of microfiber packaging and the impact that it has on the environment.””
Uniqoz is a global leader in microbags, and as we have demonstrated time and time again, our products are safe, eco-friendly and are widely used by millions of people around the world. “
Unfortunately, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of plastic bags that are being used in packaging, and we are very concerned about the issue of microfiber packaging and the impact that it has on the environment.”
Uniqoz is a global leader in microbags, and as we have demonstrated time and time again, our products are safe, eco-friendly and are widely used by millions of people around the world.
“We take our responsibility to protect the environment very seriously, and continue to strive to produce and supply the best microbags and packaging available.”
Unixos chief executive officer Michael Gough said the industry was focused on working with the Government and AMSAs to address these issues.
“The packaging of our products is our responsibility, so we are working closely in consultation with the industry to develop an appropriate regulation,” he said.
He said Uniqos aim was to “help the Government make a clear decision to address a very serious issue, and that will be coming later this year”.
“It’s a really difficult time for the industry and for the consumers,” Mr Gough told the ABC.
So we’re doing our bit and we’re not going to sit back and let the industry run on its own.”