Primark's post-lockdown sales boost has sparked a debate about class and consumerism.
The retail giant's owners, Associated British Foods, say that their sales are better now than they were a year ago. A company spokesperson described the news as "reassuring and encouraging" as it suggests that British shoppers are willing to return to the high street post-lockdown.
But not everyone is quite so thrilled by this news. Some people raised concerns about the company's impact on the planet and alleged treatment of its low-paid workers.
Still gets me that so many people were saying at the beginning of lockdown that they would shop locally & sustainab… https://t.co/ThpcOvdhby
— 🐾Alyssa Taylor 🐝🌻🐾 (@🐾Alyssa Taylor 🐝🌻🐾)
Primark say that they are committed to promoting "environmentally sustainable practices and continuously [improving] our environmental management where possible". But they have received a "middle rating" from self-appointed watchdog Ethical Consumer and a "not good enough" rating from similar organisation Good On You.
As well as criticising their environmental record, Good On You allege that there is "no evidence" Primark ensures the "payment of a living wage in its supply chain" and that they introduced "inadequate safeguards" to protect workers and suppliers during the coronavirus pandemic.