CELC is joining The PEFCR Apparel & Footwear as voting member

Ecology and Environment

The European Confederation of Flax and Hemp | CELC is joining the Technical Secretariat of the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rule (PEFCR) in Apparel & Footwear

The European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – CELC, the only European agro-industrial organization and the only body responsible for all technical, scientific, and economic data on flax, was unanimously approved to become a voting member of the Technical Secretariat of the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rule in Apparel & Footwear (PEFCR A&F).


Apparel & Footwear PEFCR: a European and global ambition.

By the end of 2022, PEFCR A&F is expected to become the only methodology recognized by the EU and its member states that uses multiple criteria to measure the environmental impact of finished apparel and footwear products throughout their life cycle. The PEFCR A&F would thus become THE single harmonized global methodology and will eventually be used by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, whose Higg Index – a method for calculating and collecting environmental footprint data – currently includes data on European Flax® flax fiber.


Thanks to its non-compartmentalized approach and ability to work with a network of technical experts institutes, with specialized in flax-growing – such as ARVALIS and INAGRO – the CELC can place flax fiber within the PEFCR A&F framework, before environmental labels are introduced for apparel and footwear. The CELC’s goals are to:

  • Be the warrant of data on flax to provide reliable information all the way down to the final consumer.
  • Ensure that the unique qualities of flax are accounted for when using PEFCR A&F to assess environmental impact.


As a voting member of PEFCR A&F and a source of reliable scientific data on flax fiber, CELC represents all industry players.

“CELC’s participation in the Technical Secretariat for apparel and footwear of the Product Environmental Footprint reflects its desire to build together in a practical manner and to make a tangible technical contribution to a new methodology, meeting consumers’ expectations while maintaining transparency,” Marie-Emmanuelle Belzung, General Delegate of the CELC, noted.


CELC, a driver of the future of the linen industry, has decided to conduct and is currently developing a study of the environmental impact of scutched European Flax® flax fiber using PEFCR A&F methodology. In this way, linen will become the first agro-industrial sector to assess its own environmental impact using the new European methodology. This basic data and information will be released shortly, allowing all linen industry players, brands, manufacturers, and their partners to obtain the tools they need to prepare for regulatory changes and meet consumer expectations.


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Author: Editorial Staff