France: new labelling rules for consumer goods with a focus on the circular economy

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In anticipation of EU measures for the circular economy and product sustainability, France has adopted new environmental labelling measures for consumer goods that generate waste with the aim of urging companies to provide correct information to consumers. Among the products affected are textiles and footwear. The new rules are applicable from 1 January 2023 based on turnover.

The new rules were published in the implementing decree No. 2022-748 of 29 April 2022, after having been included in the French Environment Code (Article L541-9-1), which came into force on 1 January 2022. They require manufacturers and importers of articles on the French market to inform consumers, at the time of purchase, about the environmental characteristics of products, through marking, labelling and in electronic format.

The information to be provided refers in particular to: % recycled content, use of renewable resources, durability of the product, compostability, possibility of repair and reuse, recyclability of the product and presence of harmful substances.

Among the different categories of products concerned, for example for textiles and footwear, indications must be given on the % of recycled material that may have been used, information must be provided to allow traceability of products, and the release of any plastic microfibres into the environment during washing must be indicated.

Traceability must also indicate the main country of origin where certain processes take place: for textiles, weaving, dyeing/printing, cutting and sewing; for footwear, stitching (upper), assembly and finishing.

The new measures contained in the decree are applicable

  • from 1 January 2023 for manufacturers or importers with an annual turnover of more than €50 million and responsible for placing at least 25,000 articles on the French market
  • from 1 January 2024 for manufacturers or importers with an annual turnover exceeding 20 million euros and are responsible for placing at least 10,000 articles on the French market.

 

For more information you can consult the link to the Law (in French)

https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/jorf/id/JORFTEXT000045726094

Author: Patrizia Lombardini
Technical International Dept. Manager