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Anti-waste law: clothing will have to mention new information

The next obligation to trace the origin of textile products sold in France is a “revolution” favorable to French manufacturers who locate most of their production stages in France, welcomed the France Terre Textile group on Friday May 13. meeting in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin). According to this collective of industrialists in the sector, the entry into force on January 1, 2023 of the obligation will give its “full effect” to its own label “France Terre Textile”.

Introduced by a decree of April 29 in application of the Agec law (anti-waste for a circular economy), it will require marketers (distributors, importers, producers, etc.) to include the indication of the country in which the main weaving, dyeing-printing and tailoring operations. It will apply from 1 January next for the largest players, before a gradual extension over two years, up to the threshold of 10 million euros in turnover.

“This labeling is a revolution, a tremendous victory, which makes textiles a forerunner of consumer transparency”, predicts Paul de Montclos, president of France Terre Textile. However, “we still have to work by January 1 to make these rules SME-compatible and our objective is to help the State”, warned Mr. de Montclos.

The “France Terre Textile” label is reserved for manufacturers “carrying out at least 75% of their production operations in France”, explained Mr. de Montclos. For the time being, it has been awarded, after an external audit, to 150 companies with 7,000 employees, or around 12% of the workforce in the French textile industry, according to the collective. “We have by far not yet toured all the labelisable”, added Eric Boël, president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes section.

According to France Terre Textile, its label is more demanding than the Made in France and the Origine France Garantie, because, unlike these, one or two stages of production with high added value are not enough to win it. The new obligations should help increase the share of French production in national textile consumption, currently capping at 5%. “One more point is 4,000 jobs that we can bring back to France,” said Benoît Basier, president of the Alsace section of France Terre Textile. In addition, “a kilo of textile produced in France and recycled releases 10 times less C02 than that purchased abroad”, noted Mr. Boël, referring to a 2021 study by the firm Cycleco.

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