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Eliminating product waste - stores in France might be banned from throwing away unsold clothing

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has a goal to create a circular economy in France, and out of the numerous proposals, one of them is to prohibit throwing away any apparel that isn’t sold

  • June 18, 2018 12:30
  • Author Olya Georgieva
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According to the Fashion Network, Europe throws away four million tons of clothing while five million tons is put back into the market on an annual basis. In France alone, they represent 17.5% of that waste, and only 22.9% of what’s tossed out is recycled. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has a goal to create a circular economy in France, and out of the numerous proposals, one of them is to prohibit throwing away any apparel that isn’t sold.

France has been very progressive in terms of eliminating product waste. Two years ago, they were the first country to pass a law that prevented grocery stores and supermarkets from throwing away food that neared expiration. Now they’re having a same approach to the textile industry that prohibits throwing away unsold clothes. Along with food waste and textiles, they’re looking to eliminate waste in three other major industries: electronics, furniture, and hotels. Legislation is expected to pass at some point next year.

Source: World Economic Forum



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