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France develops new scoring system for clothing

The French government is developing a scoring system for clothing, grading from A to E. The scoring system incorporates environmental impacts into consideration, such as carbon footprint of clothing production and transportation, water needed for clothing production, toxicity of fabrics and dyes, and whether clothes can be recycled or reused.

The highest score was A, and the most serious pollution was E. The purpose of the system was to make consumers better understand the way and process of clothing production. In early February, the French government passed a law prohibiting clothing brands and retailers from destroying unsold and returned products. France took the lead in formulating the Loi Anti Gaspillage. The anti waste law covers electrical appliances, sanitary products and cosmetics, and must take measures such as ‘re-use’ (reused), ‘redistribution’ (redistributed) or ‘recycling’ (recycled). The bill contained 130 clauses and was passed by the Senate and the national assembly in January 21, 2020.

The purpose of the new law is to reduce the consumption of resources by 30 per cent between 2010 and 2030 according to the proportion of GDP output value. Compared to 2010, the amount of non-toxic waste is reduced by 50 per cent in 2025. Before 2025, the target of one hundred percent plastics recycling and recycling is reduced; greenhouse gas emissions are reduced: 8 million tons of extra carbon dioxide emissions can be avoided each year through plastic recycling measures. Create up to 300 thousand extra jobs, including new jobs.

 
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