11 August 2023

AGEC Law Mandates Environmental Labeling for French Textiles

In today’s world, sustainability and environmental awareness have become increasingly important. Consumers are seeking products that not only look good but also have a positive impact on the planet.

The French government passed the AGEC law in 2020. AGEC Law (Article 15) mandates environmental score labels on textile products sold in France by 2024. This labeling system, developed by ADEME (the French Sustainable Transition Agency), will provide consumers with information about the environmental impact of the textiles they purchase.

Just as Nutri-Score simplifies comparing food, environmental textile scores simplify comparing the environmental impact of those textiles. From organic cotton to recycled materials, this labeling system showcases the efforts of brands in minimizing their ecological footprint.

Explore the impact of the French apparel standard on the fashion industry and how Pilario’s solutions can assist you.

What does the AGEC law say about environmental labeling?

On 10/02/2020, France adopted the AGEC Law, which consists of 130 articles and is part of the French environmental code. Specifically, articles 13, 15, 17, 35, and 62 cover the Apparel (textile) and Footwear sector.

Article 13 of the AGEC law mandates environmental labels informing consumers about a product’s environmental impact across its life cycle, from raw material extraction to end-of-life disposal.

The environmental display requirement was further expanded by the ‘Climate and Resilience’ Law (n°2021 1104) on August 22, 2021, to include more product categories, such as furniture and electronic devices.

Who is affected? 

This regulation doesn’t only impact French companies. It applies to all producers, importers, distributors, or other parties with an annual turnover exceeding 50M€. They must comply if they place at least 25,000 waste-generating consumer products in the French market.

An exception exists for products placed on the market between January 1, 2023, and March 31, 2023, for their last units.

In 2024, the law will extend to an annual turnover of more than 20 million euros and at least 10,000 pieces on the French market.

And in 2025 the decree will extend to an annual turnover of more than 10 million euros and 10,000 pieces on the French market.

Eco-Score Textile: Making Fashion More Sustainable

Ademe’s environmental labeling is an eco score that provides consumers with information about the environmental impact. The labels are based on a set of criteria that assess the environmental impact of a textile throughout its product life cycle. 

They have introduced visual indicators (A-B-C-D-E) to assist consumers in making informed, sustainable choices. These indicators allow consumers to see at a glance how sustainable a particular textile item is.

The eco-score textile is a powerful tool that can help consumers make more sustainable choices about the clothes they buy. Furthermore, it helps brands communicate their commitment to sustainability to stakeholders. By 2024, every item of clothing sold in France will require a label detailing its precise climate impact. The rest of the European Union expects to follow a similar rule by 2026, called the PEFCR Apparel & Footwear.

What is the methodology behind ADEME’s environmental labeling?

The calculation of the environmental impact of textiles takes into account the following five factors, as defined by the ADEME framework:

  • What is the function or service provided by the product? 
  • To what extent does the function or service cover the user’s needs?
  • What level of quality do you desire for the function or service?
  • How long is the expected lifespan of the product?
  • Which CPA code(s) (Classification of products by activity in the economic community) are associated with the product?

This results in a calculated rating from A to E, which considers the textile’s entire life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the disposal of the product, using life cycle assessment (LCA) methods.

The current environmental labeling applies to three categories: clothing, shoes and other textiles.

Pilario: The Solution to Your Textile Sustainability Needs 

The French government is set to enforce eco-labeling of all textile products by 2024, and it’s likely that other countries will follow suit. This is a major leap forward in the textile industry’s journey towards sustainability. It will provide consumers the information they need to make informed, sustainable choices about the products they buy.

At Pilario we offer a range of software tools to quickly and easily calculate your products’ environmental footprint regardless of your industry.

For the textile industry, our BPX Textile Tool is a powerful resource that can help you stay ahead of the curve and meet future eco-labeling requirements. Our software calculates and projects the environmental impact score of your textiles today, ensuring compliance with future requirements. 

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