Circular Economy Act

circular economy

On 15/01/2019, the bill for a circular economy and better waste management, is divided into six articles. let’s decipher the changes in the textile sector ! In short, only clause 5 interests us for this article, it is the only one that speaks of the textile industry its unsold and its waste. 

Article 5 provides for a ban on the disposal of unsold textiles, household cloths and footwear by directing them primarily towards re-employment, reuse and recycling, in accordance with measure 15 of the circular Economy Roadmap. 

Measure 15 of the Circular Economy Roadmap : Promote by 2019 the main principles of the fight against food waste for the textile sector to ensure that the unsold, this line is neither discarded nor disposed of.

This measure responds to a strong expectation of society, which no longer tolerates products in good condition, or even new, being discarded. It also makes it clear that unsold textiles whose producers, importers and distributors are defeating  or intend to dispose of are waste and should therefore be managed in accordance with the waste treatment hierarchy. This consists of preventing and reducing waste production, in particular by reusing it and then favouring, in order, the reuse of waste, its recycling, other forms of recovery and then its disposal. Thus, to the extent that these products are subject to an extended producer responsibility regime and therefore have a recycling channel covering the entire territory, it is not permissible for textiles to be sent directly for disposal, without even considering their re-employment, reuse or recycling. 

Article 5 [Textile]

After Article L.541-15-8 of the Environmental Code created by this Act, the following Article is inserted :

“Art. L 541-15-9.
As from 1 January 2020, producers, importers and distributors of new textile clothing products, footwear or household linen shall be held, provided that this is technically possible, in order of priority, re-employment, reuse or recycle their unsold materials. ” Failure to comply with the provisions of this section shall be punished, for each section, by the fine prescribed for third-class contraventions.”

For the textile industry, much work remains to be done, and the law is still unclear. Indeed, banning the burning of unsold or damaged products, is not a solution, but simply a dressing. We must take the problem as a whole, and analyze it from the root : Why so many textiles created at first? And why so poor quality ? And Why


How can we reduce this textile production, or how can we already imagine the end-of-life of these textiles from the beginning of the process of creating it ? Here are the basics of eco-design, and it is towards this business model that all textile companies will have to tend if they want to one day no longer be in second place on the podium of the most polluting industries in the world. 

You want to be accompanied in the eco-design, in my training on recycled and circular materials in clothing textiles and accessories, I offer no less than 6 renowned eco-design agencies. 

My video HERE.







The bill is visible HERE leaked mid-january 2019 in the press 🙂
The circular economy readmap is visible HERE presented on April 23, 2018

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