All about AGEC law

The anti-waste law for a circular economy (AGEC) aims to accelerate the change of production and consumption model to limit waste and preserve natural resources, biodiversity and climate. 

What is the AGEC law?

The law n° 2020-105 of February 10th, 2020 relating to the fight against waste and the circular economy (AGEC) gives a great boost to the ecological transition. It marks an important step for the TLC sector (Clothing, Linen & Footwear), which is firmly committed to sustainable development, and completes the initiatives already taken in this direction.

The terms and conditions of application of the AGEC law are set out in the regulations (decrees and orders). To learn more, consult our Essential (link to PDF new tab) which decodes the text of the law for the textile and footwear sector. You can also find the official text and more elements on the website of the Ministry of Ecological Transition here

The terms and conditions of application of the AGEC law are set out in the regulations (decrees and orders). To learn more, consult our Essential (link to PDF new tab) which decodes the text of the law for the textile and footwear sector. You can also find the official text and more elements on the website of the Ministry of Ecological Transition here

Sorting info: Article 17 of AGEC law

The sorting info, with the Triman, was validated on 1st February 2022 and specified by application decree n°2021-835. This label will be mandatory on all textile, household linen and footwear products marketed in France from 1st February 2023 (the stockpiles of manufactured/imported products have to be sold off before 1st August 2023).

Two tools are available to assist you in the deployment of this sorting info:

  • A guide available in French and English, which contains all the recommendations you need.

The guide has been created to meet your consumers' need for information and to bring you into compliance with the new regulatory requirements. 

Download all the useful documents 

Among the ERP systems existing in France, some are also concerned by the sorting information labelling. Each sorting information has different characteristics, so please contact directly the eco-organizations concerned by the prevention and end-of-life management of your products. If necessary, you could consult the page of the ADEME (available only in French, please use a translation tool to get the information) which lists the existing EPR systems and eco-organizations. 

 

The sorting info, with the Triman, was validated on 1st February 2022 and specified by application decree n°2021-835. This label will be mandatory on all textile, household linen and footwear products marketed in France from 1st February 2023 (the stockpiles of manufactured/imported products have to be sold off before 1st August 2023).

Two tools are available to assist you in the deployment of this sorting info:

  • A guide available in French and English, which contains all the recommendations you need.

The guide has been created to meet your consumers' need for information and to bring you into compliance with the new regulatory requirements. 

Download all the useful documents 

Among the ERP systems existing in France, some are also concerned by the sorting information labelling. Each sorting information has different characteristics, so please contact directly the eco-organizations concerned by the prevention and end-of-life management of your products. If necessary, you could consult the page of the ADEME (available only in French, please use a translation tool to get the information) which lists the existing EPR systems and eco-organizations. 

 

Consumer information on environmental qualities and characteristics: Article 13 of the AGEC law

In application of article R.541-221 VI of the environmental code, Refashion informs its members as follows:

Refashion considers that no information relating to the recyclability of textile products of clothing, household linen and shoes does not have to be placed at the disposal of the consumers. Therefore, there is no need to include any information in the product sheet entitled "Environmental qualities and characteristics".

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Regarding bonus and penalties, information will be communicated to you as soon as possible (January 2023), as it is linked to our request for re-accreditation, underway with the public authorities.

For your questions concerning any other subject related to Article 13 (traceability, incorporation of recycled materials, plastic microfibers, etc.), please refer directly to the FAQ published by the Ministry of Ecological Transition (available only in French, please use a translation tool to get the information) or contact your professional federation. 

Environmental labelling: Article 2 of the Climate and Resilience Law (which repeals Article 15 of the AGEC law)

In France, environmental labelling of textiles and footwear is currently being tested under the Climate and Resilience Law. At the end of the experiments, an application decree will be published and may make this display mandatory. To learn more, visit our dedicated page on the Eco design platform.

New terms and conditions for the application of the AGEC law

Prevention and eco-design plan: Article 72 AGEC law

According to Article L 541-10-12 of the AGEC law enacted in February 2020, "Every producer is required to develop and implement a prevention and eco-design plan with the objective of reducing the use of non-renewable resources, increasing the use of recycled materials, and increasing the recyclability of its products in treatment facilities located on the national territory." Refashion is working on the elaboration of individual and common prevention and eco-design plans for the sector to make them available by the end of 2022. We will inform you of the delivery date as soon as we have more visibility.

Waste prevention and eco-design plan: Article 72 AGEC Law

Waste prevention and eco-design plan: Article 72 AGEC Law

Article 72 of the French AGEC law provides for a measure on a waste prevention and eco-design plan.

This stipulates :

“Art. L. 541-10-12 – All producers cited in article L 541-10-1 are obliged to establish and implement a waste prevention and eco-design plan with the aim of reducing the use of non-renewable resources, of increasing the use of recycled materials and increasing the recyclability of products in treatment facilities located in France.”

“This plan is reviewed every five years. It may be individual plan or one common to several producers. It shall include a review of the previous plan and define the objectives and actions to be taken in waste prevention and eco-design that will be be implemented by the producer over the next five years. The eco-organisation established by the producers may create a plan common to all its members.”

“Individual and common plans are sent to the eco-organisation established by the producers, which publishes a publicly available summary after having presented it to a body that is representative of  the industry’s stakeholders. ”

 

This obligation concerns all producers cited in Article L. 541-10-1 of the French Environment Code.

The producers are the marketers, who may be industrialists, manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, or retailers. 

 

How is an individual waste prevention and eco-design plan written?  

Refashion worked with Ecosystem, Ecomaison, and Citeo on the establishment of a template for writing individual waste prevention and eco-design plans that we hereby offer you in order to make writing your plan easier. This template is delivered with a guide to writing a plan. 

What you need to do:

  1. Complete the "Individual Waste Prevention and Eco-design Plan Template" excel table using the guide to help you. 

  2. Implement the objectives you have set.

  3. Submit your plan to Refashion by 31 July at the latest, in order for Refashion to write a publicly available summary (more information on the submission methods will follow).

 

Download the template and writing guide

 

Refashion is currently working on an individual prevention and eco-design plan to provide you with examples of objectives and indicators. You will be able to use this framework as a basis for your individual plan.

Waste prevention and eco-design plan: Article 72 AGEC Law

Article 72 of the French AGEC law provides for a measure on a waste prevention and eco-design plan.

This stipulates :

“Art. L. 541-10-12 – All producers cited in article L 541-10-1 are obliged to establish and implement a waste prevention and eco-design plan with the aim of reducing the use of non-renewable resources, of increasing the use of recycled materials and increasing the recyclability of products in treatment facilities located in France.”

“This plan is reviewed every five years. It may be individual plan or one common to several producers. It shall include a review of the previous plan and define the objectives and actions to be taken in waste prevention and eco-design that will be be implemented by the producer over the next five years. The eco-organisation established by the producers may create a plan common to all its members.”

“Individual and common plans are sent to the eco-organisation established by the producers, which publishes a publicly available summary after having presented it to a body that is representative of  the industry’s stakeholders. ”

 

This obligation concerns all producers cited in Article L. 541-10-1 of the French Environment Code.

The producers are the marketers, who may be industrialists, manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, or retailers. 

 

How is an individual waste prevention and eco-design plan written?  

Refashion worked with Ecosystem, Ecomaison, and Citeo on the establishment of a template for writing individual waste prevention and eco-design plans that we hereby offer you in order to make writing your plan easier. This template is delivered with a guide to writing a plan. 

What you need to do:

  1. Complete the "Individual Waste Prevention and Eco-design Plan Template" excel table using the guide to help you. 

  2. Implement the objectives you have set.

  3. Submit your plan to Refashion by 31 July at the latest, in order for Refashion to write a publicly available summary (more information on the submission methods will follow).

 

Download the template and writing guide

 

Refashion is currently working on an individual prevention and eco-design plan to provide you with examples of objectives and indicators. You will be able to use this framework as a basis for your individual plan.

Need Help ?

For all other questions, we advise you to get in touch with the professional federation that represents you so they can help you.

For all other questions, we advise you to get in touch with the professional federation that represents you so they can help you.

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