SGS, the world’s leading testing,
inspection and certification company, has published an overview of new recycling
sorting symbols for clothing, household linens and footwear to help stakeholders
operating in France.
On February 1, 2022, Re_fashion
published new recycling symbols approved by the French Ministry for Ecological
Transition. These relate to a requirement in Article 17 of France’s Anti-waste
Law for a Circular Economy (AGEC Law) and Decree n° 2021-835 of June 29, 2021,
making it mandatory for consumer products to have standardized information to
support more efficient recycling.
Re_fashion is financed to handle textile
recycling actions, including the development and submission of signage in
compliance with these rules.
Companies operating in France now
have until February 1, 2023, to ensure new products have the required signage.
Pre-existing stocks – defined as products manufactured or imported prior to
February 1, 2023 – must comply by August 1, 2023.
SGS’s original SafeGuardS 050/22 provides
a helpful overview of the new symbols, including examples.
Stakeholders should also be aware
that consumer product packaging now has a set of symbols for recycling, which
were published in November 2021. Therefore, consumer products should have two
sets of signage – one for the product (textile, clothing, footwear) and one for
Commitment to the Circular Economy
SGS experts closely monitor the evolution
of France’s AGEC Law. They assist manufacturers with physical/mechanical
testing, analytical testing and consultancy work for technical and
non-technical parameters applicable to a comprehensive range of consumer
Learn more about SGS’s Commitment to the Circular Economy.
SGS Softlines Services
SGS has a global network of over 40
state-of-the-art laboratories, including 10 in China, specializing in testing
of apparel, footwear, and home textiles. Their committed team is drawn from
multi-disciplinary backgrounds, allowing them to conduct a comprehensive range
of physical, chemical, and functional testing services for components,
materials and finished products. SGS helps companies ensure quality,
performance, and compliance with international, industrial, and regulatory
standards worldwide. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested.
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