France Saves The Leftovers And Continues To Manage The Recycling Economy

- May 16, 2018-

In recent years, France’s efforts to combat food waste have seen initial results. Next, the government has focused its attention on the less-concerned waste of clothing, and is consciously forbidding clothing brands from arbitrarily discarding unsold new clothes.

In 2016, France stipulated that large shopping malls must donate unsold food to charities, and should not be discarded or destroyed. It was the first country in the world to enact anti-waste food bills.

The Ministry of Agriculture stated that the two years since the enactment of the bill has achieved positive results, food donations received by charities have increased by 22%, and Italy, Peru and Finland have also followed suit.

The French government announced again in April 2017 that it was trying to combat wasted food. The Congress was discussing measures that would force food and beverage companies to offer guests free food packages. The goal is to reduce the amount of wasted food by half by 2025.

After a slight effect on salvaging the leftovers, the government plans to start rescuing “leftovers,” which are new clothes that have not been sold.

The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe proposed a circular economy reform program, which mentioned that the government intends to propose to prohibit the discarding of unsold new clothes by 2019, which may force clothing brands to establish contact with charities in order to donate Clothing.

Some groups in France specialize in collecting old clothes, re-selling or giving a good state of cleansing, and creating rags or other fabrics with damage. One of the most well-known groups is Emmaus.

When Valerie Fayard, Deputy Chief Executive of Emmaus, said in an interview with Environmental Observations Platform Novithic, the government’s intentions are good news. From now until next year, the government has time to investigate the status quo, including how many items have been discarded and how the clothing brand has not been sold. Out of the clothing procedures.

In recent years, popular “fast fashion” has often been criticized. This type of clothing attracts consumers at low prices. From time to time, news about the exploitation of labor at the production end, manufacturing of environmental pollution, etc., and mass production and rapid renewal are also likely to lead to large amounts of waste.

The Le Figaro newspaper reported that in October last year, the Danish television program Operation X survey found that clothing brand H&M burned unsold clothing, which may amount to more than 10 metric tons a year. H&M admits that it does, but It claims that only products that are not fully compliant with safety regulations and cannot be sold or recovered cannot be sent for incineration.

In addition, Celio, a fashion retailer, was recently found to have discarded clothing and caused public outrage in the French social network.

The report quoted non-profit organization Eco TLC as saying that the textile industry is the largest polluting industry after the oil industry. Regardless of the manufacturing process or transportation, it will place a heavy burden on the environment. The French buy 600,000 metric tons of clothing, fabrics and shoes each year. Only one point is recycled and reused, there is still much room for improvement.