France moves first on eco-label regulations

PARIS – “Legislation is coming, and there’s going to have to be transparency.” This was the stark conclusion drawn from a panel session on apparel sustainability I participated in at COP27 in Egypt in November. The subject was ‘Minimising Climate Impacts across the Value Chain’ and I was joined by model and activist, Arizona Muse, and Simone Cipriani of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion for the session. We agreed that collating a verified source of truth and linking it to a garment is going to be a game-changer in the apparel industry – whether brands like it or not.

While transparency has long been advocated as the key to driving circularity in fashion production and consumption, the French Decree 2022-748 AGEC (Anti-Waste for a Circular Economy Law) will make verified environmental labelling an absolute necessity for large clothing brands selling in France from January 2023, and smaller ones soon after. So, what can be done to prepare for this revolutionary step?

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