New cloth grading system developed by France

grade-1The French Government is establishing a clothing rating system, ranking A to E. The rating system takes into account environmental factors, such as carbon footprint of clothing manufacturing and transportation, water required for clothing manufacturing, fabric toxicity and coloring, and whether clothing can be recycled or reused.

The highest score was A, and the most serious pollution was E. The purpose of the system was to make consumers better understand the way and process of clothing production. In early February, the French government passed a law prohibiting clothing brands and retailers from destroying unsold and returned products. France took the lead in formulating the Loi Anti Gaspillage. The anti waste law covers electrical appliances, sanitary products and cosmetics, and must take measures such as ‘re-use’ (reused), ‘redistribution’ (redistributed) or ‘recycling’ (recycled). The bill contained 130 clauses and was passed by the Senate and the national assembly in January 21, 2020.

The new legislation is aimed at rising resource use in line with GDP production value by 30 percent between 2010 and 2030. The quantity of non-toxic waste is reduced by 50 per cent in 2025 compared to 2010. By 2025, the recycling and recycling goal of one hundred per cent of plastics is reduced; greenhouse gas emissions are reduced: 8 million tons of extra carbon dioxide emissions can be avoided per year by plastic recycling initiatives. Creating up to 300,000 extra jobs including existing ones.