What you need to know about France's New Circular Economy Law.
The AGEC Décret n° 2022-748 Law enforces Article 541-9-1 of the environment code, requiring companies to inform consumers about the environmental impact of several categories of waste-producing products, including textiles, apparel and footwear.
The Anti-Waste for a Circular Economy (AGEC) Law was adopted on February 10th, 2020, and this decree was promulgated on April 29th, 2022.
The disclosure requirements will be gradually enforced from January 1st, 2023, contingent on the quantity of products sold in the French market that are subject to the disclosure obligations.
Texbase delivers data management solutions today for all of the disclosure requirements listed below and creates the foundation that solves for future digital product passport, digital labeling and circularity regulations.
|Disclosure Requirements from Article L541-9-1||How Texbase Helps Solve Data Management Challenges|
|Quantify Amount of Recycled Material Content|
- Provides a platform to manage fiber content data from fiber to finished product.
- Tracks percentage of recycled fiber content for each raw material and for the finished product.
|Communicate Extent of Product Recyclability|
- Texbase captures data for material recyclability & chemical composition, which are essential in determining the extent to which a product can be recycled.
- Data attributes track the results of analysis to determine if a product is recyclable and documents the steps a consumer needs to take when recycling a product.
|Identify Hazardous Substances (or lack thereof)|
- Material libraries for fabric and components track certified materials such as Bluesign or OEKO-TEX®
that confirm the materials do not contain harmful chemicals.
- Finished Product certificate management tracks manufacturers that are third party certified such as OEKO-TEX Made In Green.
- For materials that are not third-party certified, Texbase Testing and RSL
Guardian along with Texbase Connect capture chemical test results and thereby verify RSL compliance.
|Disclose Creation of Microplastics|
- Leveraging the Materials and Testing
modules in Texbase allows customers to test materials according to industry standards and determine the presence of microplastics.
- For AGEC specifically, the presence of synthetic fibers in the overall fiber content of the finished product determines whether the product creates microplastics.
|Identify Country of Supply Chain Partners for Apparel and Footwear Transparency|
- Texbase supply chain mapping tools allow for the documentation of suppliers
participating in a products’ value chain.
- Dynamically creates a holistic supply chain map of not just a finished product but is inclusive of its components as well.
- Enables full transparency of the product from raw material sourcing to final production including the Country of each value chain participant.
In addition to collecting these product attributes, the decree also states that this information needs to be:
- Available to the consumer at the point of purchase and
- Available for data aggregation with other systems.
Texbase provides access to this data via API which can be linked to a QR code.
How are you preparing to meet the demands of AGEC? We’re anxious to learn more about your requirements in this area.