The government said the move is to encourage better inventory management

The government said the move is to encourage better inventory management

The President of France, Edouard Philippe, is mulling legislation that will prevent retailers from destroying or disposing of unsold clothing.

Currently, under French law, producers and retailers of food are forbidden to destroy unsold goods, instead, they are required to donate it to charities. The government is now looking at extending the ban to clothing, electronics, plastics, and other products.

The government has now set a deadline of between 2021-2023 by which point suppliers and retailers of such non-food items will be prohibited to dispose of or destroy them. The law will require producers, importers and distributors to donate, reuse, reuse or recycle unsold goods.

The legislation is part of the circular economy law France has set out, which is due to be presented to the Council of Ministers in July.

The objectives of the law are a 30% reduction in resource consumption in relation to GDP between 2010 and 2030; a 50% reduction in the amount of non-hazardous waste landfilled by 2025, compared to 2010' aim towards 100% of plastics recycled by 2025; reduce greenhouse gas emissions: avoid the emission of 8m additional tonnes of CO2 each year thanks to plastic recycling; create up to 300,000 additional jobs, including in new professions.

"The ultimate idea is to minimise the number of unsold items through better inventory management, and to promote the social and solidarity economy through donation," said a statement from the government.

"It's a world first. Having been a forerunner in the fight against food waste, France is now the first country to adopt such a policy to fight the disposal of unsold products."