France is reportedly mulling the introduction of a scoring system for clothing that will demonstrate how environmentally friendly a garment is.
According to a French publication, ConnexionFrance, a new system being proposed by the government will see clothing display a score from A to E.
The score will take into account “environmental impact” factors such as the carbon footprint of producing and transporting the clothes, the amount of water the garment took to produce, as well as the level of toxicity in the fabric and dye and whether or not the product can be recycled.
With the best scorers given an A and the most polluting given an E, the system aims to make consumers more aware of how their clothing has been produced.
The report says the government is aiming to make the label mandatory in all clothes within two years.
Earlier this month, the French government passed a law banning clothing brands and retailers from destroying unsold and returned items.
The ‘Loi Anti Gaspillage’ also covers electrical items, hygiene products, and cosmetics, which must now be reused, redistributed or recycled. The bill contains 130 articles and was adopted on 21 January when it was passed by the Senate and the National Assembly.
It forms part of the circular economy law France has set out. Its aims 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.