With sustainable shopping as a high priority for consumers, many brands have already started making changes in their business model, paying more attention to the recycling options for their products and packaging, as sustainability is taking a central role.
Aligned with the general EU Green Deal initiative, or the newly released EU Strategy for sustainable and circular textiles, both France and Italy want to make sure that brands are more transparent and tell consumers how to recycle the packaging of the garments they purchase. Thus, the two countries have adopted a set of rules that need to be applied by June 30th (Italy) and September 2022 (France), concerning all brands shipping products there.
The two initiatives mark a joint act of responsibility that interests every actor in the supply chain. The “Triman” sorting logo is part of the “Sorting signage for household packaging” regulations in France and is called “Signalétique de tri des emballages ménagers”, in French. The initiative is part of the “Anti-waste and circular economy law n°2020-105 of 10 february 2020, article 17“.
The “Italian environmental labelling for packaging” regulation is thus called “Etichettatura ambientale obbligatoria degli imballaggi” originally, and can be found in the “Legislative Decree no. 116 of 3 September 2020” (“Decreto legislative del 3 settembre 2020“). And both can be hard to implement without access to trusted sources of information and direction for application.
Hangtags in the French Market?
Anything that is considered packaging should be labelled with the Triman logo and feature recycling instructions no matter if it is cork, cotton, plastic, glass or organic material, in France. Even if this does not guarantee that all products will be recycled, the goal is to make sure that waste is collected and sorted for maximised recycling. Different accessories with different materials featured in one product (i.e. paper hangtag with cotton string) can be indicated separately as materials, inviting the consumer to separate each part before putting it all in the recycling bin. Even if this is not mandatory, brands should be proactive and expect this might become mandatory soon as well.
The two regulations’ implementation date was, initially, January 1st, 2022, with a grace period after which brands shipping to France or Italy will need to comply. The two countries have extended the deadline to June 30th 2022 in Italy, and September 2022 for France.
Thanks to our in-house team of experts, and with the original source of regulations on hand, Trimco Group can help and guide you through HOW and WHEN to apply the waste collection marking correctly, for both the French Triman signage and Italian regulations. Whether it is your polybags, boxes, banderols, hangtags or e-commerce packaging, shoe boxes, shoe packaging or garment packaging, we can help.