Is your brand registered in France or simply shipping to French consumers via e-commerce? Then keep reading and ensure your packagings are compliant with the French zero waste law and related Decree.
What is the Triman logo?
The French Decree No. 2014-1577 has made it mandatory from 1 January 2015 to print the Triman Logo on recyclable products and packaging sold to consumers in France. The main reason for the symbol was to simplify the understanding of how to sort waste. Anything that is considered packaging should be labeled with the Triman Logo and recycling instructions from plastic to organic material. Even if this does not guarantee that all products will be recycled, the goal is to make sure that packaging waste is collected and sorted for maximized recycling. As a textile or footwear brand, these are the things you should be aware of.
What has changed with the Triman Logo from 2022?
To answer to the French Zero Waste law requiring more information to consumers on how to sort waste, the French packaging waste collection schemes have been published in September 2021, and new signage is to be printed on packaging in France from January 2022, as approved by the French government.
The signage graphic chart is very specific. It includes the Triman logo and sorting instructions. A transition period is in place until 9 March 2023 to give time to all brands to update their packaging. Afterward, packaging that is not compliant with the new packaging waste sorting signage regulation, may no longer be used in the French market.
What are the elements that need to appear on your packaging?
Environmental information is obligatory on the packaging of all garments, home textiles, and shoes and needs to feature:
- The Triman Logo
- A pictogram and text identifying the packaging type
- The voluntary drop-off point symbolized by the pictogram of a container
- The mention “FR” for brands selling internationally, to identify that the waste instructions are related to the French market.
You must always print the Triman Logo conjointly with recycling and sorting instructions as per the graphic chart conjunctly designed by the French eco-organisms LEKO and CITEO, and approved by the French government.
Do you find it hard to navigate the requirements? Contact our team to get an introduction to the new signage guidelines and discuss how to apply them to your specific packaging.
Triman Logo mandatory from March 2023
As with all regulations, the sooner you can have them implemented, the better. Starting with September 9, 2022, packaging for textiles, shoes, and home textiles such as shoe boxes, shoe packaging, or garment packaging (including polybags, hangtags, garment boxes, and banderoles), needs to have the correct signage.