Do’s and Don’ts for packaging products to be compliant
For all your garment and shoe packaging provided to consumers such as hangtags, hangers, shoe boxes, etc., you need to ensure that the following information is available for them at the point of sales (online or at a shop) and after sales:
- Recycled content of Packaging. If your packaging contains recycled material, you can inform consumers by mentioning the percentage of recycled material contained in your packaging, stated in a form such as “packaging contains more than X% recycled content“.
- Recyclability of packaging. The French eco-organisms (CITEO and LEKO) are providing a database to help you identify which packaging is recyclable or not in the French market. Based on the information provided, you will need to declare the recyclability grade of your packaging
- Compostable material claims are forbidden. France only allows mentioning compostable for packaging destined to collect organic waste. No packaging manufactured for other purposes such as communication for the fashion industry shall mention “compostable”.
- Environmental claims are forbidden. France does not allow any environmental claims such as “biodegradable” or “environmentally friendly” on packaging anymore.
You are required to indicate any penalties or bonuses due to the environmental characteristics of your packaging. It is the French eco-organisms who are in charge of determining it.
Where should this information be published?
The French Decree 748 mentions that proper information should be accessible to consumers before and after purchase through posters, labels, or digitally – a dedicated page per product should be built to inform consumers about the specifications and environmental characteristics of the product.
The good news is that by providing this information in a digital format as a brand, you can make use of QR codes or NFC technology, aligning with the EU strategy for a sustainable and circular textile industry which mentions the possibility of increasing transparency and information to consumers via a digital product passport.
Can you provide this information in English?
Any information which answers to the French Decree 2022-748 can only be available in French. For this reason, you must create specific product pages for the French market.
What happens with your current stock of garments/shoes/packaging?
If your brand has stock manufactured before April 29th, 2022, this can be sold/used until January 1st, 2023.
How can Trimco Help You Comply?
Communication support. Trimco is able to provide you with a digital solution to communicate about your product specifications as required by the French Decree 2022-748. We are able to design and print QR codes for you to communicate with your consumers easily at every stage of the textile or packaging lifecycle.
Traceability. Trimco’s Product DNA® solution allows you to collect information from your suppliers to provide validated and accurate information to consumers. Trimco helps you onboard your suppliers to collect all certifications and information required by the French Decree 2022-748 in just a few months.
Sources: Decree 2022-748, April 29, 2022 (FR) and Zero Waste law 2020