SGS Publishes SafeGuardS on New French Recycling Signage for Textile and Footwear Products

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  • (1888PressRelease) April 29, 2022 - SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published an overview of new recycling sorting symbols for clothing, household linens and footwear to help stakeholders operating in France.

    On February 1, 2022, Re_fashion published new recycling symbols approved by the French Ministry for Ecological Transition. These relate to a requirement in Article 17 of France’s Anti-waste Law for a Circular Economy (AGEC Law) and Decree n° 2021-835 of June 29, 2021, making it mandatory for consumer products to have standardized information to support more efficient recycling.

    Re_fashion is financed to handle textile recycling actions, including the development and submission of signage in compliance with these rules.

    Companies operating in France now have until February 1, 2023, to ensure new products have the required signage. Pre-existing stocks – defined as products manufactured or imported prior to February 1, 2023 – must comply by August 1, 2023.

    SGS’s original SafeGuardS 050/22 provides a helpful overview of the new symbols, including examples.

    Stakeholders should also be aware that consumer product packaging now has a set of symbols for recycling, which were published in November 2021. Therefore, consumer products should have two sets of signage – one for the product (textile, clothing, footwear) and one for the packaging.

    SGS’s Commitment to the Circular Economy
    SGS experts closely monitor the evolution of France’s AGEC Law. They assist manufacturers with physical/mechanical testing, analytical testing and consultancy work for technical and non-technical parameters applicable to a comprehensive range of consumer products. Learn more about SGS’s Commitment to the Circular Economy. []

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    SGS has a global network of over 40 state-of-the-art laboratories, including 10 in China, specializing in testing of apparel, footwear, and home textiles. Their committed team is drawn from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, allowing them to conduct a comprehensive range of physical, chemical, and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. SGS helps companies ensure quality, performance, and compliance with international, industrial, and regulatory standards worldwide. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Softlines Services. [

    SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Triman and Sorting Info is Available for Clothing, Household Linen and Footwear Products in France SafeGuardS. []

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    For further information contact:

    Valerie Cimetiere

    Softline Technical Expert
    Tel: +33141248710
    Email: ( @ ) sgs dot com
    LinkedIn: sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail

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