France to make retailers recycle unsold clothes by 2019

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The French government has announced plans to impose a ban on the disposal or destruction of unsold clothing by fashion retailers by 2019 and will instead insist they are recycled. 

A similar measure is already in place for food waste. 

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It has said that all clothing will be recycled if stores do not succeed in selling the product.

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French policy makers are developing plans for a circular economy, which will include targeting the clothing industry. One way to achieve these aims may be that French retailers will need to give unsold clothes to charity.    

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that the fashion sector has an example to set and “that is why from 2019 onwards, the rules tackling the waste of food will be extended to apply to the waste of clothing as well”. 

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