Loi AGEC Guide: France's Law for Textiles & Retailers

Stay compliant with France's Anti-Waste Law (Loi AGEC). Our guide explains key requirements, timelines, impact for textile manufacturers & retailers.
Official Name
Decree No. 2022-748 of April 29, 2022 relating to consumer information on the environmental qualities and characteristics of waste-generating products
Focus
Consumer Protection, Product Information
Status
In effect since January 2023 (vary by company)
Jurisdiction
France

Key takeaways

Overview: Loi AGEC Decree 2022-748

Decree No. 2022-748, part of the French Anti-Waste and Circular Economy Law (AGEC), aims to promote sustainable consumption by requiring producers and distributors to disclose the environmental impact of certain products. This applies to a wide range of items, including textiles, furniture, and packaging. The decree also mandates information about a product's recyclability and presence of recycled materials.

Loi AGEC (Decree 2022-748) — part of the French Anti-Waste Law — was established with the aim to give consumers the information they need to make eco-friendly choices, including requiring producers to disclose environmental impact of their new product. 

In other words: it sets out rules for what information producers must provide, how they must present it, and when it needs to be available to consumers.

The Decree requires producers, importers, and distributors — who are placing new and “waste-generating” products on the French market — to provide product specific information about their environmental characteristics and durability. 

This applies to companies meeting two conditions: a minimum annual turnover exceeding 10 million euros and placing over 10,000 units of relevant products on the French market. These relevant products include a wide range of categories, such as textiles, sporting goods, and household packaging.

Which industries does Loi AGEC apply to?

The regulation is for new products (secondhand and refurbished items are excluded) that are introduced on the French Market and have been identified as ‘’waste-generating’’.

Loi AGEC applies to businesses that produce, import, or distribute specific product categories. This includes companies that sell these products online through websites, platforms, or any other digital channel, even if they are not located in France.

Your company needs to comply if it meets both of these conditions:

  • You sell products covered by the Decree;
  • You introduce these products to the French market (including online sales).

The deadline for complying with Loi AGEC depends on your company's annual revenue and the volume of covered products you sell in France.

Compliance Date January 1, 2023 January 1, 2024 January 1, 2025
Annual turnover > 50 million Euro > 20 million Euro > 10 million Euro
Amount (products)* > 25,000 > 10,000 > 10,000

* Amount of concerned products placed on the French market

In Detail: Article L. 541-10-1

Article L. 541-10-1 of the Environmental Code lists the product categories that have been identified as “waste generating,” which include, but are not limited to:

  • New textile clothing products, shoes or household linen intended for individuals
  • Sporting and leisure articles
  • New textile products for the home
  • Furnishing elements as well as upholstered seating or sleeping products and textile decorative elements

Loi AGEC Requirements

Format criteria

The information about the specific product must be:

  • Available in French
  • Shared with consumers electronically at the time of purchase
  • Free of charge to the consumer
  • In a format that can be easily downloaded and used electronically
  • Available for at least two years after the last unit of the product concerned is placed on the market

Product Information Requirements

The type of information you need to provide about your product depends on its category. There are specific requirements for each category, as outlined in article R541-221 of the Decree.

For new textile (clothing) products, the following information must be provided:

  • Recycled material content: How much of the fabric/packaging content is made up from recycled materials?
  • Recyclability: How well can the product be recycled at the end-of-life?
  • Harmful substances: What harmful substances are present in the product?
  • Traceability: In which country did the weaving, dying/printing and assembly process take place?
  • Presence of Microplastics: Does the product contain microplastics?

Current Status & Timeline of  Loi AGEC

Timeline Details
April 30th, 2022 Art. R. 541-223 of the Decree came into force and prohibits the appearance of the terms “biodegradable”, “environmentally friendly” or any equivalent claims on new (not second hand) consumer products and packaging introduced on the French Market.
January 1, 2023 The largest companies have been obligated to comply.
January 1, 2024 The second group of companies have been obligated to comply.
January 1, 2025 The third group of companies will have to comply.

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Stay compliant with France's Anti-Waste Law (Loi AGEC). Our guide explains key requirements, timelines, impact for textile manufacturers & retailers.