Introduction:

As the fashion industry continues to produce textiles (clothing, footwear, etc.) at an unprecedented pace, the impact on our planet becomes increasingly evident. Textiles, notorious for their difficulty in recycling, contribute significantly to waste streams. In response, governments worldwide are stepping up to address this challenge.

Some countries have already taken a proactive approach to introduce EPR systems for textiles. However, as the topic is in discussion at the EU level with expected amendments to the European Waste Framework Directive, other countries await policy updates before proceeding with local implementation.

The EPR Approach – What Is EPR?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR):

Is a policy framework that places the responsibility on manufacturers and producers to manage the entire lifecycle of their products. By doing so, EPR aims to minimize environmental harm, promote circularity, and enhance end-of-life management.

Below, you can find a table overview of textile implementation, along with the services that our team at CGlobal can support with:

The EU’s Proposal

In addition to the above, on July 5th, 2023, the European Commission (EC) published their EPR Textile Proposal. This directive seeks to establish mandatory and harmonized recycling obligations for textile producers within the European Union.

For this reason, many of the above countries with textile law drafted or under discussion are awaiting policy updates at EU level before implementing measures locally.

The EC Textile Proposal includes the following key elements:

  1. Full Lifecycle Responsibility: EPR Textile Proposal lies in making producers accountable for every stage of a textile product’s existence. From design and production to use and disposal, manufacturers will bear the responsibility.
  2. Tackling the Waste Challenge: The EU deals with 6 million tonnes of textile waste annually. The proposal aligns with the European Green Dealand the Circular Economy Action Plan, aiming to increase the current 22% textile waste collection rate for re-use or recycling.
  3. Shifting Costs: Currently, the burden of textile waste management falls on authorities and taxpayers. The EPR Textile Proposal flips the script by transferring these costs to producers. By doing so, it incentivizes them to design more sustainable products from the outset

Scope and Implementation – Who/What Falls Under the EPR Umbrella?

The EPR Textile Proposal extends its reach to:

  • Producers of textiles: This includes manufacturers, importers, distributors, and even online platforms selling textile-related products directly to end-users.
  • Textile, textile-related, and footwear products: The proposal encompasses a wide range, from clothing and footwear to curtains and bed linen.

For help navigating these new regulations and requirements, or further inquiries about our environmental services, please reach out to CGlobal-Sales@landbellgroup.com.

Published on May 28, 2024