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New Environmental Labeling Decree in France

SafeGuardSAutomotive, Ecodesign, DIY Tools and Hardware, Home Furnishings and Houseware, Sports and Leisure, Stationery and Office SuppliesMay 11, 2022

Decree 2022-748, published on April 29 2022 on the environmental labeling of waste-generating products, concerns producers, importers, dealers, and all other marketers of waste-generating products intended for consumers, including those using an online distribution channel (website, platform, etc.).

Decree 2022-748, published on April 29, 2022 relates to the environmental labeling of waste-generating products. 

It concerns all producers, importers and dealers, as well as all other marketers of waste-generating products intended for consumers. These include those using an online distribution channel (website, platform, etc.).

The decree came into effect on May 1, 2022. Environmental labeling requirements will come into force progressively, mostly depending on the size of a company, see Chart 1. Products and packaging will enjoy a stock disposal period until January 1, 2023.

Deadline

Conditions

January 1, 2023

Annual revenue > EUR 50 million
Placement on the national market of at least 25,000 units 

January 1. 2024

Annual revenue > EUR 20 million
Placement on the national market of at least 10,000 units

January 1, 2024

Product: 

- Building products and materials
- Toys
- Passenger cars, vans, motor vehicles (with 2 or 3 wheels) and motor quadricycles

January 1, 2025

Annual revenue > EUR 10 million
Placement on the national market of at least 10,000 units

Chart 1

The decree concerns the obligation to provide information on the environmental qualities and characteristics of products and packaging (according to categories) on:

  • Reparability
  • Sustainability
  • Re-use possibilities
  • Incorporation of recycled material
  • Use of renewable resources
  • Compostability
  • Recyclability
  • The presence of hazardous substances, precious metals or rare earths
  • Traceability
  • The presence  of plastic microfibers

This information must be available by electronic means and/or by display, labeling or any other clear and comprehensible means. The format must be easily reusable and workable by an automated processing system in aggregate form.

Environmental labeling

Type of product targeted

Indication and labeling to be applied

Decrees referenced

Reparability

Electrical and electronic equipment

Display of a reparability index 

Art. L. 541-9-2
Art. R. 541-210 to R. 541-214.

Sustainability

Electrical and electronic equipment

Display of a sustainability index from January 1, 2024

Art. L. 541-9-2
Art. R. 541-210 to R. 541-214

Compostability

Packaging

Statement "compostable packaging"

Art. R. 543-226

Recycled Material

Packaging
products:

- Printed paper
- Electrical and electronic equipment
- Batteries and accumulators
- Contents and containers of chemicals
- Furnishing elements
- Textile products, clothing, footwear (except leather) and household linen
- Sports and leisure items
- DIY and garden items
- Passenger cars, vans, motor vehicles (with 2 or 3 wheels) and motor quadricycles

Statement “product containing at least [%] recycled content."
Statement "packaging containing at least [%] recycled content."

Art. L. 541-1-1
Art. L. 541-10-1

Use of renewable resources

Construction products or materials subject to an environmental declaration

According to the conditions of the article:  Art. R. 171-17

Art. L. 541-10-1-4°
Art. R. 171-17

Possibility or re-employment

Packaging

Statement "reusable packaging" or "refillable packaging"

Art. L. 541-10-1
Art. R-541-350-3°

Presence of precious metals

Products:

- Electrical and electronic equipment
- Passenger cars, vans, motor vehicles (with 2 or 3 wheels) and motor quadricycles

If greater than 1 milligram:
Statement "contains at least [X milligrams] of precious metals' or "contains at least [X milligrams] of gold, silver, platinum, palladium"

Art. L. 541-10-1

Rare earth presence

Products:

- Electrical and electronic equipment
- Passenger cars, vans, motor vehicles (with 2 or 3 wheels) and motor quadricycles

If greater than 1 milligram:
Statement "contains at least [X milligrams] of rare earths" or "contains at least [X milligrams] scandium, yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium'

Art. L. 541-10-1

Hazardous Substances

According to REACH:

- Substances
- Festschrift
- Articles

If greater than 0.1% by weight:
Statement "contains a dangerous substance'

If SVHC Statement "contains a substance of very high concern" + name of each of the hazardous substances present

Art. L 541-9-1
Decree 2021-1285


REACH: REGULATION EC 1907/2006 – Art 3 - 1°,2°,3°
REACH: REGULATION EC 1907/2006 – Art 59 -10

Traceability

Textile products for clothing, footwear and household linen

Stating of the country where each step was carried out: 

  • Weaving

  • Dyeing and printing

  • Making

For shoes: 

  • Quilting

  • Assembly

  • Finishing

Art. L. 541-10-1

Presence of plastic microfiber

Textile products for clothing, footwear and household linen containing >50% synthetic fibers

Statement "releases plastic microfibers into the environment during washing" 

Art. L. 541-10-1

Recyclability

Products:

- Packaging 
- Printed paper
- Building products and materials
- Electrical and electronic equipment
- Batteries and accumulators
- Contents and containers of chemicals
- Furnishing elements
- Textile products, clothing, footwear (except leather) and household linen
-Toys
- Sports and leisure items
- DIY and garden items
- Passenger cars, vans, motor vehicles (with 2 or 3 wheels) and motor quadricycles

Statement "predominantly recyclable product" or "mostly recyclable packaging".

Art. L. 541-10-1

If recycled material represents more than 95% of the product, may include the statement "fully recycled product".

If more than 50% of the material reincorporated in an equivalent product, may include the statement "product recyclable in a product of the same nature," or "recyclable packaging in a product of the same nature"

Chart 2


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