Information linked to a product's environmental attributes

Where do new products come from? How are they manufactured? To what extent are they recyclable?New compulsory info in France with AGEC legislation.

Information linked to the product's environmental attributes - AGEC legislation

Adopted in 2020 in France, AGEC legislation (Anti Gspillage pour une Economie Circulaire = Fight against Waste for the Circular Economy) aims to shift production methods and consumption habits towards, as its name suggests, a more circular model. How? By making a certain number of elements mandatory.

What is AGEC legislation?

AGEC legislation is a set of 130 articles (divided into five strategic orientations: phase out single-use plastic, better inform consumers, fight against waste and support charitable reuse, fight against planned obsolescence, and produce better). Article 13 refers to the requirement to disclose a product's environmental attributes and features to the consumer.

What is included in article 13 of AGEC legislation?

A certain number of requirements:a part refers to packaging (its compostability, incorporating of recycled materials or the potential to reuse packaging…), and the other to products (the presence of rare-earth elements or precious metals in electrical or electronic products).
For clothing and footwear, for example, it will also be necessary to specify traceability elements: where was the fabric made? dyed? spun?

A legal requirement in France

From the 1st of January 2023, clothing, electrical and electronic equipment and footwear will be affected by this new regulation. On the 1st of January 2024, it will also apply, among other things, to sports and leisure goods and toys.

Information linked to the product's environmental attributes - AGEC legislation

And what difference will there be in the end with the “made in”?

AGEC legislation is more stringent because it also affects the countries where dyeing, weaving, etc, is done and not only the country of origin where the product was subject to the last substantial transformation.Good news, subsequently, to help better understand that each product has an impact and provide consumers with guidance to make their choices.

What does the law contain, apart from article 13?

Lots of interesting things! It also refers to recyclability : the idea is to fast track this issue by systematically installing recycling collection points.

At DECATHLON, this will involve having sports goods recycling bins in all our Decathlon stores from the 1st of January 2023. The objective is to collect used sports goods to ensure the waste is recycled as much as possible. Decathlon is, by the way, authorised to collect goods (even other brands) which can be recycled, using them in a closed loop. E.g.: Decathlon can collect its own brands and other brand sledges/fins that are made from recycled materials to recycle them.
More broadly, this recycling will also involve the creation of "sports goods" bins in waste recycling centres.So please hold on to your worn-out swimsuit because you will soon find bins for it to be recycled!