Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is the English equivalent of extended producer responsibility and means the following:
The manufacturer (according to legal definition) is obliged to take responsibility for his products. This responsibility does not end with the end of the product cycle, but includes the return and recycling of the products or waste (closed loop).
Manufacturers, importers and distributors or (online) retailers are already subject to different regulations on textiles in some European countries. With our consulting services, we offer online retailers, for example, simple solutions to meet their obligations Europe.
The law provides for various actors to be obliged to product responsibility, such as:
If you are a legal actor in the scope of textiles, learn more about your obligations here:
Distributors, (online) retailers as well as fulfillment service providers of textiles, fabrics and fibers (textile industry) are also not exempt from the new obligations and are required to review them.
Failure to properly comply with the legal obligations may result in misdemeanor proceedings and severe fines.
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According to the regulations in force in some European countries, there are already changes to be observed for the design, nature, labeling, take-back and recovery of the textiles or used textiles. This also applies to France, for example, where textiles that have not been sold may not be disposed of, but must be put through a recycling process or donated to a good cause.
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You can have us clarify any other obligations that may apply to you in connection with the packaging of your products or also for (W)EEE or batteries throughout Europe. Trust us, the experts at ECOLOGICON.
New requirements will also target the use of recycled materials and substances in order to close value cycles with the use of secondary raw materials. By applying the circular principle from cradle to grave (cradle-to-cradle), the aim is to provide incentives for closed material cycles and limit the use of chemicals and textile blends in order to increase recyclability (textile recycling).
We at ECOLOGICON are following these developments very closely by already being intensively involved in associations, working groups (e.g. EURIC Textile Working Group) and at board level in national associations.
If you are or could be affected by these upcoming legislative changes, we will support you in the implementation by showing you the requirements step by step and supporting you in the introduction and operational implementation of necessary measures, also in your global supply chains, in order to comply with the laws and regulations.
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First of all, Regulation (EU) 1007/2011 on textile fiber names and related labeling and marking of fiber composition of textile products has been in force in the EU since 2012.
The EU Commission has published an EU Textile Strategy to transform the linear business model of the textile industry towards a circular economy:
The extent to which the EU Commission will implement a tightening of legal requirements is to be revealed in the European Commission’s textile strategy published in March 2022.
Actors along the entire textile value chain are affected (producers of fibers, yarns, fabrics or textile goods/clothing, retailers, used clothing collectors, sorting and recycling companies). It is estimated that more than 160,000 fallow actors are affected across the EU. However, the impact will be felt globally across all supply chains.
The challenge here will be to integrate these new framework conditions into production facilities and procurement structures, particularly in emerging and developing countries. This should be done as early as possible.
No exceptions are expected: all textile products, clothing, fabrics, fibers and yarns are affected.
In all countries of the EU, you are already obliged to extensively label your textile products. In addition, we can advise you on producer responsibility (textile recycling) in all EU member states where you have to fulfill further obligations and support and advise you on textile registration, notification of textiles and all administrative steps.