France bans the destruction of unsold luxury merch

The newly passed law now makes the waste of unused clothing, accessories and shoes illegal

At the end of 2017, it was revealed that British brand Burberry had destroyed £28m worth of unsold goods; opening up a wider conversation around the fashion industry and its contribution to waste. Following that, Burberry pledged a shift towards a future more considerate to the environment, going fur-free and no longer discarding unsold products.

On Tuesday, French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced a ban on the destruction of unused product, citing that each year in France 650 million euros worth of merchandise is either thrown away or burned. Aiming to implement this within the next four years, the regulations will mean that brands will be discouraged from overproducing; made to recycle or reuse any materials unsold. 

According to the Environmental Audit Committee, fashion houses reportedly get rid of over a million tonnes of clothes annually. With Paris being the world’s fashion capital, it is clear this new legislation will help fashion’s waste problem and ultimately lead to less product being sent to the landfills which contribute to climate change. Here’s hoping that the rest of the fashion capitals follow suit.