France is making laws to save the environment, and unsold clothes.

In 2016, France became the first country in the world to criminalize food wastage. Stores normally destroyed food so government passed a new law mandating stores to donate any unsold food within its expiry date instead of throwing them away. With a law in place, France no longer wastes food.

According to the World Economic Forum, France is now working on a law that aims to stop stores from throwing away unsold clothes. France throws away 700,000 tons of clothes every year. Less than a quarter of that is recycled. Forcing stores to donate clothing helps those in need and reduces stress on the environment.

To make one cotton shirt, it takes 2,700 liters of water. It’s the same amount of water a person drinks in two and a half years. Moreover, one ton of recycled clothing can save 11 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The law banning the disposal of unsold clothes from stores is expected to be passed in 2019. Afterwards, France will be working to craft similar laws for the electronics, furniture and hotel industries.

Isn’t it time other countries, such as the Philippines, craft a similar law?

France plans to ban stores from throwing away unsold clothing

To make one cotton shirt, it takes the same amount of water as one person drinks in two-and-a-half years. Read more:

Posted by World Economic Forum on Thursday, 3 May 2018



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