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LONDON – The European Union should introduce Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws which would see textile and fashion retailers charged a fee on every item they sell to deal with waste. That’s according to a new report published by Eunomia, advisors to the European Commission. The paper comes as the European Commission prepares to launch the EU Strategy on Sustainable Textiles at the end of this month.

The French EPR scheme for textiles, Re_Fashion, is the only currently operating EPR scheme for textiles in the EU. EPR regulations are often referred to as ‘producer pays’ as they aim to ensure producers bear the financial costs associated with end-of-life management of the textiles they sell.

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