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PARIS – A French politician is drafting a law to make it illegal for companies to destroy unsold clothing. Brune Poirson, the Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, has announced the plans as part of broader goals in France aimed to moving towards the principles of a circular economy.

The new law could have significant implications for luxury brands which, if we are to believe rumours, routinely destroy unsold stock to preserve the strength of the brand. There are also financial implications to such a proposed law, as possible tax rebates are available when clothing is incinerated in accordance with US Customs and Border Protection programme, whereby if imported merchandise is unused and exported or destroyed under customs supervision, 99 per cent of the duties, taxes or fees paid on the merchandise can be recovered as ‘drawback’.

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