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STOCKHOLM – Sweden has become only the second country in Europe to pass Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws on textiles and clothing. The new guidelines will be enacted into law on 1 January 2022, with the licensing of collections set to start on 1 January 2024. Swedish lawmakers have calculated that the introduction of EPR will lead to a T-shirt becoming SEK 0.23 (around 2p) more expensive. Therefore, they say, the new laws will need to be “supplemented by measures whose purpose is other than merely allocating responsibility for waste management.”

Extended producer responsibility is a strategy to add all of the environmental costs associated with a product throughout the product life cycle to the market price of that product.

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