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Please click here to download the basics about Producers' Resposibility for Clothing, Linen and Footwear in English - see here who are our members.


What is it the EPR on the Clothing, Linen and Footwear in France?

As part of France’s commitment to comply with the European environmental standards regarding sustainable waste management, an EPR has been set for the Clothing, Linen and Footwear (CLF : TLC in French) producers, distributors or importers.

Companies are considered responsible by law for providing or managing the recycling of their products at the end of their usage. They can either organise their own recycling program that must be approved by the French Public Authorities or contribute to an organisation accredited by law to provide for them.

Eco TLC is the only organisation accredited by the French public authorities to cover the sector. This company is a non-for-profit private company directed by a board of industrials that aims to tend towards 100% reuse and recycling for used CLFs. The organisation was formed following the law of the 21st of December 2006 (Article L-541-10-3 of the Code de l'Environnement), ratified on the 27th June 2008. Currently, Eco TLC represents more than 93% of the industry. 

Companies that have registered (and paid) to Eco TLC are free to choose whether they communicate about this contribution. A communication kit is available on the Eco TLC registered-only access.There are neither obligation nor interdiction to communicate toward the end consumer. This contribution does not change the price for the end consumer.


What does it apply to?

This regulation is to engage producers in considering end of life of their products when putting it on the market. Every company that introduces clothing, household linen, and footwear items on the French market to sell it under their own brands, must either:
- set its own internal collecting and recycling program accredited by the French Public Authorities
- or pay a contribution to Eco TLC (the company accredited by the French Public Authorities to manage the sector’s waste) to provide it for them.

This DOES NOT include:
• Full leather clothing items;
• Non-clothing items (doll, toy, pets products, etc.);
• Medical and orthopaedic items;
• Technical sport items (ice skating, skiing boots, etc.);
• Household linen like blankets, pillows, etc.;


What are contributions used for?

The funds collected are used towards supporting:
- All sorting organisations that respects Eco TLC requirements;
- R&D projects that are selected by a scientific committee to find news outlet and solutions to recycle used CLF;
- Communication campaigns organised by local authorities to motivate end used to change consumers waste sorting habits.

Also Eco TLC goes beyond its mission of general interest by providing:
- Communication kits to all stakeholders of the sector;
- Measuring tools to analyse and develop reliable statistics about the industry;
- Real time mapping of all French collecting sites to inform citizens local and communities for free.


How to subscribe?

You can register to our initiative, which would transfer your responsibility to us.

  • Registering is an straightforward way to comply to the French law;
  • Registering offers you an opportunity to be part of a larger project, for nature preservation and waste management;
  • Registering can be your first step in a positive approach to CLF production into a market more and more concerned about the environment;
  • Being a member give your company access to our communication kit and market data and trends.

Discover the english version of the membership agreement.

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How are contributions calculated?

Every year, companies have to declare the volume of items put on the market on the previous year (ex: on 2018, companies have to declare the volume put on the market on 2017). This declaration will be used as a basis for the calculation of the contribution but the cost may vary depending on some factors: (size of the company, eco-design....). There are 3 different ways to calculate the amount of the contribution: 


  • The contribution calculated to a real cost:

The contribution is calculated annualy on the basis of the declaration of the previous year's volume put on the market and on the size of each item. There are 4 sizes for clothing and household linen (TPP, PP, MP, GP) and 2 sizes for footwear (PP, MP): 

The cost for each item put on the market according its size applies as follows:

Very small items (TPP): € excl.VAT 0.0013

Small items (PP):    € excl.VAT 0.00528

Average items (MP):   € excl.VAT 0.00791

Large items (GP):    € excl.VAT 0.0528

You can download the declaration help file here.

  • The flat-rate contribution:

Companies that realise a turnover (excluding taxes) of less than €750,000 or put on the market less than 5.000 items per year are eligible for the flat-rate contribution. The flat-rate contribution, considered as the minimum contribution, is of €36 (excl. VAT) per year.


  • The variations in the scale of the contribution:

By eco-designing, you can benefit from a bonus on your contribution. Eco TLC has implemented modulation of the contribution calculation to encourage the creation of more sustainable products and the use of recycled fibres from pre-consumer textiles or footwear or production off-cuts. 

To discover more about the modulation of eco-contributions, read the part below. 



How to benefit from a modulation of the contribution calculation? 

To incentivise companies that uses recycled fibers from pre-consumer clothing, linen or shoes, Eco TLC has implemented a variation in the scale of the contribution calculation. Rates are announced each year, as per the necessity of Eco TLC to cover for the need of support, it can be found on Eco TLC news feed.

  • 1st modulation of the contribution:

Aim: encourage design of longer-lasting products

Bonus: 75% off the estimated contribution to a real cost per item.  

This modulation is divided into 2 subcategories: 

 Clothing durability that applies on t-shirts, jeans, pullover and Linen:

Required eligibility criterias: resistance, dimensional stability, dyeing fastness (learn more here)

 Footwear durability

Required eligibility criterias: sole resistance to abrasion and sole resistance to pullout from the upper of the shoe (learn more here).


  • 2nd modulation of the contribution:

Aim: encourage the use of recycled fibres from pre-consumer Clothes, Linen and Footwear (CLF).  

Bonus: 50% off the estimated contribution to a real cost per item. 

Required eligibility criterias: the item must contain at least 15% of recycled fibres from pre-consumer CLF.


  • 3rd modulation of the contribution:

Aim: encourage the use of recycled fibres or materials from arisings from CLF production.

Bonus: 25% off the estimated contribution to a real cost per item. 

Required eligibility criterias: the item must contain at least 30% or more of fibres from CLF production's cut-offs.