France to ban destruction of unsold consumer products

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More than €650m (£576m) worth of new consumer products are thrown away or destroyed every year in France

The French government is considering a ban on the destruction of unsold consumer products to cut down on waste and protect the environment.

This would prevent objects such as clothing, electronics or plastics from being destroyed while they were still usable.

More than €650m (£576m) worth of new consumer products are thrown away or destroyed every year in France, according to the Prime Minister Eduoard Philippe’s office.

France already has legislation in place to ban supermarkets from destroying unsold food items.

Legislation banning throwing away non-food items will be brought in as early as 2021, or at the latest 2023, Philippe said.

Luxury British fashion brand Burberry caused outrage last year after it admitted to burning more than £28m worth of stock to guard against counterfeiting.


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