On each label in all clothing and shoe stores, a new mandatory criterion could appear: an eco-score ranging from A to E to determine the ecological impact of each item. About fifteen parameters should constitute this note, in particular CO2 emissions, water consumption or even the effects on biodiversity. The objective is simple: encourage manufacturers to pollute less.
89 kilos of CO2 for a coat
The question of the impact on the planet of the production of clothing arises. The textile industry alone emits 4 billion tonnes of CO2 per year, that’s 7% of global emissions. On average, before arriving on our shelves, a coat generates 89 kilos of CO2. Since the establishment of the nutri-score on food, three out of four French people say they direct their consumption towards foods with higher ratings. It remains to be seen whether the eco-score on clothing, which could arrive around 2023 or 2024, would have the same effect.