France Plans To Ban Stores From Throwing Away Unsold Clothing

France plans to ban stores from throwing away unsold clothing.

The country throws away 700,000 tons of clothing every year……

And less than a quarter of that is recycled.

Forcing stores to donate clothing helps those in need……

And reduces stress on the environment.

It takes 2,700 litres of water to make one cotton shirt……

The same amount of water as one person drinks in two and a half years.

One ton of recycled clothing can save 11 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2016, France became the first country in the world to criminalise wasting food.

After an increase in people rummaging through supermarket bins……

Some shops locked their bins and destroyed the food.

So the government passed a new law that stores had to donate any unsold food within its expiry date.

Now France wastes the least food in the world.

A similar law on clothing in expected by 2019……

While waste in the electronics, furniture and hotel industries is the next target.

Could your country learn from France?

By World Economic Forum. 

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