EURATEX and the environmental footprint rules for clothing and footwear products

EURATEX is the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, which represents the interests of the European textile and clothing industry at the level of the EU institutions.

They support the creation of a standardised method for the assessment of the environmental impact, caused by the production of clothing and footwear products. EURATEX calls for some improvements.

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is the official EU method, and the main objective for them is to establish a common methodological approach to assess and compare the environmental performance of products based on a comprehensive assessment of environmental impacts.

To support those companies that are positively involved with the environment, and that find in the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method an advantage for their competitiveness, differentiating the brands that have it, but without being a new burden, as companies will have the right to decide whether to make environmental declarations, being the use of PEF voluntary. 

EURATEX proposes to consider a circular approach so that the use of the PEFCR is proportional for all actors in the supply chain, where each actor can contribute with its own information rather than using the calculation made with a single actor. To this end, several elements have been identified as necessary to implement its full potential.

Furthermore, in this method, they consider methodological limitations, the importance of reliable and quality information, as well as solving the Green Washing problem.

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