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Repair instead of throwing away, an essential gesture for ecology!

Adopted unanimously in the Senate on January 30, 2020 after having been voted in the National Assembly, the anti-waste law for a circular economy will gradually change the daily life of the French. To handle better, recycle, reuse, replace defective parts… these are the main lines of this new law. Update on the main measures, what will change in the daily lives of consumers and the impacts of this law.

What to remember from the law anti-waste

In order to better protect the planet and reduce our ecological footprint, the anti-waste law for a circular economy plans several measures and quantified targets for the coming years. This law provides 100% recycled plastic by the year 2025 and aims to ban the use of single-use plastic packaging within 20 years. The law also plans to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles to 50% within 10 years.

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Repair instead of throwing away

Besides the fight against plastic pollution, this law also obliges manufacturers of electrical equipment to inform consumers about the availability of the parts required to repair equipment. The separability index will thus make it possible to know whether a product can be repaired easily or not. Let's take a concrete example, if your roller shutter motor is defective, you can le fix it instead of throwing it away and get a new one. For know how to choose the right engine for you, you can contact the manufacturer for advice on which spare parts you will need. This will help you save money while producing less waste.


Buy responsibly

One thing is certain, the modes of production and consumption will undergo an upheaval following the adoption of this law. All sectors are affected by this anti-waste law which promotes reuse, reuse, the ban on throwing away unsold goods and the obligation to inform. Now when you do your shopping, you should be able to make an informed choice before going to the act of purchase thanks to the obligation of information. You will know more about the separability and availability spare parts for a product. Pregnant women may also have detailed information on the endocrine substances contained in the products, which may have an impact on the fetus.

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When you arrive at the cashier, you will no longer have a paper sales receipt or a promo coupon elsewhere. This change will be effective from September 1, 2020 for purchases of less than 10 euros. This will go up to 20 euros at the start of 2021 and 30 euros for the following year.

Bulk sales are also encouraged by anti-waste law. So you can bring your own containers when you buy take-out drinks for example. Finally, to fight against the wastage of drugs, it will be possible to buy drugs individually if the form of treatment allows.

All of these measures will beneficial impacts on the environment, employment, communities and the economy.

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