France, a bonus for those who repair shoes (instead of throwing them away)

France, a bonus for those who repair shoes (instead of throwing them away)

France announces, as of next October, a bonus for those who take their shoes to a cobbler for repair, instead of throwing them away to buy new ones. This way, the Elysée hopes to encourage responsible consumption and sustainable fashion. As well as economically supporting artsisan workshops. The measure relies on a budget of 154 million euros for the period 2023-2027.

Better repair than throw away

This programme to support the durability of fashion products envisages a bonus of 7 euros for those who take in shoes for repair and 10-25 euros for those who repair clothing. The bonus, announced by the Secretary of State for Ecology Berangere Couillard, is part of the French government’s broader policy for transalpine fashion. A policy that also includes measures to support training for artisan professions. The very first step in implementing the bonus, reports Le Monde, is for shoemakers and tailors to join the network of approved workshops. It is estimated that every year the French get rid of 700,000 tonnes of fashion garments and accessories: two thirds of these end up in landfills. Incentivising repair, therefore, is one way to lighten the waste disposal system.

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