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Parliament backs new rules for sustainable, durable products and no greenwashing

On Thursday, MEPs backed draft legislation to improve product labelling and durability and to put a stop to misleading claims. With 544 votes to 18 and 17 abstentions, plenary approved the proposal for a new directive on empowering consumers for the green transition. Its main aim is to help consumers make environmentally friendly choices and encourage companies to offer them more durable and sustainable products. Banning misleading ads and generic environmental claims Parliamentโ€™s approved negotiating mandate foresees banning the use of general environmental claims like โ€œenvironmentally friendlyโ€, โ€œnaturalโ€, โ€œbiodegradableโ€, โ€œclimate neutralโ€ or โ€œecoโ€ if these do not come with detailed evidence. It also aims to ban environmental claims that are based solely on carbon offsetting schemes. Other misleading practices such as making claims about the whole product if the claim is true only for one part of it, or saying that a product will last a certain amount of time or can be used at a certain level of intensity if that is not true, will also be forbidden. To simplify product information, MEPs envision allowing only sustainability labels based on official certification schemes or established by public authorities to be used. Fight against early obsolescence To make products last longer, Parliament wants to ban the introduction of design features that limit a productโ€™s life or lead to goods malfunctioning prematurely. Additionally, producers should not be allowed to limit a productโ€™s functionality when it is used with consumables, spare parts or accessories (for example chargers or ink cartridges) made by other companies.https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20230505IPR85011/parliament-backs-new-rules-for-sustainable-durable-products-and-no-greenwashing

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