The Triman Logo: Obligations for Packaging Labeling in France

When choosing the type of packaging you want for your products, you would like to choose something that is good for the earth and is cost-effective. There are many different types of materials that go into making a box that can have an impact on the environment, protect your packaging, and of course, make it look great!

What is the Triman Logo?

The Triman logo is a mandatory, unified signage for end-of-life products created from the French Decree No.2014-15733 in order to harmonize the separate collection systems within France. This symbol was introduced to provide a more readily understandable symbol for citizens and consumers in France to ensure recyclable products are separated at end of life. 

The main reason for this symbol is to make it easier for consumers to understand how to sort their garbage. Products and packaging with the Triman Logo are meant to be collected in separate waste streams, such as paper or recyclable plastics. If the symbol is not there, the product can be disposed of in general waste.

The obligation to mark household packaging and concerned products with the symbol is now implemented in the French environment law (Code de l’environnement Art. L541-9-3 and Decree no. 2021-835) and entered into force on 1 January 2022.

From that date onwards, household packaging waste, concerned textiles, furniture, electric device, battery, solar panel, and lamp fire extinguishers will also have to be marked with the symbol and sorting information.

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The new format requires a sorting advice, which can be in text (French!) or symbols, or both. If the products are not exclusively for the French market, the country code “FR” should also be applied. This is to avoid confusion for customers in other (French-speaking) countries, where different sorting rules may apply.

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In general, all household packaging must be marked with the Triman logo, except small packaging may be exempted or subject to slightly different labeling obligations, it makes no difference whether they are made of paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, aluminum, etc.  Shipping cartons from the online trade, whether recyclable or not, must also bear the Triman and sorting information.  Glass beverage bottles are an exception to this obligation.

SGS experts can help you to understand the impact of such requirements for your products.  Our labeling review service can help you to ensure compliance for safe market entry.

 

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