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Expected regulations for sustainable furniture: EPR

It is advisable to prepare your company for expected regulations for sustainable furniture. Therefore, we will provide you with more information about one of the obligations we anticipate in the short term, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). In many countries, there are laws and regulations for furniture textiles to ensure consumer safety. This often includes requirements for fire safety and chemical substances. However, mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility for furniture textiles is not yet widespread. The rules apply in the Netherlands for a number of product categories, including textiles. Furniture textiles are considered a separate category. The Textile EPR applies to producers and importers of products such as consumer and business clothing, table, bed, and household textiles. This policy instrument encourages textile product manufacturers to produce more sustainably and contribute to a circular economy.

Producers taking responsibility for textile recycling

In some countries, such as Sweden and Norway, EPR for furniture textiles has already been implemented. In these countries, producers are responsible for recycling furniture textiles and preventing waste, including designing furniture that is easy to dismantle and recycle. There are already several sectors where EPR is in place, such as household textiles. Other sectors, including tires, cars, mattresses, packaging, and electrical appliances, also operate under EPR.

What is EPR?

Expected Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy instrument that holds producers accountable for the consequences of the production, distribution, and disposal of their products, with the aim of waste prevention and promoting sustainability. Here are some benefits of EPR:

Promotes sustainable production

EPR can encourage producers to design sustainable products because they are responsible for the disposal and processing of their products at the end of their lifecycle. This can lead to reduced waste production and improved environmental performance.

Reduces waste

EPR can reduce the amount of waste by requiring producers to process their products in an environmentally friendly manner at the end of their lifecycle. This can result in less waste in nature, reduced pollution, and lower waste management costs.

Enhances textile recycling

EPR can incentivize producers to use more recyclable materials.

Cost savings

in their products and improve the recycling process. This can contribute to a healthier environment and reduced depletion of natural resources.

EPR can also lead to cost savings for producers as they are required to process their products in an environmentally friendly manner. This can contribute to better business operations and reputation.

Increased responsibility

EPR can make producers more accountable for their products and the waste they generate. This can contribute to increased awareness and engagement in sustainability and environmental protection, including textile recycling.

Drawbacks of EPR for furniture textiles

While Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) offers many advantages, there are also some drawbacks:


Implementing EPR can lead to higher costs for producers. Producers are responsible for the costs of disposal and processing of their products at the end of their lifecycle, which can result in higher production costs and higher prices for consumers.


Implementing EPR can be complex as it requires setting up systems for collecting, sorting, and processing products at the end of their lifecycle. This can result in bureaucratic procedures and implementation delays.


EPR can increase the responsibility of producers, but it can also lead to the shifting of responsibility to other parties in the supply chain, such as retailers or consumers.


It can lead to unfair competition among producers as the costs of waste disposal and processing vary between different products. Some producers may be disadvantaged compared to others.


It is not always clear how effective EPR is in promoting sustainable production and reducing waste. This depends on the extent to which producers adhere to their responsibilities and the availability and efficiency of waste processing systems.

Why is new textile recycling legislation important?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is important because it contributes to a sustainable and circular economy. By holding producers accountable for their products at the end of their lifecycle, waste prevention is encouraged, and the costs of waste management are reduced. This has positive effects on the environment, economy, and society as a whole.

The contribution of EPR to more sustainable furniture production

Furthermore, EPR contributes to a shift towards more sustainable production as it incentivizes producers to use more recyclable materials and improve the recycling process. This reduces reliance on new raw materials and mitigates the depletion of natural resources.

EPR also increases the responsibility of producers and encourages them to be mindful of the impact of their products on the environment and society. This can lead to greater societal engagement and a better reputation for companies committed to sustainability.

All in all, EPR can contribute to a more sustainable and equitable society that takes into account the impact of production on the environment and future generations. It is strongly recommended to prepare your company for these expected regulations for sustainable furniture.