The “repair bonus” for clothing and footwear saved the French 2.3 million euros

Those responsible for the project are satisfied with a “very good start.” Launched last November, the “repair bonus” for clothing and footwear will have allowed the French to save 2.3 million euros after six months of existence, the head of this fund announced on Monday.

As in the case of household appliances, the textile “repair bonus” (with the exception of household linen and lingerie) allows consumers to benefit from discounts during repairs carried out by authorized professionals, the list of which is available at bonusreparation .fr.

A discount is then automatically made on the price of the repair: for example, 7 euros for a hole, tear or tear in clothing or 25 euros for repairing leather shoes.

No more repaired shoes

Within the framework of this system, around 250,000 repairs have been carried out, of which 84% are footwear and 16% are touch-ups, as announced by Elsa Chassagnette, from Refashion, the ecological organization that manages the Repair Fund and to which The government has been tasked with supporting the industry towards a more circular economy. economy.

With “a tenfold increase in repairs since December” among certified repairers, “it’s a very good start,” he rejoiced. In 2019, 16 million pieces (clothing and footwear) were repaired, according to Ademe. Refashion hopes to increase this figure to 21.6 million in 2028 thanks to this system.

According to her, 1,050 establishments, of which 40% are shoe repair and 60% are alterations, allow consumers to benefit from this bonus. “One in two homes is located less than ten minutes by car from a certified workshop”, although there are “large regional disparities” in this geographical coverage, acknowledges the manager.

Bonus of 8 euros on average

The average bonus is 8 euros, which “may seem quite low when you know that the bonus ranges between 6 and 25 euros but the most requested repairs are small repairs”, such as changing the tips of heels for shoes or tears in clothing.

Are these bonuses used by users already convinced by the repair or do they help to attract new customers? “Informal testimonies (…) from both consumers and certified repairers tend to suggest that (the voucher) causes more repairs,” responds Elsa Chassagnette.

Within the framework of the EPR (extended producer responsibility) sector, according to the “polluter pays” principle, each fashion brand pays an ecological contribution to Refashion, which should allow the release of one billion euros during the period 2023-2028, part that it is allocated to the Reparation fund.

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