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General Assembly


Raised Bill No. 341

February Session, 2018


LCO No. 1411



Referred to Committee on ENVIRONMENT


Introduced by:





Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Not later than December 1, 2018, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, shall convene a working group of representatives of the apparel industry and the environmental community for the purpose of developing a consumer awareness and education program that consists, in part, of a clothing labeling component designed to readily alert consumers of the presence of synthetic microfibers in an article of clothing prior to the purchase of such clothing. Such program shall also include, but not be limited to, consumer oriented information that explains the process by which such microfibers are shed from clothing and are dispersed in the state's waterways, best practices for consumers to eliminate and reduce the disbursement of microfibers from clothing into the waterways of the state and information on efforts that members of the apparel industry, including, but not limited to, brand labels, are undertaking to reduce or eliminate microfibers in clothing. The working group shall include, but not be limited to, a representative of each of the following organizations: (1) The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, (2) the American Apparel and Footwear Association, (3) the American Apparel and Producer's Network, (4) Fashion Group International, (5) the National Retail Federation, (6) the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and (7) Fashion Business, Inc. All components of such program shall be implemented not later than December 1, 2019.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a consumer awareness, education and clothing labeling program that is intended to reduce the amount of microfiber plastic in the state's waterways.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]