Did you know?
- EU Ecolabel minimises the use of hazardous substances and substances that may be harmful to the aquatic environment.
- Where cardboard boxes are used, Ecolabelled light bulbs use at least 80% recycled packaging.
- Campsites and tourist accommodation awarded with the EU Ecolabel are restricted on the use of pesticides and fertilisers.
- The small country Denmark has 11 EU Ecolabel campsites. If there were the equivalent amount compared to the total area in EU we would have more than 1.000 EU Ecolabel campsites in the whole EU. What a potential!
- According to a study by Lexmark, each European employee prints an average of 30 pages per day. Choosing EU Ecolabelled paper guarantees paper coming from recycled fibres or sustainably managed forests.
- No chlorine gas is used as a bleaching agent in EU Ecolabelled graphic and copying paper.
- "EU Ecolabelled products can be an important part of the solution to global warming as they have to use less energy, both in production and in use, and have to be easy to dispose of [...]." (A representative of the Danish Consumer Council)
- EU Ecolabelled wall paints use ten times fewer VOCs* than conventional products.
- In 2011, an EU Ecolabelled hotel in Paris reported that costs for its home care products and samples had halved since obtaining the EU Ecolabel.
- UPM, the world's largest producer of graphic paper, sells 250,000 tonnes of EU Ecolabelled paper products per year – with annual revenue of €3.8 billion.
- Jardim Atlântico an ecological (and ecolabelled) hotel located on Madeira Islands (Portugal), reported a 17% reduction on the volume (kg) of towels used per guest and the following decreased consumption of natural resources for each guest after its first year with the EU Ecolabel (2004)**:
· 11% decrease in energy consumption (kWh)
· 26% decrease in gas consumption (kg)
· 8% decrease in water consumption (l) This had a positive effect for their water and energy bills.
** based on annual data, comparing consumption from one year before receiving the EU Ecolabel (2003) and one year after (2005)
- Best Western – Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne a 4-star hotel located in central Paris, was awarded the EU Ecolabel in 2010, and already reports***:
· 16% decrease in gas consumed (kg)
· 32% decrease in water consumed (l)
while the number of guests increased.
*** based on annual data, comparing consumption from one year before receiving the EU Ecolabel (2009) and one year after (2011)
*VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are contaminants of concern owing to large environmental releases, human toxicity and a tendency for some compounds to persist in ground water, as well as migrate into the drinking water supply well.