What hides behind the EU Ecolabel?
Issues we are tackling:
The EU Ecolabel criteria address 5 main environmental hotspots:
- The environmental impact of toxic substances
For example: no chlorine gas is used as a bleaching agent in EU Ecolabelled graphic and copying paper.
- Deforestation and degradation
For example: wood, cork, bamboo and rattan used in EU Ecolabel furniture must be non-GMO and have a sustainable forest management label from an independent third-party certification system such as FSC.
- Poorly managed waste disposal and lack of recycling
For example: tourist accommodations awarded with the EU Ecolabel must establish a food waste management plan, monitor food waste levels, and the use of single dose packages for non-perishable foodstuffs (sugar, coffee, chocolate) is prohibited.
- Inefficient use of resources (water, energy, raw materials etc.) and products (food waste, overuse of detergents etc.)
For example: The EU Ecolabel sets a maximum threshold for electricity and fuel consumption during the product manufacturing of floor coverings.
- Unnecessary carbon emissions
For example: in order to decrease the amount of CO2 emissions, propellants in sprays are prohibited for industrial and institutional dishwasher and laundry detergents.
Our unique approach:
Around 77 000 products and services hold the EU Ecolabel, from baby clothes to detergents. It is a reliable European label that identifies products with a reduced environmental impact. Our approach means:
- The labels are verified by independent experts
- The ambitious criteria for 24 different categories of products and services is updated regularly
- The entire product life cycle is considered, from production to recycling or disposal
- Consumer health and responsible production is guaranteed
- Products respect high-quality performance thresholds.
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