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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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