Happy Birthday EU Ecolabel!
For the past 25 years, the EU Ecolabel has promoted trusted environmental excellence. Nearly 40 000 products carry this label which is proving its worth as an essential sustainability tool in the transition to the circular economy. A variety of events are planned to celebrate this milestone. Highlights include the eco pop-up venue ‘The SHOWROOM’, featuring the most iconic EU Ecolabel products and services.
Launched in 1992, the EU Ecolabel is a pioneering tool of the circular economy. For a quarter of a century, the label’s strict criteria have supported sustainable production and consumption. Products displaying the EU Ecolabel have a lower environmental impact and contribute to sustainable development throughout their life cycle, being resource efficient, durable and repairable. Thanks to transparent ecological criteria, consumers can make conscious choices without compromising product quality.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
“Over the last 25 years, thousands of companies have chosen to use the EU Ecolabel and to respond to growing consumer demand for more sustainable products. Clearly, the Ecolabel is one of the most practical tools of the circular economy and the Single Market. The European Commission is committed to providing reliable consumer information and promoting sustainable lifestyles for citizens,” says Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
With the European Commission’s adoption of an ambitious Circular Economy Package in December 2015, sustainability tools such as the EU Ecolabel are becoming more important. A key element of the legislation is to promote greener products on the market and support recovery and recycling schemes. The reduction of environmental impacts through safe chemical use, package recovery and recycling and sustainable sourcing are at the heart of the EU Ecolabel programme.
The programme has grown steadily since its launch in 1992. In 2016, 1998 licences were issued, accounting for 38 760 products. The countries with most EU Ecolabel licences are France (26 %), Italy (18 %), and Germany (12 %).
Early adopters of the EU Ecolabel include Lucart Group, a paper manufacturer which was the first Italian company to gain EU Ecolabel certification. Sabrina Cosci, the company’s quality and environment director says: “Using the EU Ecolabel, we can guarantee our products have a low environmental impact according to rigorous criteria defined at EU level.”
Paint manufacturer Earthborn chose to validate their ‘trusted reputation for performance with style’ with the first UK licence of the EU Ecolabel for indoor paints and varnishes. The EU Ecolabel also travels well – leaf through the online EU Ecolabel Tourist Accommodation Catalogue and spend your holidays in a greener world.
To celebrate 25 years of the EU Ecolabel, a variety of events have been planned for 2017. Highlights include the eco pop-up venue ‘The SHOWROOM’, featuring the most iconic EU Ecolabel products and services. The event will exhibit the tool’s achievements, with cutting-edge sustainable design, recyclability, and sustainable materials – all essential elements of the circular economy.
Visitors can check out a wide range of products displaying the EU Ecolabel, including textiles, clothing, furniture, detergents, cosmetics and tourism, when the SHOWROOM pops up at Mont des Arts, Brussels, from 21-26 June.