Eu Ecolabel

The Ecolabel is the European eco-label for non-food products and services. The purpose of the label is to encourage more sustainable consumption and production. Namely, it identifies sustainable products and services (that is, those produced with a lower environmental impact of energy, raw materials, water, harmful substances, waste and packaging, among others) with a logo of a flower. This makes it easier for consumers to recognise which sustainable choices they can make. The Ecolabel is supported by all EU member states, the European Commission, as well as Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein. Only products that meet strict environmental and quality requirements can be certified with a label from the label. Each European member state has its own body responsible for implementing the label in that country. They check the criteria and apply for certifications for products or services. SMK does this for the Netherlands. Certified products include cleaning products, clothing, shoes, DIY materials (such as paint) and various appliances.

The requirements of the label cover the entire life cycle of a product or service. That means it starts with the raw materials and extends to the recycling or disposal of the product. Criteria are drawn up for each product group to reduce the environmental impact at the stage where it is greatest. In the case of textiles, for example, this involves a high environmental impact if it is printed, dyed or bleached, for example.

So for producers and suppliers, the EU Ecolabel is reliable proof of a more environmentally friendly product or service that also has a reduced negative impact on human health, natural resources and the climate.