EU Ecolabel

A mark of environmental excellence awarded to products and services meeting high sustainability standards.

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EU Ecolabel






The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary certification scheme that recognizes products and services demonstrating environmental excellence. It is applicable to a wide range of sectors and is open to manufacturers, producers, and retailers both within and outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The certification covers various aspects such as textile fibers, components, chemicals, and corporate social responsibility. It also extends to the entire supply chain, requiring details of all suppliers.

Key Features

  • Open to non-European countries, as long as the product is marketed within the European Economic Area (EEA).
  • Traders and retailers are eligible only if they are marketing products under their own brand names.
  • Comprehensive criteria covering restricted substances, energy efficiency, air and water emissions, and work rights.
  • Recognized throughout Europe and tackles environmental impacts across the full lifecycle of products.


An independent third party ensures that products meet the EU Ecolabel criteria. The process is thorough and based on scientific evidence, but the high level of difficulty in meeting the criteria may be a barrier for some companies.

Duration and Renewal

The criteria for product groups are usually valid for three to five years and are revised regularly to reflect technical innovations and market changes. This ensures that the certification remains up-to-date and encourages continuous improvement.

Impact and Significance

Achieving the EU Ecolabel provides companies with a competitive advantage by validating their commitment to environmental responsibility. It also offers a framework for ongoing improvement, as the criteria are revised to reflect technical and market changes. However, the stringent and comprehensive requirements may make the certification process challenging for some companies.