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What is the EU Eco-Label?

What does the Eco - label cover? >>

The Eco-label can apply to goods and services (not food, drink or pharmaceuticals, or some medical products) and criteria have been agreed for these product categories:

  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators
  • Lightbulbs
  • Televisions
  • Personal computers
  • Laptops
  • Tissue paper products
  • Copying and graphic paper
  • Textiles
  • Footwear
  • Mattresses
  • Laundry detergents
  • Dishwasher detergents
  • All-purpose cleaners and cleaners for sanitary facilities
  • Hand dishwashing detergents
  • Soaps and shampoos
  • Hard fl oor coverings
  • Indoor paints and varnishes
  • Outdoor paints and varnishes
  • Soil improvers
  • Growing media
  • Lubricants
  • Tourist accommodation
  • Camping sites
Image of the EU EcoLabel

The European Eco-label (also called the Eco-label or the Flower) is Europe's official environmental label.

Many products claim to be 'environmentally friendly', but provide no way for customers to know what standards they meet. Products with the European Eco-label show that they are less damaging to the environment than equivalent brands over their whole life cycle, because they have met a set of published environmental criteria agreed by EU member states after consultation with relevant interests. Eco-label products really are kinder to the environment.

There are technical criteria for a wide range of categories of products, which cover the main environmental impacts generated at all stages of a product's life cycle, including manufacturing, use and disposal.

The European Eco-label was established in 1992 by an EU Regulation. It aims to encourage businesses to develop greener products and to help consumers to identify them. In 2000 the Eco-label was re-launched and extended to cover services as well as goods.

For full details of the criteria and for additional information please visit the Eco-label website

  • Eco-label products must to be independently certified to meet strict published criteria and prevent suppliers getting away with vague environmental claims
  • Eco-label applies to all the main environmental impacts of a product over its whole life through to disposal, and the criteria are developed by a multi-stakeholder approach
  • One logo covers many different kinds of products, from electrical goods to paints, and from cleaning products to mattresses
  • One label covers the whole of Europe
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