The EU Ecolabel helps customers to identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact. It covers the entire life-cycle of the product or service, from ‘cradle to grave’. Consequently, it takes into consideration everything from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal.
The EU Ecolabel can only be awarded where the product’s life-cycle is among the best in the market for that particular category. Therefore, our customers can be sure that if a textile carries an EU Ecolabel, it is in the top third of its particular product category for environmental and functional performance.
For a textile to obtain an EU Ecolabel, a large number of criteria have to be met. These criteria are divided into 3 main areas:
1. Environmental requirements for types of fibre used.
2. Environmental requirements for processes and chemicals.
3. Requirements for fitness for use of finished textiles.