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Criteria for labelling

A way to set useful demands regarding environmental and/or health issues is to choose to label your product. Labels set requirements which are different and/or more than the law dictates. By choosing a label you will also have more basis for environmental and/or health claims in your marketing.

08. marts 2018

There are many kinds of labels, with different focus, levels of requirements and documentation requirements. Some labels focus on the end-product, others on fibers, others on chemicals and so on. Some labels have requirements to the whole life cycle of the product. The level of verification is also different. The government officially recognizes the labels EU Ecolabel (EU blomsten) and Nordic Ecolabel (Svanemærket). 

Below you find some of the most used labels and an overview of some of the areas they focus on. The specific criteria for the various areas differ greatly among the labels. As an example, the requirements on organic cotton can vary from a few % to 100 % in the different labels. Demand for documentation also differs and it is necessary to visit the websites to get further information about the requirements. The criteria are revised continuously and therefore go to the website if you want to make sure you get the updated criteria.

Examples of existing labelling

Download examples here.

Questions and comments about the guideline can be directed to Louise Fredsbo Karlsson (lofan@mst.dk) from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.

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