Dr. Regina Henkel
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Dr. Regina Henkel

The Nordic Ecolabel: A Swan Stands for Sustainability

The Nordic Ecolabel, also known simply as the Swan, is the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. It was founded by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 1989 with the goal of creating a labelling system that would help consumers recognize and select environmentally friendly products.

Well-known ecolabel for Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland.
Well-known ecolabel for Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland.

Each Nordic country has its own national offices responsible for developing criteria, licensing, marketing and audits.

Today there are 63 product groups, including textiles and leather. To be eligible to bear the seal, products must fulfill a series of environmental, health and quality requirements.

The swan is the symbol for the ecolabel of the Nordic countries.
The swan is the symbol for the ecolabel of the Nordic countries.

Nordic Ecolabel: Materials and Processing

Certification includes the production of fibers and skins and their processing all the way up to the finished textile or leather product. Recycled fibers are also integrated.

Both the production of the raw material and its processing as well as the use of chemicals are of central importance. Social criteria are also among the list of requirements. Textile quality is also ensured through factors like color fastness and shrinkage.


Dr. Regina Henkel
Author:
Dr. Regina Henkel


Dr. Regina Henkel
Author:
Dr. Regina Henkel




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