10 strengths: How the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel promote circular economy

The aim of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel is to promote sustainable development – by paving the way to a sustainable future and by ensuring the environment is already reaping the maximum benefit in today’s society. The ecolabels set out requirements specific to the product, taking the full life cycle of the product into consideration when drawing up these requirements. This is primarily done based on the following six parameters:

  • Requirements for renewable, recycled and sustainable raw materials
  • Strict chemical requirements
  • Requirements for reduced use of resources and energy
  • Quality requirements and lifetime
  • Requirements for product design, dismantling and repairability
  • Requirements for optimum waste and resource handling

This solid foundation makes the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel the obvious tools of choice for driving a circular economy – in turn strengthening competitiveness among businesses, boosting resource efficiency and helping create new business models and innovative solutions. Below are the 10 features of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel, which support the drive towards a circular economy: