european Commission announces new Criteria for ecolabel
The European Commission (EU) has recently issued a notice in its official journal establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to textile products by amending certain clauses. The notice modifies the definition of textile products to include intermediate products that can now benefit from the environment-friendly label.
The validity of the Ecolabel requirements for textile products has been extended to 78 months. The criteria were due to expire in June 2018.
Under the EU Ecolabel voluntary scheme, companies can label their products as having a lower environmental impact than other products within the same group. In the textile sector, the Ecolabel can be awarded to all sorts of products made of textiles, including clothing and accessories, interior textiles, fibres, yarn and fabric.
Under the amended definition, textile products include the following three categories: Textile fibres, yarn, fabric and knitted panels; non-fibre elements and cleaning products like woven or non-woven products made from textile fibres and intended for the wet or dry cleaning of surfaces and the drying of kitchenware.