The EU Ecolabel is part of a European labeling system that supports environmentally friendly products and services, except human/animal medicines. The system is created to promote these products in the EU and to better inform consumers about the effects on the environment.

On May 2, 2014 the European Commission decided to add a product group in to the Ecolabel system, namely “products processed paper”. This product group includes products such as envelopes, paper bags and stationery of paper, fold folders, binders, notebooks, notepads, notebooks, (school) books, spiral bound notebooks, calendars cover, diaries and loose sheets.

Participation in the system is voluntary. In order to get the EU Ecolabel on your product under Regulation (EC) No 66/2010, the product must fall within the product group “process paper” as stated and defined in Article 1 in conjunction with 2014/256/EU. The criteria for the product group “process paper” are valid for 3 years from the date of adoption of the decision.
The product group “process paper” does not include:

  • Products of printed paper which fall under the EU Ecolabel adopted by Decision2012/481/EU
  • Product packaging, with the exception of paper bags.

More information and an overview of the costs can be found at How to apply for EU Ecolabel.

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