Consultation concerning proposed criteria for Textiles, skins/hides and leather

Nordic Ecolabelling gives you the opportunity to comment on the proposal for criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelling for textiles, skins/hides and leather. Your comments are important and will be considered by the national Ecolabelling boards and the Nordic Ecolabelling Board.

Due to the corona situation, the the current public consultation period has been prolonged with six weeks.

We look forward to your comments, which should be sent to the Nordic Ecolabelling no later than July 31, 2020 to be taken into consideration.

 What has been changed?

Certification model

To achieve a better view of which products are marketed with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, generation 5 criteria introduce a 2-part certification structure, which now includes both a “Brand owner license” and a “Production license”.

 “Brand owner license” is for companies that sell Nordic Swan Ecolabelled products under its own brand or in other ways want to bring Nordic Swan Ecolabelled products on the market. The product may be e.g. fibers/yarns, fabric, leather or finished goods. A “Brand owner license” will always draw on one or more production licenses.

 “Production license” is an underlying license where all the environmental (technical) requirements are documented. It does not give the right to bring physical products with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel on the market. It will typically be given to the end manufacturer that delivers to the brand owner – and will be linked to documentation of a variety of processes and physical flows.

 A brand owner company who also produces the textile, will always have both a “Brand owner license” and a “Production license”. While a brand owner, who uses a subcontractor for the production, will be able to choose either to use the “Production license” of the subcontractor, or to own the “Production license” themselves.

 Criteria Guide and Requirement overview

In order to make it easier for individual stakeholders in the value chain for textiles to find the requirements relevant to them, we have developed a criteria guide with an overview of all requirements and which actors in the supply chain the requirements are relevant for.

The criteria guide can be downloaded from the website. The guide is divided into the different steps and processes in the production chain. There may well be several steps and processes, that are relevant to a stakeholder depending on how many steps in the chain the stakeholder covers.

Note! There are no appendices to the criteria yet.

We wish to higlight the following points

  • Cotton: Virgin cotton must be 100 % organic. Only for selected fabrics for professionals, alternatively 100% certified fibers are accepted according to either BCI, FairTrade or Cotton Made in Africa (requirement O14).
  • Synthetic fibers must be either based on recycled or bio-based material (requirements O25, O26 and O27).
  • Regenerated cellulose fibers must be recycled or certified sustainable and the actual fiber production must be free of wastewater (requirements O23 and O24).
  • Recycled fibers must document test requirements for harmful substances (requirement O28).
  • New structure for the chemical requirements: The structure of the chemical requirements has been changed and requirements have been tightened. There are now requirements, that exclude selected classifications such as CMR substances of both chemicals as well as all ingoing substances, regardless of the type of chemical involved. At the same time, there are requirements for prohibited substances covering all production chemicals (e.g. requirements O31, O32 and O33).
  • Reduce energy and water consumption: The requirement for energy and water consumption has been expanded with the requirement to implement a minimum of BAT techniques to reduce energy and water consumption (requirement O45).
  • Durability: New wear resistance requirement for selected textile products with differentiated requirement level. For example, for furnishing fabrics, professional work wear and outdoor wear in general (requirement O74).
  • Design for recycling - new packaging requirements: Design requirements for recycling of primary packaging (requirements O85, O86 and O87).
  • Unsold textiles: New requirement for both brand owner and textile manufacturer, that unsold textiles must not be sent for incineration or landfill (requirements O2 and O82).

Documents for download

Who can provide input?

All people, companies and institutions who are interested in taking part in the development work of Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for Car, boat and train care products can provide us with their opinions and comments. We would appreciate if you kindly distribute information about this review to whom it may concern.

How can comments be sent in?

Your input is most valuable to our criteria development. We prefer to receive your answers via mail for each contry.

For further questions, please contact our Product Specialist for Sweden:
Ulf Eriksson
E-mail: or

For further questions, please contact our Product Specialist for Norway:
Elisabeth Magnas
E-mail: or

For further questions, please contact our Kriteriechef for Denmark:
Jakob Wegener Waidløw
E-mail: or

For further questions, please contact our Product Specialist for Finland:
Terhi Uusitalo
E-mail: or

What happens next?

When the consultation period is complete, the answers will be compiled and evaluated. For this reason, a new revised proposal for criteria will be submitted to the Swedish Ecolabelling Board and the other national committees. On this basis, the Nordic Ecolabelling Board will then decide on new criteria.

Part of the decision document is the summary of all consultation responses together with answers from Nordic Ecolabelling. The summary will be public and available on each country web page in connection with the publication of the new criteria.

We look forward to receiving your comments no later than July 31, 2020.