The Eco-label is a European voluntary scheme intended to promote products with a reduced environmental impact during their entire life cycle. This measure is closely linked to the Eco-design and Green Public Purchasing.
Eco-label is not awarded to substances that meet the carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction (CMR) and substance of very high concern (SVHC) criteria as defined under REACH, but in some instances derogations on ad hoc basis are possible.
When awarded, the Eco-label symbol can also have an optional text outlining the product’s three main environmentally-friendly criteria, such as the exclusion of a certain chemical substance in the article.
The Commission is working on criteria for product groups such mattresses and footwear, which might be based on polyurethanes.