Eco Labels

eco labels

Ecolabels are awarded by independent third parties. They can be voluntarily applied for by manufacturers to demonstrate that their products meet the qualifying criteria for a particular category of product. Below is our guide to some of the ecolabels held by products sold on our platform.



EU Ecolabel

The EU Ecolabel ensures that your Graphic paper, Tissue paper and Tissue products are produced in an environmentally responsible way: certain toxic chemicals are banned and at least 70 % of fibre material allocated to the product must be recycled or originates from forests managed according to sustainable forestry principles set out by an independent third-party certification scheme such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Find out more about the EU Ecolabel, and how to apply, here.

The Austrian Ecolabel for Products

The products and/or services for which guidelines have been drafted are subject to a holistic evaluation. In this context not only the environmental effects of the use of a product or a service but also the production process, disposal as well quality and fitness for use ("lifecycle") are recorded. The following points can be considered to be the basis for evaluating the environmental compatibility of products:

  • Consumption of raw materials and energy
  • Toxicity of ingredients
  • Emissions (e.g. exhaust gases, sewage, noise)
  • Disposal/recycling (waste, suitability for recycling)
  • Packaging
  • Distribution and transportation (as required)
  • Quality, safety, longevity, ease of repair.

Find out more about the Austrian Ecolabel for Products, and how to apply, here.

Compostability Mark for European Bioplastics

Guarantees that the product has been certified industrially compostable according to the harmonised European standard EN13432.  This means that the product will fully biodegrade in an industrial composting plant in a maximum of 12 weeks, but most probably in an even shorter time frame.  Industrial composting is carried out under controlled conditions, which means at a certain temperature, moisture and considering a defined maximum time frame, leaving nothing behind but water, biomass and CO2.. Relevant to biodegradable plastics.

Find out more about the Compostability Mark for European Bioplastics, and how to apply, here.


The PEFC logo on product ensures that wood/paper/packaging comes from sustainably managed forest, recycled and controlled sources.

Find out more about PEFC, and how to apply, here.


Nordic Swan Ecolabel

Guarantees that products consist of a high proportion of bio-based materials or recycled plastic to reduce the product's climate impact and have been designed to promote recycling.  The product meets strict criteria for environmental impact, quality and durability over its entire life cycle. Relevant to disposables for food.

Find out more about the Nordic Swan EcoLabel, and how to apply, here.


Biobased Content Certification Scheme

The European bio-based content certification scheme is used to specify and validate the amount of biomass in a bio-based product, based on the European standard EN 16785-1:2015.  This European standard provides a method of determining the bio-based content of solid, liquid and gaseous products using the radiocarbon analysis and elemental analyses.

Find out more about the Biobased Content Certification Scheme, and how to apply, here.

Blue Angel

The Blue Angel is the ecolabel of the federal government of Germany since 1978.  The Blue Angel sets high standards for environmentally friendly product design and has proven itself over the past 40 years as a reliable guide for a more sustainable consumption.  Guarantees quality (runnability and archivability), 100% recycled fibre and the exclusion of harmful chemicals during manufacture.

Find out more about the Blue Angel ecolabel, and how to apply, here.



FSC is the mark of responsible forestry.

The Forest Stewardship Council® is an international nongovernmental organization that promotes environmentally approprate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.  By choosing FSC®-certified products, you are supporting responsible managment of the world's forests.

The FSC® label on a product will clearly indicate whether that product is made from FSC(R)-certified material, whether it is made from FSC®-certified and other controlled material, or whether the forest-based material in the product is recycled.

Find out more about FSC and how to apply for a label here.

TÜV Austria Certification

TÜV Austria is a world leader in certification of bioplastics.

The OK Biobased logo shows that the total organic carbon content of the product is at least 30% and the carbon content of a renewable raw material (biobased) is at least 20%.
The number of stars on the logo refers to the Biobased Carbon Content (BCC) claiss obtained:  1 star = 20-40% BCC; 2 stars = 40-60% BCC; 3 stars = 60-80% BCC; 4 stars >80% BCC

Packaging or products bearing the OK compost INDUSTRIAL label are guaranteed to be biodegradable in an industrial composting plant.  This applies to all of their components, inks and additives.

The OK compost HOME label guarantees complete biodegradability in the light of specific requirements, even in a garden compost heap.

The OK biodegradable SOIL label guarantees that a products is completely biodegradable in the soil with no adverse effects on the environment.

Products certified for OK biodegradable WATER guarantee biodegradation in a natural fresh water environment.  This does not automatically guarantee biodegradation in marine waters.

Although some products may be certified to biodegrade in a marine environment, the OK biodegradable MARINE label is only permitted for use on items which have a function in the same environment (sea water) where they are meant to biodegrade (e.g. fishing line).  This is so as not to encourage general marine littering.

All of these marks demonstrate that products bearing a logo have been independently tested to relevant international standards.

Find out more about these labels, and how to apply, here.