Nordic Ecolabel Swan

The Swan is the official Nordic ecolabel, and it “demonstrates that a product is a good environmental choice”. In 1989, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided to introduce a common, impartial, official environmental label for the Nordic region.

So, five for the price of one – very economic! The (green) Swan is a variation on the (blue Swan) logo of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The activities within Nordic Ecolabelling are coordinated by the Nordic Ecolabelling Board.

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Qualidade Ambiental

The Brazilian environmental quality certification scheme, Certificado do Rótulo Ecológico ABNT – Qualidade Ambiental, took wing in 1993 as a joint programme by the Brazilian Association for Technical Standards (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas – ABNT) and the Brazilian Government. This scheme uses a life-cycle analysis.

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Korea Eco-label

The Korean Eco-label has been run by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Korea Eco-Products Institute (KOECO) since 1992, “certifying Eco Labels to qualifying eco-products for excellent quality and performance, as well as general environment-friendliness during the entire production process”.

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The Blauer Engel (Blue Angel) is the first environment-related label for products and services in the world. It was created in 1977, and the first awards made in 1978. Blue Angel logo

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US Green Seal of Approval

December 19, 2007

Green Seal logo Green Seal is an independent non-profit organisation in the US. Founded in 1989, it completed its first product certifications in 1992. It covers both products and product and service providers.

Green Seal makes a very clear statement of its scientific background and its leading involvement with international eco-labelling developments.

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The Ecomark Scheme of India was launched in 1991 by the Government of India.

Of all the environmental labelling scheme logos I’ve seen yet – and there are plenty more to come – this clay pot is one of the simplest, certainly easier than most to remember or draw by hand.

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Eco Mark logo

The Japanese Eco Mark Program, founded in 1989, is operated by the Japan Environment Association (JEA).

This Eco Mark applies to products and their life cycles.

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The European Union Eco-label or Flower is

a voluntary scheme designed to encourage businesses to market products and services that are kinder to the environment and for European consumers – including public and private purchasers – to easily identify them.

I don’t recall ever seeing the Eco-label. Just how far has it spread?

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