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What is a Sustainability Standard?

&r=1" class="c1"> Also know as Environmental Labelling, eco-labelling consists on attaching to a product an information seal with its environmental characteristics, in order to support purchasing decision

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Eco-labelling, also known as “Environmental Labelling”, consists on attaching an informative seal to a product. The seal states the environmental characteristics of the product. The environmental information provided through eco-labels can be in form of symbols, logos, text, or datasheets.

The eco-labelling schemes can be developed by the first, second, third or fourth parties. The first party are the producers, the second party are the importers, wholesalers or distributors, the third party are non-interest parties such as NGOs, and the fourth party are international organisations. The detailed level of environmental criteria used for eco-labelling can be single/multiple aspects or data sheet of environmental profiles, depending on the type of eco-label applied.

The overall goal of eco-labelling is to provide information about environmental characteristics of products/services to support purchasing decision for the product with less environmental impacts. The market-driven product declaration through eco-labels is aimed to stimulate environmental improvement, resulting in reduced stress on the environment.