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About EU Ecolabel


About EU Ecolabel

EU Ecolabel is the official European environmental label and is recognised by all European Union countries, plus Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. The label imposes sustainability requirements on the entire lifecycle of products and services.

Displaying the EU Ecolabel indicates that the product or service has a reduced negative impact on the environment, public health, the climate, and natural resources. Only those products and services that satisfy strict requirements can receive the label. For producers and suppliers, the EU Ecolabel is reliable proof of a more environmentally friendly product or service. It helps consumers to make more sustainable choices.

SMK: Competent Body

Since the establishment of the EU Ecolabel, SMK has been the competent body for the label in the Netherlands. This means that SMK issues EU Ecolabel certificates to products and services on behalf of the government of the Netherlands.

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European scope

It is the only EU-wide available voluntary label that rewards non-food products and services of environmental excellence since 1992. This makes it highly relevant for cross-border markets. The EU Ecolabel keeps growing, with nearly 90,000 products and services on the EU market.

Wide Choice

In the Netherlands, more than 1,700 products and services have been certified, including cleaning agents, paper, clothing, shoes, appliances, DIY and construction materials (including paint), tourist accommodation, and cosmetics.

Good for people and the environment

The EU Ecolabel is awarded to products and services with a lower footprint than conventional products over their entire lifecycle. This means products that contain less hazardous chemicals, are designed to last longer and easier to repair, and that are manufactured generating less waste and CO2.

Only the most environmentally friendly products can receive the label. The requirements have been defined in such a way that only 10 – 20 percent of products on the EU market can receive the EU Ecolabel.



Independent and transparant

The criteria are developed by the European Commission and Members States, in cooperation with industry, consumer organisations and environmental NGOs.


Unlike non-certified green claims and labels, national authorities thoroughly check producers’ compliance with the EU Ecolabel requirements.


Products certified
Product groups
Certificate holders


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Sustainable Development Goals

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