Consultation concerning the proposed criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelling for Ski wax

Nordic Ecolabelling gives you the opportunity to comment on the proposal for criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelling for Ski Wax. Your comments are important and will be considered by the national Ecolabelling boards and the Nordic Ecolabelling Board.

We look forward to your comments, which should be sent to the Nordic Ecolabelling no later than March 10, 2018 to be taken into consideration.

Please find the proposed criteria for download further down on this page.

Introduction to the criteria

The proposed criteria have been prepared by representatives from the national Nordic Ecolabelling offices under the leadership of Thor Hirsch. Please contact the Swedish office if you wish to receive a hard copy of the documents and/or a list of the bodies consulted.

The criteria cover glide wax products for all types of skis and boards intended for use on snow. This includes products that improve glide on skin skis. The greatest environmental benefits are achieved by selecting requirements that have most relevance, potential and steerability in the life cycle of the product. The objective is to stimulate skiers that currently use low fluorinated (LF) glide wax products to shift to fluorine-free glide wax products. 

A Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Ski Wax:

  • Is fluorine-free.
  • Provides good glide performance.
  • Is dirt-repellent.
  • Has good wear resistance.
  • Has been proved to be as good as equivalent fluorine-containing waxes.

Nordic Ecolabelling is particularly interested in comments on the following issues

Nordic Ecolabelling would appreciate comments on the entire set of criteria in general, and particularly to the following points:

What can carry the Nordic Swan Ecolabel?

Glide wax products for all types of skis and boards intended for use on snow. This includes products that improve glide on skin skis. Grip waxes (base prep waxes, kick waxes, klister) and wax removers cannot be Nordic Swan Ecolabelled. 

All organofluorine compounds are banned. At the same time, Nordic Ecolabelling intends to ensure that organofluorine compounds are not being replaced by chemicals with other properties that have adverse effects on the environment and health. This is achieved by specific requirements to all ingoing substances (requirements O2-O5).

The criteria should ensure that the products are of high quality, by requirements on functionality (reqiurements O6-O8).

Documents for download

Criteria proposal (Norwegian)

Criteria proposal (English)

Background to the proposal (Norwegian)

Background to the proposal (English)

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Who can provide input?

All people, companies and institutions who are interested in taking part in the development work of Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for Ski Wax can provide us with their opinions and comments. We would appreciate if you kindly distribute information about this review to whom it may concern.

How can comments be sent in?

Your input is most valuable to our criteria development. We prefer to receive your answers via the form below, via mail or by e-mail to remiss@svanen.se.

For further questions, please contact Kristin Stamyr, Product Specialist e-mail: kristin.stamyr@svanen.se or telephone +46 (0)8-55 55 24 59.

What happens next?

When the consultation period is complete, the answers will be compiled and evaluated. For this reason, a new revised proposal for criteria will be submitted to the Swedish Ecolabelling Board and the other national committees. On this basis, the Nordic Ecolabelling Board will then decide on new criteria.

Part of the decision document is the summary of all consultation responses together with answers from Nordic Ecolabelling. The summary will be public and available on the Ecolabelling Sweden website in connection with the publication of the new criteria.

We look forward to receiving your comments no later than March 10, 2018.

Best regards,

Kristin Stamyr
Ecolabelling Sweden

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