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The Nordic Ecolabel is an official eco-label with absolute requirements. Nordic Ecolabelled papers have less impact on the environment than most other papers in their product groups and the Nordic Ecolabel signifies that the product fulfils strict environmental requirements.
This means that the paper has minimum environmental impact with regard to production, use and waste. This is achieved by using certified raw materials, by limiting the use of environmentally harmful chemicals, by producing low emissions to air and water and by reducing energy consumption.
Nordic Ecolabelling’s environmental requirements provide individual manufacturers guidance on how they can contribute to the development of an ecologically sustainable society.
The Nordic Ecolabel on a paper product confirms that resources have been used efficiently and that environmentally suitable production methods have been employed. The raw materials used in the product have been evaluated by Nordic Ecolabelling and only raw materials of the highest quality in environmental terms may be used in Nordic Ecolabelled products.
The copy and printing paper criteria consist of three documents; the criteria document below as well as the "Basic Module" and the "Chemical module". Please download these here:
For more information regarding fees for Nordic Swan Ecolabelled copy and printing paper:
Criteria documentSwedish / 4.4
Information on the latest version of the criteria for copy and printing paper
4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for copy and printing paper has been prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 4.4, is valid until December 31th, 2021.
4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for copy and printing paper has been extended with 18 months. At the same time the requirement R6 Take-back system has been removed. The new version, 4.3, is valid until December 31th, 2020.
4.1 ⇛ 4.2: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for copy and printing paper has been extended. The new version, 4.2, is valid until June 30th, 2019.
Some minor editorial changes were also introduced and requirement R5, marketing was removed.
4.0 ⇛ 4.1: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
On May 15th 2013 it was decided to extend the validity of the criteria with 24 months. The name of the new version is 4.1 and is valid until June 30th 2016.
We are so happy you decided to send in an application for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel!
The application process starts by you downloading the application form and filling it in. You then send it to Ecolabelling Sweden.
We will register your application and send you a confirmation. You will also be assigned an advisor who will help you through the application process.
During this process, you will send in documentation that proves that your product can successfully meet each of Nordic Ecolabelling’s requirements for your specific product group.
The application consists of these parts:
- Completed application form
- Documentation Overview
- Documentation showing fulfilment of all requirements according to the criteria document
Once your product has been approved – not before, you have the right to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all your marketing as long as your licence is valid.
We wish you luck with your application and, most importantly, your work towards a more sustainable world!
For more information: "Application step by step"