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Disposables for food 047

Disposables for food encompasses take-away packaging such as coffee mugs and pizza boxes, containers and paper for wrapped food, disposables such as mugs, glasses, plates, cutlery and straws, bags and films for packaging food such as bread bags, freezer bags, fruit and vegetables, coffee and tea filters, toothpicks, cocktail sticks and mixing sticks. There are strict requirements for raw materials and chemicals used in the production of Nordic Swan Ecolabelled disposables focusing on environmental and health aspects. Requirements help to promote increased recycling, reduce product environmental impact, contribute to reduced use of fossil raw materials and avoid biodiversity loss.

The requirements include:

  • A Nordic Swan Ecolabelled disposable for food must be produced with a high proportion of renewable material or recycled plastic.
  • Prohibition of fluorine compounds, phthalates, bisphenol A, flavours, perfumes and PVC.
  • Environmental and health properties of adhesives and dyes.
  • Marking with sorting symbol / text.
  • The wood products must be determined and certified.
  • Prohibition of recycled paper, paperboard and cardboard.

The Disposables for food criteria consist of three documents; the criteria document below as well as the "Basic Module" and the "Chemical module". Please download these here:

  • Valid from 1 January 2023 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 3 114 EUR
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 557 EUR

    Annual licence fee

    The licence fee for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled products is based on their turnover in the Nordic countries The fee is 0,3 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries.
    Minimum fee in the Nordic countries 2 076 EUR per year.
    Fixed fee that is added for sales outside the Nordic countries 2 076 EUR per year if the turnover exceeds 300 000 EUR.

    Fee for extension / change of licence

    Fixed fee that is charged depending on how long the work takes.

    Up to 4 hours 389 EUR
    4–8 hours 778 EUR
    8 or more hours 1 557 EUR

    Fee for on-site inspections

    One on-site inspection in the Nordic countries is included when applying for a new or renewed licence.

    Additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 519 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 1 557 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside Europe 2 595 EUR per visit.
    Additional fee for on-site inspections lasting longer than one day 1 038 EUR per day.

    Ecolabelling Sweden AB has no financial profit purpose and is financed through the fees above along with an annual government grant. The company is however liable for VAT according to article 56 of the European Council Directive 2006/112/EC.

    Invoicing is made in SEK with the exchange rate from the first banking day of the year.

    When both the applicant and the manufacturer are micro-enterprises, the application fee is reduced by 50%. A micro-enterprise is in this context defined as an enterprise with less than 10 employees and an annual turnover (of both ecolabelled and not ecolabelled products) below 2 million EUR.

     

    Valid from 1 January 2019 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR

    Annual licence fee

    The licence fee for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled products is based on their turnover in the Nordic countries The fee is 0,3 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries.
    Minimum fee in the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR per year.
    Fixed fee that is added for sales outside the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR per year if the turnover exceeds 300 000 EUR.

    Fee for extension / change of licence

    Fixed fee that is charged depending on how long the work takes.

    Up to 4 hours 375 EUR
    4–8 hours 750 EUR
    8 or more hours 1 500 EUR

    Fee for on-site inspections

    One on-site inspection in the Nordic countries is included when applying for a new or renewed licence.

    Additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 500 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 1 500 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside Europe 2 500 EUR per visit.
    Additional fee for on-site inspections lasting longer than one day 1 000 EUR per day.

    Ecolabelling Sweden AB has no financial profit purpose and is financed through the fees above along with an annual government grant. The company is however liable for VAT according to article 56 of the European Council Directive 2006/112/EC.

    Invoicing is made in SEK with the exchange rate from the first banking day of the year.

    When both the applicant and the manufacturer are micro-enterprises, the application fee is reduced by 50%. A micro-enterprise is in this context defined as an enterprise with less than 10 employees and an annual turnover (of both ecolabelled and not ecolabelled products) below 2 million EUR.

     

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for disposables for food

    4.6 ⇛ 4.7 Adjustment and prolongation of criteria

    Adjustments in requirement O30, where cups marked in accordance with EU Directive 2019/904 are exempted; in O5, an alternative requirement for low molecular weight organochlorine compunds in wet strength agents was introduced and finally a requirement for tree species with limited use in Nordic Ecolabelled products was uptadet in O6. The validity of the criteria has also been extended. The new version is called 4.7 and is valid until December 31, 2024. 

    4.5 ⇛ 4.6 Adjustment of criteria

    An adjustment in requirement O15 regarding exemption for BHT up to 2 ppm in water-repellent cardboard layers in disposable articles. The new version is called 4.6 and valid until June 30, 2023.

    4.4 ⇛ 4.5 Adjustment of criteria

    An adjustment in requirement O19 has been made. The new version is called 4.5 and is valid until 30 June 2023.

    4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Prolongation of the criteria and adjustment

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 12 months. At the same time, an adjustment of requirement O30 regarding recycling marking has been made. The new version, 4.4, is valid until 30 June 2023.

    4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Prolongation of the criteria

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 4.3, is valid until 30 June 2022.

    4.1 ⇛ 4.2 Adjustment of criteria

    The definition of the product group has been changed not allowing disposables for food made of plastics anymore. At the same time an adjustment regarding D6 in requirement O18 has been made and a reference to the same requirement has been added in O15. The new version is called 4.2 and is valid until 30 June 2021.

    4.0 ⇛ 4.1 Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustment in requirement O19 Dyes used for paper / cardboard / carton and accompanying appendix 4c. In addition, the return system requirement was removed. The new version is 4.1 and is valid until 30 June 2021.

    4.0 New generation of criteria

    Version 4.0 for Nordic Ecolabelling's criteria for Disposables for food har been published.The criteria are valid until 30 Juni 2021.

    3.4 ⇛ 3.5: Prolongation of the criteria

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 3.5, is valid until June 30th 2019.

    3.3 ⇛ 3.4: Adjustment and prolongation of the criteria

    • Recycling has been added as an alternative to composting for all product types in requirement O23. Requirement O24 was also updated according to this change.
    • The criteria's validity was prolonged with 18 months.

    The new version, 3.4, is valid until December 31st 2018.

    3.2 ⇛ 3.3: Adjustment of the criteria

    Requirement O14 regarding energy comsumption in polymer production has been updated. The new version, 3.3, is valid until June 30th 2017.

    3.1 ⇛ 3.2: Prolongation of the criteria

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 15 months. Also, requirement O36 Marketing was removed. The new version, 3.2, is valid until June 30th 2017.

    3.0 ⇛ 3.1: Adjustment of criteria

    An adjustment of the text in requirements R1 and R2 has been made. Minor changes have also been made to other regulations according to the adjustments in R1 and R2. The new version, 3.1, is valid until March 31st 2016.

  • In order to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in your marketing, you must have a valid Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence. Please log in to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal to apply for a licence. You are free to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all of your marketing from the date of approval until your licence expires.

    Go to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal and start your application process!

    If this is the first time you apply, an authorised signatory in your company must approve the terms and conditions for the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal. Then you will get a login to the portal and the right to assign access to other colleagues.

    Please, fill in the power of attorney.

    When you have filled in the power of attorney, you will receive an e-mail from us with your login credentials.

    Start by going through the requirements and fees that apply to your specific product group. These can be found above.

    In some cases, you must use our separate application form. For example, the form must be used in cases where the producer and licensee are two separate companies, or if you wish to cancel a licence. Please contact your advisor in these cases, or if you are unsure what applies to you. The form to be used in these special cases can be downloaded here.

    For more details on the application process, please head to our application guide: "Application step by step".

    Good luck with your application!

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