Outdoor furniture, playground and park equipment 073
The product group includes outdoor furniture, equipment for play and sports as well as park equipment. Among other things tables, chairs, benches, climbing frames, swings, playhouses, sandboxes, and slides for playgrounds, permanently installed fitness and parkour equipment - and fences, trellis, waste containers, flagpoles, bicycle racks and sheds.
It is also possible to certify specific construction products, toys, and indoor furniture with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel - however, this is done according to other criteria. It is not possible to certify outdoor furniture with textile or padding, fall surfaces, artificial lawns, bathing jetties and terraces.
Extensive requirements are set for constituent materials and chemicals – and the circular economy is promoted through demanding warranty and the possibility for recycling of materials.
The requirements include:
- Use of wood from sustainably managed forests, i.e., requirements for traceability and a minimum of 70% certified wood raw materials.
- Use of a high proportion of recycled plastic or plastic from renewable raw materials as well as a high proportion of recycled metal or metal made with lower climate footprints.
- Environmental and health properties of chemicals used in various stages of production. Among other things, strict requirements for the use of substances that are carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction and can damage genetic material, as well as bans on halogenated flame retardants, fluorides, and nanoparticles.
- Limits for content and emissions of formaldehyde in relevant chemicals and materials such as adhesives, and wood-based panels.
- Limits for VOC in surface treatments.
- Requirements for durability of wood.
- Warranty, availability of spare parts, and circular design.
Valid from 1 January 2021 Amount excluding VAT
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 up to 30 million EUR.
The fee is 0,05 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries for the amount exceeding EUR.
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 outdoor furniture, playground and park equipment
4.0 ⇛ 4.1: Adjustment of criteria
Requirement O30 Other prohibited substances in chemical products have been adjusted for substances on List II of the EU Member State initiatives "Endocrine Disruptor Lists". The new version is called 4.1.
4.0: New criteria generation
Nordic Ecolabelling Board has adopted a new generation of criteria for outdoor furniture, playground and park. The new generation, 4.0, is valid until 31 December 2025.
3.14 ⇛ 3.15 Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The criteria has been prolonged with 6 months until 31 December 2022. The new version is called 3.15.
3.13 ⇛ 3.14 Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The criteria has been prolonged with 6 months until 30 June 2022. The new version is called 3.14.
3.12 ⇛ 3.13 Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The criteria has been prolonged with 6 months until 31 December 2021. The new version is called 3.13.
3.11 ⇛ 3.12: Adjustment of criteria
Requirement R36 Recycled/recovered plastics has been adjusted. The new version is called 3.12.
3.10 ⇛ 3.11 Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The criteria has been prolonged with 12 months until 31 March 2021. At the same time requirement O39 Take-back system has been removed. The new version is called 3.11.
3.9 ⇛ 3.10: Alteration of criteria
On 8 March 2017 the Nordic Ecolabelling's Criteria Group decided to implement Nordic Ecolabellings new forestry requirements as an alternative to the present forestry requirements. The new version is called 3.10.
3.8 ⇛ 3.9: Prolongation of criteria
On 7 February 2017 the Nordic Ecolabelling's Criteria Group decided to prolong the criteria until 31 March 2020. The new version is called 3.9.
3.7 ⇛ 3.8: Alteration of criteria
On 8 January 2016 the Nordic Ecolabelling's Criteria Group approved to insert an except for bronopol up to 0.05% by weight in requirement R21. The new version is 3.8.
3.6 ⇛ 3.7: Alteration of criteria
On 16 June 2015 the Nordic Ecolabelling's Criteria Group approved to insert requirements for HPL panels in its own section in the criteria At the same time the product group name changed to Outdoor furniture, outdoor fixtures and playground equipment. The new version is 3.7.
3.5 ⇛ 3.6: Alteration and extension criteria's validity
- In version 3.6 of the criteria it has been specified that also wood/bike/bus and tool sheds are included in the criteria, but that composite materials are not.
- The product group will also be expanded with requirements for HPL plates when these are approved in version 6 of building boards in February 2015.
- The requirement R43 regarding marketing has been removed.
- The validity of the criteria has been extended with two years.
The new version, 3.6, is vaild until March 31st 2019.
3.4 ⇛ 3.5: Alteration of the criteria
R 19: An alteration of R19 has been made to make it more clear that the requirement only applies to wood preservatives with biocides or heavy metal.
3.3 ⇛ 3.4: Extension of criteria's validity
The validity for Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for outdoor furniture and playground equipment has been extended. The new version, 3.3, is valid until March 31st 2017.
3.2 ⇛ 3.3: Alteration the criteria
R23: Regarding recycled metal in Nordic Ecolabelled furniture.
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, please contact email@example.com to receive login information for the Portal.
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!