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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.
  • Fees valid from 1 January 2021

    Application fee

    Application fee including one on-site inspection within the Nordic region *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT.

    Annual licence fee

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0.3% of turnover + VAT
    from EUR 0 – 30 million 
    0.05% of turnover + VAT
    > EUR 30 million
    Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the Nordic countries No maximum fee
    Annual licence fee outside the Nordic countries (for licence holders with a turnover of more than 300 000 EUR of Nordic Swan ecolabelled products, sold outside the Nordic countries) 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT

    If the Nordic Swan ecolabelled products are only sold outside the Nordic countries, a minimum fee is always charged.

    Fee for extensions/alterations of licence

    Extension/alteration of existing licence The fee is based on how long it takes to handle the matter:
    - Less than 4 hours: 3 750 SEK excl. VAT
    - Between 4 and 8 hours: 7 500 SEK excl. VAT
    - More than 8 hours: 15 000 SEK excl. VAT

    Fees for on-site inspections

    Extra fee for additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 5 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe***) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspections outside Europe***) 25 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit

    Euro rate: The exchange rate of the first day of the year is used to convert amounts in Euro to national currency.

    *) Micro enterprises are charged half the fee. A micro enterprise, according to our definition, is a company with a maximum of 10 employees and with a total turnover of 2 million EUR (including both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products).

    **) Corporations pay only one licence fee

    ***) There is an extra fee of 1 000 EUR per day if the inspection takes more than one day.

  • 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 portal@svanen.se 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!

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