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Packaging for liquid foods 103

The intention with the criteria is to stimulate the development of sustainable produced renewable materials and use of recycled materials in the packaging.

Packaging for liquid foods is not a traditional Nordic Swan Ecolabelled product, since here it is the actual packaging that is Nordic Swan Ecolabelled, and not the product inside the packaging.

Nordic Swan Ecolabelled packaging for liquid foods:

  • Consists of minimum 90% sustainability sourced renewable materials or
    minimum 80% recycled material, in order to conserve the Earth's resources
    and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Fulfils the high requirements for chemicals, for the benefit of health aspects,
    as well as opportunities for recycling.
  • Can easier be recycled, which promotes the circular economy.

Guidelines for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel on packaging for liquid food

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    Fees valid from 1st January 2019

     

    Type of fee Amount
    Application fee* SEK 30 000 + VAT. Paper board used in packaging must be inspected and listed by Nordic Ecolabelling.**
    Renewal fee* SEK 15 000 + VAT. Paper board used in packaging must be inspected and listed by Nordic Ecolabelling.**
    More than one inspection visit in the Nordic countries*** EUR 500 + VAT per visit.
    Inspection visits in Europe outside the Nordic countries*** EUR 1,500 + VAT per visit.
    Inspection visits outside Europe*** EUR 2,500 + VAT per visit.
    Extension or change of existing licence**** Charged for how long the work takes:

    < 4 hours: EUR 375 + VAT
    4-8 hours: EUR 750 + VAT
    ≥ 8 hours: EUR 1,500 + VAT
    Annual licence fee for Nordic region 0.3% of turnover + VAT per year from EUR 0-50 million. 

    0.05% of turnover + VAT per year > EUR 50 million.
    Minimum fee for Nordic region EUR 2,000 + VAT per year.
    Maximum fee for Nordic region No maximum fee.
    Fees for sale outside the Nordic region          
    (Only if revenue > EUR 300,000 per year)
    EUR 2,000 + VAT per year.

    * When both the applicant and the manufacturer are micro-enterprises, the 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 EUR 2 million.

    ** Please note that both cardboard and pulp manufacturers must be inspected and listed by Nordic Ecolabelling in accordance with the "Basic and Chemicals Module for Nordic Ecolabelling of Paper Products". See further in the Criteria Document for Packaging for Liquid Foods, Chapter 3.1.

    *** Where inspection visits require more than one day including travelling, Nordic Ecolabelling can invoice an additional fee of EUR 1,000 per extra day. Other extraordinary costs induced by the inspection visit can also be invoiced the applicant.

    **** We make a distinction between completely administrative tasks lasting less than 1 hour, and all other tasks lasting between 1-4 hours, between 4-8 hours and more than 8 hours.

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for packaging for food liquids

    1.0 Adoption of criteria

    Nordic Ecolabelling decided on adopting criteria for packaging for food liquids on the 7 November 2018. Version 1.0 is valid until 30 June 2022.

  • 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 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"

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