Tissue paper 005
The product group includes cellulose-based tissue paper and tissue products for both private and professional use. This means that, for example, toilet paper, kitchen and household towels, napkins, hand towels, facial tissue and handkerchiefs can apply for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is a strong tool for producing tissue products with reduced impact on the environment and climate.
The requirements include, among others:
- Energy and climate efficient manufacturing with reduced energy consumption and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases. Fossil oil or coal are not allowed in production.
- All virgin fibres must be traceable and come from controlled sources – and at least 70 % of the fibres must come from certified forests or be recycled.
- Limits for emissions to air and water during production.
- Environmental and health properties of the chemicals used in production.
The tissue paper criteria consist of three documents; the criteria document below as well as the "Basic module" and the "Chemical module". Please download these here:
Welcome to apply for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel license!
This is how you do:
- Read the application guide.
- Log in to the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal.
- Start your application.
If this is the first time you are applying, the authorized signatory must fill in your company information and approve the application conditions. In this way, you get login to the portal and the right to assign access to other colleagues.
To the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal
Some special cases can not be done in the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal. Contact your advisor for such cases. More information can be found on "Application step by step".
Fees valid from 1st January 2018
Type of fee Amount Application fee including one on-site inspection within the Nordic region *) 3 114 EUR + VAT per pulp Renewal fee* 1 557 EUR + VAT per pulp More than one inspection visit within the Nordic region** 519 EUR + VAT per visit Inspection visits in Europe** 1 557 EUR + VAT per visit Inspection visits outside Europe** 2 595 EUR + VAT per visit Extension of existing licence*** Extension of existing or changes in licence
< 4 hours: 389 EUR + VAT
4 - 8 hours: 778 EUR + VAT
≥ 8 hours: 1 557 EUR + VAT
Annual licence fee for Nordic region 0.3% of turnover + VAT per year from 0 - 30 million EUR
0.05% of turnover + VAT per year > 30 million EUR
Minimum fee for Nordic region 2 076 EUR + VAT per year Maximum fee for Nordic region No maximum fee
Fees for sale outside the Nordic region
(Only if revenue > 300 000 EUR per year)
2 076 EUR + 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 2 million EUR.
** Where audits requires more than one day away from the office including travelling, Nordic Ecolabelling can invoice an additional fee of 1 038 EUR per extra day. Other extraordinary costs induced by the audit can also be invoiced the applicant.
*** As for an extension of or amendments to a licence, time consumed in connection with the review process will be invoiced according to the extent of the required task. We make a distinction between entirely administrative tasks that last less than 1 hour, and all other tasks that last between 1 and 4 hours, between 4 and 8 hours and more than 8 hours.
The recipient is liable for the VAT according to article 56 of the Council Directive 2006/112/EC.
All information given on this site is subject to a disclaimer for errors and omissions
Criteria documentSwedish / 6.0
Criteria documentSwedish / 5.10
Writable declarationsSwedish / 5.10
Criteria documentEnglish / 6.0
Criteria documentEnglish / 5.10
Calculation sheet generation 5English / 5.10
Calculation sheetEnglish / 6.0
When your customer applies for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence, they will need their suppliers' help. Every item in the product to be licenced has to be declared for.
Pulp and chemical suppliers can declare their products in the MSA Portal. You will be issued a personal account to ensure that your information is treated confidentially.
For more information, please visit the Pulp and Paper Declaration pages.
Information on the latest version of the criteria for tissue paper
6.0 New generation of criteria
The Nordic Ecolabelling Board decided on 21 December, 2022 to adopt a new generaton of criteria for Nordic Ecolabelled Tissue paper and paperproducts. Criteria generation 6.0. is valid until December 31, 2027.
5.9 ⇛ 5.10: Prolongation of the criteria
The validity of the criteria was extended with 6 months. The new version, 5.10 , valid until December 31, 2023.
5.8 ⇛ 5.9: Prolongation of the criteria
The validity of the criteria was extended with 6 months. The new version, 5.9, is valid until June 30th, 2023.
5.7 ⇛ 5.8: Prolongation of the criteria
The validity of the criteria was extended with 12 months. The new version, 5.8, is valid until December 31th, 2022.
5.6 ⇛ 5.7: Prolongation of the criteria
The validity of the criteria was extended with 6 months. The new version, 5.7, is valid until December 31th, 2021.
5.5 ⇛ 5.6: Prolongation of the criteria
- The requirement on take-back system, R24, was removed.
- The validity of the criteria was extended with 18 months.
The new version, 5.6, is valid until June 30th, 2021.
5.4 ⇛ 5.5: Alteration of the criteria
Adjustments have been made in O4 Energy and O5 Emissions of CO2 for producers of tissue paper that do not have their own energy production based on renewable raw materials and are not associated with a thermal power plant. The new version, 5.5, is valid until December 31st 2019,
5.3 ⇛ 5.4: Prolongation of the criteria
- Minor editorial changes have been made in requirements R3, R8, R24, Table 3 and in "Annual update".
- The requirement on marketing, R26, was removed.
- The validity of the criteria was extended.
The new version, 5.4, is valid until December 31st, 2019.
5.2 ⇛ 5.3: Adjustment of the criteria
An adjustment of the product group's definition and also a change in R9 has been made. The new version, 5.3, is valid until December 31st 2016.
5.1 ⇛ 5.2: Extension of the validity of the criteria
It has been decided to extend the validity of the criteria with 24 months. The new version, 5.2, is valid until December 31st 2016.
5.0 ⇛ 5.1: Extension 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 5.1 and is valid until December 31st 2016.
Background documentSwedish / 5.10
Consultation commentsSwedish / 6.0
Background documentEnglish / 6.0