ECOLABEL GUIDELINE

Ecolabel guide

Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme established in 1992 to encourage businesses to market products and services that are kinder to the environment.

The main purpose of this Ecolabel brochure is to help you formulate cleaning products according to Ecolabel criteria. To guide you using our products, you will find a table containing the following information:

  1. Active content [%] of our products
  2. DID-number for products included in the DID-list part A
  3. Calculated value for Df/Tf for products as such (concentration of active matter is considered)
  4. Biodegradability of surfactants (readily and anaerobic biodegradability)
  5. Risk phrases (R) and Hazard Statement (H)

The brochure contains a short description of each cleaning product category and the important criteria for each group, related to our range of products, are summarized below. You will also find explanations and examples on how to calculate the Critical Dilution Volume (CDV) using the data present in the table. This document should be considered as a guideline (or living document), which can be changed when additional information is available.

For more information about Ecolabel, please visit the European Union website:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/index_en.htm

 

Laundry detergents

Current criteria Commission decision of 28 April, 2011

Valid until 28 April 2015

Web link http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/products-groups-and-criteria.html

Product group Principally for household machines

 

Dishwashers

Current criteria Commission decision of 28 April, 2011

Valid until 28 April 2015

Web link http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/products-groups-and-criteria.html

Product group For both private and professional automatic dishwashers

 

Hand dishwashing detergents

Current criteria Commission decision of 24 June, 2011

Valid until 24 June, 2015

Web link http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/products-groups-and-criteria.html

Criterion 1 Toxicity to aquatic organisms – Critical dilution volume (CDV)

Criterion 2 Biodegradability of surfactants:

a. Ready biodegradability (aerobic)

Each surfactant used in the product shall be readily biodegradable

Assessment: 1) DID-list part A shall be used; 2) if not included, at least 60% biodegradability within 28 days in OECD 301, B, C, D, F must be reached

b. Anaerobic biodegradability

Anaerobically non-biodegradable surfactants may be used only if they are not classified with H400/R50 (very toxic to aquatic life)

Assessment 1) DID-list A part A shall be used; 2) if not included, at least 60% ultimate biodegradability under anaerobic conditions in OECD 311 must be reached

 

All purpose, window and sanitary (kitchen, bathroom) cleaners

Current criteria Commission decision of 28 June, 2011

Valid until 28 June, 2015

Web link http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/products-groups-and-criteria.html

Product group For both private and professional use

Criterion 1 Toxicity to aquatic organisms – Critical dilution volume (CDV)

Criterion 2 Biodegradability of surfactants:

a. Ready biodegradability (aerobic)

Each surfactant used in the product shall be readily biodegradable

Assessment: 1) DID-list part A shall be used; 2) if not included, at least 60% biodegradability within 28 days in OECD 301, B, C, D, F must be reached

b. Anaerobic biodegradability

Anaerobically non-biodegradable surfactants may be used only if they are not classified with H400/R50 (very toxic to aquatic life)

Assessment 1) DID-list A part A shall be used; 2) if not included, at least 60% ultimate biodegradability under anaerobic conditions in OECD 311 must be reached