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The Nordic Swan Ecolabel works to reduce the environmental impact from production and consumption of goods and services – and to make it easy for consumers and professional buyers to choose the environmentally best goods. Textiles must meet environmental, health and quality criteria in order to reduce the environmental impact of the various stages of production and to protect the health of workers and consumers.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel was established in 1989 and is the official environmental label of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland). The requirements are defined by the Nordic Ecolabelling Board with representatives from all countries. There are ecolabelling offices by appointment of the national governments in all the capitals where applications can be handled. The information, including all criteria sets in English are presented on www.nordic-ecolabel.org.
It is possible to obtain a certification with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel within 54 different product criteria/standards counting more than 200 different product types. Currently, more than 35.000 different products are sold with the Nordic Swan ecolabel in the Nordic countries and the number is growing.

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of natural fibers (e.g. cotton) and production of synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester)


The production and further processing of yarns and fabrics into a finished garment involves many sub-steps (e.g. spinning, weaving and knitting, sewing, tailoring and finishing)

Transportation / distribution

The transport route from one production stage to the next as well as to the end consumer

Products use and consumption

Usage through the owner


Proper disposal of textiles or return of materials to the cycle (recycling)