News: EU Ecolabel avoids harmful chemicals on clothing
Textiles can contain harmful chemicals which come into contact with your, or you little one’s, skin. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the peace of mind that there is nothing present which could harm your skin?
Thursday, 20th April 2017
Much of the clothing we and our children wear comes into direct contact with our skin, as well as in contact with upholstered items and household furnishings.
Textile items with an EU Ecolabel ensure that no harmful chemicals and substances have been used in the manufacture of the products or remain on the final product, thus ensuring yours, and your children's, skin remains protected. Substances of very high concern are restricted for use in the production of textiles and all items must comply with strict requirements set out in the Restricted Substance List at all stages of production.
In addition, the EU Ecolabel Textiles criteria reduces the environmental impact of the product along the whole supply – from how the sheep are looked after on a farm through to what substances are on the final product that comes into contact with your skin. The assessment process also ensures that effluent waste water is treated efficiently and manufacturing sites must show how they have achieved energy efficiency through implementation of Best Available Techniques (BAT), covering ‘general energy management’, ‘washing and rinsing processes’ and ‘drying and curing using stenter frames’.
When considering, in particular clothing worn by babies and young children, thought must turn to the substances which could have been used to make that item and how much remains of it on the final product.
Buying a product with the EU Ecolabel guarantees that no harmful chemicals are present and provides peace of mind to parents looking for healthy and environmentally friendly garment choices for their children. With rising debate and concern over the chemicals that are in the clothes we wear, isn’t a garment with an EU Ecolabel the obvious choice for those looking to do better by the environment, as well as for youselves?
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Revised criteria for 4 product groups approved at the June meeting of the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee
The revised criteria for copying & graphic paper, newsprint, tissue paper and lubricants were approved at a meeting of the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee on 29th June 2016.
Transitional period for revised EU Ecolabel criteria for Detergents extended
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