News: Greener Hospital Textiles
The Guide for Greener Procurement of Hospital Textiles has now been completed and is available in English, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.
Thursday, 15th June 2017
The Guide for Greener Procurement of Hospital Textiles is aimed at procurers in the Nordic healthcare sector who are responsible for purchasing textile products and services, but it is to be hoped that it could be used more widely in future procurement processes. The Guide assists procurers in developing processes for establishing suitable and practicable environmental criteria in tender documents.
Procurers can learn which aspects in the production and care of textiles have most environmental significance and how these can be addressed through criteria. They can learn more about about the role of ecolabels in procurement and can find links to ready-to-use criteria, and other useful information from national procurement agencies. (Note: Find out more about the EU Ecolabel from UK Ecolabel Delivery.)
The Guide has been developed in cooperation with a Nordic Network of Procurers in the Health Sector as part of an initiative under the Nordic Action Plan for Sustainable Fashion and Textiles Well-dressed in a Clean Environment. It is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The external link to the English version is given below.
EU Ecolabel criteria for Textiles amended
The European Commission has recently published a decision in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU) amending the EU Ecolabel criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to textile products.
Revised criteria for 6 product groups published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 12th July 2017
The revised criteria for Hand Dishwashing Detergents, Hard Surface Cleaners, Industrial & Institutional Dishwasher Detergents, Industrial & Institutional Laundry Detergents, Laundry Detergents and Automatic Dishwasher Detergents have been published.
Criteria for Converted Paper Products extended to 31st December 2020
The current EU Ecolabel criteria for Converted Paper Products expired on 2nd May 2017. The Commission has published a Decision in OJEU extending the validity of these criteria to 31st December 2020.