Additional initiatives towards sustainability


Beyond our industry’s own voluntary initiatives, there are also a number of other schemes of relevance to our industry that address sustainable development issues.


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Energy label on appliances:
The EU energy labeling policy, implemented with EU Directives over the last 10 years, seeks to encourage the use of appliances (washing machines, dishwashers, etc.) that provide optimal functional performance at low energy consumption. The EU Labeling Scheme rates appliances on performance and consumption data based on official EU standards and laboratory testing. Consumers have responded positively to this mandatory information scheme, which allows them to compare the energy-efficiency of various models and brands of appliances. Remember to check for this label when buying a new appliance!


 

Ecolabel:
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You may also see on some products the following labels (the EU Ecolabel, the Nordic Swan, Scandinavia, the Blue Angel, Germany). These are called “Ecolabels” and are defined by European or national authorities, who set specific environmental criteria for the development of product formulas and packaging.  Application to these schemes is voluntary.

You may also see on some products the following labels (the EU Ecolabel, the Nordic Swan, Scandinavia, the Blue Angel, Germany). These are called “Ecolabels” and are defined by European or national authorities, who set specific environmental criteria for the development of product formulas and packaging.  Application to these schemes is voluntary.

You may also find schemes at local level that seek to encourage sustainable production and consumption. Please refer to your national authorities, consumer association or national industry associations for more information.


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