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Nordic Swan, also known as the ‘Nordic Ecolabel’, is a voluntary ecolabeling system that evaluates a product's impact on the environment throughout the whole lifecycle, looking at energy and water usage, the kinds of chemicals used, recycling and reuse of waste products.
Nordic Swan was introduced in 1989 by the Nordic Council of Ministers. It is managed by the Nordic Ecolabelling Board, a non-profit organisation. The Nordic Ecolabelling Board is also a member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN), which is an association of ecolabelling organisations worldwide.
Each Nordic country has a local office that is responsible for criteria development, site visits, licensing and marketing. Despite working independently, they meet twice a year and have common communications.
The Nordic Swan label is administered by:
Nordic Swan is a consumer-oriented label, currently covering 63 different product and service groups, ranging from cleaning products to restaurants. Nordic Swan develops specific criteria for each product group using a life cycle analysis method (LCA). This happens alongside inputs from stakeholders and experts. The criteria are reviewed every 3-4 years.
The Nordic Swan applies to Scandinavian countries, which includes Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The EU Flower label is the equivalent standard that applies to other EU countries.
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