Revised requirements for furniture in the Nordic Swan Ecolabel
The requirements for furniture as set by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel have been revised and will be implemented during 2021 and 2022. The new requirements generally have a larger focus on circular economy, the climate and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
What does this mean to KVIST?
The current requirements are officially expired on June 30 2022. Before this date, KVIST will have to make sure all documentation for the currently approved materials and products is updated and approved again according to the new requirements. Many of the current requirements are still a part of the new requirements but new specific criteria have been added, which we will make sure are also fulfilled with help from our suppliers.
The new requirements will expire December 31 in 2025.
What does it mean to KVIST’s customers?
If you are currently considering applying for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel on furniture products or know that you will apply within a very short timeframe, the current requirements are still in effect until they expire on June 30 2022. However, it is generally recommended to put the application on hold until the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal is introduced on March 15, 2021 as the portal will be the central platform for providing documentation to Ecolabelling Denmark according to the new requirements. In June 2021, Ecolabelling Denmark will start to process the documentation that has been uploaded to the portal.
As a part of the new requirements, paper cord has been added as a material category. This opens the possibility of certifying products made with webbed paper cord, which has previously not been an option. Furthermore, the requirements for surface treatment have been modified expected to be giving possibilities of certifying more treatments.
It is not expected that there will be limitations as to what materials are possible to certify due to the new requirements. However, we will achieve much more experience with the new requirements when the collection of documentation starts.