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Travis Johnston


The European Union ecolabel has been a mark recognized worldwide for over 30 years due to its ability to certify a product's low ecological impact. Looking back at its origin, the EU ecolabel was first established in 1992, which came a mere 14 years after the very first Blue Angel ecolabel released by the German government.

In late 2021, the EU implemented a significant change for the ecolabel criteria in cosmetics and animal care products. The largest changes come around the ecotoxicity and biodegradability requirements for the aforementioned product categories. Below, we will go into additional detail defining what these product groups are and the specific criterion to be awarded the EU ecolabel.

Throughout this blog, we will focus mainly on the specific criteria related to biodegradability rather than ecotoxicity.