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EU To Modify Footwear Eco - Label

Eco-friendly labels are issued to products that reduce the impact on the environment during their lifecycles, including the production of water, air and soil in the manufacturing process, reducing natural resource consumption and limiting the presence of harmful substances.


The revised standard for footwear, valid for a period of six years, is intended to better reflect "the status of the regional market for this product group, taking into account the innovations that have taken place," the European Commission (EC) said.

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They take into account the sources of leather, cotton, wood and cork, and man-made cellulose fibers; reduce water consumption and limit tanning of hides and skins; discharge of waste water from leather, textiles and rubbers produced; volatile organic Compounds (VOC); Hazardous Substances in Products and Footwear; Restricted Substances List (RSL); Durability and Packaging.

(ILO), the UN Global Compact (Chapter 2), the United Nations (UN) Business and Human Rights Commission, the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Guidelines, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD).

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"Applicants must obtain on-site review by a third-party verification unit, which must also comply with applicable principles including the ILO fundamental Conventions and supplementary provisions at the final footwear assembly plant." The European Commission (EC)


Footwear manufacturers that have received eco-friendly labels from the EU will have a 12-month transition period to adjust their products to meet the revised standards.