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EU amends Ecolabel criteria for textiles products

The EU Ecolabel for textiles has been fine tuned to include accessories and intermediate products used in textiles. The amendment also clarifies the exceptions applying when recycled fibers or organic cotton fibers are used and revises the calculation required with regards to percentage of these fibers used in EU-Ecolabelled textiles.

Other criteria for chemical management, such as water repellent finishes, are mentioned alongside new rules for wool and pesticide residues on cotton. Any fiber may be used without having to meet the textile fiber criteria if it contributes to less than five per cent of the total weight of the product or if it constitutes a padding or lining.

For calculating the percentage of cotton in a product that shall be required to comply with certain criterion, the recycled cotton fiber content shall be deducted from the required minimum percentages except in the case of clothing for babies under three years old. There are also changes to criteria on the substitution of hazardous substances used in dyeing, printing and finishing where it states that for water repellent chemistry the repellent and its degradation products shall be either readily and/or inherently biodegradable, or non-bioaccumulative in the aquatic environment, including aquatic sediment.