The environmental label or Eco-Label system was introduced by the European Union in 1992, but prior to this system, a set of guidance standards on environmental labels were prepared and published by the International Standards Organization in the same years, contrary to certification standards. These standards are:
- TS EN ISO 14020 Environmental labels and declarations - General principles
- TS EN ISO 14024 Environmental labels and declarations - Type 1: Environmental labeling - Principles and methods
- TS EN ISO 14021 Environmental labels and declarations - Type 2: Environmental labels - Self-declaration of environmental claims
- TS EN ISO 14025 Environmental labels and declarations - Type 3: Environmental declarations - Principles and procedures
our Country Ekomark © Standard is based on the Eco-Label system implemented in the European Union. Companies that meet these standard requirements are permitted to use Ekomark © Tagaims to create a market advantage for environmentally preferred products.
The objective of Ekomark © Standard is to create an environment where consumers can choose products that are good in terms of environmental conditions. The purpose of all environmental labels is to ensure that products without this label are removed from the market and to force manufacturers to renew their production processes with techniques and methods that will not harm the environment. These companies will only be able to re-enter the market after making environmentally friendly improvements. All environmental labels, including the Ekomark © Label, indicate that products bearing this label are priority products in terms of natural conditions. Consumers are also encouraged to buy products based on the environmental characteristics of the products.
Our organization Ekomark ©, implemented in the European Union as mentioned above Environmental Label (Eco-Label) system and the main feature of this system, food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and medical products produced in areas other than products and services are covered. Since the first implementation, the scope of the application has been expanded and new groups are continuously added to the system.
However, consumers not only in European Union countries but also in the world want to learn about the sources and sustainability of the food products they use. Demands in this direction are increasing and the use of environmental labels in food products is on the agenda. Today there is no product category in the European Union Environmental Label (eco-label) system for food and feed products. However, studies on the inclusion of food and feed in the practice are continuing.
The above-mentioned ISO 14000 series of standards prepared by the International Standards Organization is designed to perform standardization, also called green labeling. The aim is for consumers to see which product is environmentally friendly. These standards, while improving the environmental awareness of consumers on the one hand, while at the same time compelling manufacturers to take an environmentalist attitude.
The purpose of green labeling is to promote the production and use of products that are less harmful to the environment. With green labeling, consumers are more sensitive to health and environment and prefer non-harmful products.
ISO has identified three different environmental labels with respect to the above mentioned standards.