The European Commission has adopted new ecological criteria for computers and tablets, furniture and footwear, as reported this Wednesday in a statement, in which it has indicated that those manufacturers of these products that wish to include the Ecolabel label must comply with "strict requirements" environmental, social and security.
Ecolabel is a voluntary label of the European Union that helps to identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact in their life cycle, from the extraction of the raw material to production, use and disposal.
In particular, computer producers will have to consider the energy efficiency and upgrade possibilities of devices during the design and manufacturing process, as well as the ease of disassembling, recovering and recycling device resources.
On the other hand, furniture manufacturers will have to develop a life cycle analysis and pay "special attention" to hazardous compounds and waste that can contribute to indoor air pollution.
In the case of footwear, the European Commission has highlighted that international standards have been taken into account in relation to working conditions, which will be applied to the assembly phases. The revision of the criteria, says Brussels, is valid for six years from the date of adoption.
"Thanks to transparent and ecological criteria, consumers can make conscious choices without compromising the quality of the products," stressed the Commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, who also highlighted that the Ecolabel label recognizes manufacturers who design products "durable" so that innovation is driven and resources are saved.