We provide consulting services to help organizations earn environmental product labelling in accordance with ISO 14021:2016 (Environmental labels and declarations – Self-declared environmental claims. Type II environmental labelling), ISO 14025:2010 (Environmental labels and declarations – Type III environmental declarations – Principles and procedures) and ISO 14024:2001 (Environmental labels and declarations – Type I environmental labelling – Principles and procedures)
We accompany companies as they boost their competitiveness by earning renowned environmental labels.
Communication about environmental performance has a crucial part to play if you are going to capitalize properly on the improvement measures taken with products, or even if you simply want to highlight your environmental performance.
In order to cater to this need, three types of labels have become established in the market. They fall under the framework established by the ISO 14020:2002 series of standards (Environmental labels and declarations – General principles) and they are as follows:
- TYPE I: these are voluntary labelling systems that are based on a life cycle approach and require a number of criteria to be met. The labelling is specific, so the product/service in question undergoes third-party certification. An example of a scheme of this kind is the ECOLABEL EU label of environmental excellence. The framework is provided by ISO 14024:2001 (Environmental labels and declarations – Type I environmental labelling – Principles and procedures)
- TYPE II: these environmental labels present self-declared environmental claims by manufacturers, importers or distributors of products. The labels can refer to various aspects, ranging from the contents of recycled materials to the use of renewable energy. No part is played by independent certification bodies. The framework is provided by ISO 14021:2016 (Environmental labels and declarations – Self-declared environmental claims – Type II environmental labelling).
- TYPE III: these labels are issued by a Programme Operator. They are based on rules established for the specific product category in question and subject to a Life Cycle Assessment. The labels (and the products for which they have been requested) are subjected to third-party verification by an accredited certification body. “Environmental Product Declarations” are one example of labels of this kind. The framework is provided by ISO 14025:2010 (Environmental labels and declarations – Type III environmental declarations – Principles and procedures).
The opportunities presented by these labels come in the form of great market recognition and acknowledgement of the environmental excellence of products. Spinlife provides consulting services regarding the main officially recognized Italian and international initiatives, such as the EU Ecolabel, the EPD system, the European Product Environmental Footprint project, and the Italian Made Green in Italy label.
Our service is structured as follows:
- Studying and measuring: we conduct critical analyses of the target markets and help our clients to select the type of label that best suits the specific needs that have been voiced.
- Innovating and implementing: with the support of external partners (for laboratory tests), we carry out all of the tests necessary, which may involve performing complete Life Cycle Assessments.
- Improving and certifying: we provide support during the critical review and the process of managing relations with the certification body (if applicable). Spinlife will assist you until you have received certification or a third-party critical review.
- Communicating: we provide technical support for communication initiatives to report the results of projects, drawing up dedicated summary documents to cater to the specific needs of clients.