Plastic packaging are used in large amounts. This requirement aims to increase the recyclability if the packaging by limiting the choices of plastics to be used and later recycled.
- Technical specification
- Chemical products
Primary packaging, closures and labels shall fulfill the following:
- The primary packaging1 and closure2 shall be made from one of the following plastics:
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
- The label shall not be made from PS (polystyrene) or halogenated plastics.
- Black primary packaging1 shall not be coloured with Carbon black.
Thermoplastics and rubber parts in closures.
Liners are exempted if they are easily separated from the packaging or closure.
Plastic parts in spray or pump nozzles or dosing systems.
1Primary packaging (less than 200 litres) includes bottle, container or similar.
2Closure includes caps/lids and mounted dosage equipment/pumps.
The supplier shall, upon request, be able to present any of for example the following:
- Valid license for any of for example the following labels:
Good Environmental Choice for chemical products, version 2018:1 (only valid for packaging that is not black)
Nordic Ecolabelling for:
Hand dishwashing detergents, version 6
Cleaning products, version 6
Care products for vehicles, version 6
Laundry detergents and stain removers, version 8
- Packaging specifications (inkluding bottle, container, label and closure) showing the materials in the packaging and closure. For black packaging, information is also required on which pigments have been used for colouring.
- The supplier’s self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task in accordance with ISO/IEC 17029 or equivalent standard.
If the requirement is verified with an ecolabel, check that there is a valid license for the product in question. This can be controlled here: Nordic Ecolabelling (Nordic Swan), Good Environmental choice.
Check the packaging specification to ensure that it is in accordance with the requirement. If black packaging or closures are included, check in the specification that they are not coloured with carbon black.
Self-declaration verified by an accredtied verification body
If a verified self-declaration is used to prove that the requirement is fulfilled, request the supplier’s self-declaration, including documentation showing that the requirement is met. The self-declaration shall be verified by a verification body accredited for the task in accordance with ISO / IEC 17029 or equivalent standard.
Information about the criterion
This requirement does not cover products sold in pouches. Requirement for pouches is only available as spearhead requirement, requirement ID 11332.
The requirement cannot be used in combination with the advanced requirement for plastic packaging, requirement ID: 11287.
There are currently a limited number of accredited verification bodies for ISO/IEC 17029 (Conformity assessment - General principles and requirements for validation and verification bodies) as it is a relatively new standard. This may change, especially if the demand for verifying compliance in this way increases. More information about the standard and accredited verification bodies can be found on Swedac's website.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
- Current ID
- Version date
2022-07-07, Requirement ID 11284: 2: Update of requirements text and exceptions. 2021-10-29, Krav ID 11284:1: The extent of the primary packaging has been changed tand does not include trigger/spray nozzle. An exemption has been added for thermoplastics in closures.