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EU countries issue paper towel eco-label regulations

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Core tips:Tissue paper machine The EU "Official Gazette" published guidelines for the revision of environmental labels applicable to paper towels on July 29, 2009. The European Union's amendment to the environmental labelling guidelines applied to paper towels is to
The EU "Official Gazette" published guidelines for the revision of environmental labels applicable to paper towels on July 29, 2009. The European Union's amendment to the environmental labelling guidelines applied to paper towels is to adapt the technology and market development, modify the definition of this product category and establish new environmental guidelines.
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The product category “Paper towel” includes boxed or roll-up tissues suitable for maintaining personal hygiene, absorbing liquids and cleaning dirty surfaces. Paper towels consist of one or several layers of creped or embossed fiber paper. The fiber content of the product must be at least 90%. This product category does not include:
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Wet wipes and hygiene products;
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Paper towels made by laminating non-fiber paper materials;
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Products referred to in the Cosmetics Directive (Directive 76/768/eec).
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Environmental labels are suitable for kitchen towels, paper towels, paper napkins and toilet paper. To obtain an environmental label, a number of requirements must be met, including:
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The materials used should ensure that damage to the environment and ecology is reduced, and sustainable forest management should be used in the use of natural resources. The fibers may be wood fibers, recycled fibers or non-wood fibers. New wood fiber should come from sustainably managed forests. A statement, seal or certification from the operator or pulp mill should be displayed to show that sustainable forest management is used.
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When using chemicals in the production process, avoid the use of environmentally harmful and healthy substances such as:
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Chlorine should not be used as a bleaching agent;
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Should not use alkyl phenol polyoxyethylene ether (apeo);
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Azo compounds should not be used;
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Make sure that no dyes or brighteners can seep out.
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The production process and the use of chemicals must be able to reduce water and air pollution, energy consumption, and reduce the impact of solid waste.
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Consumers should be provided with information on the benefits of ecolabels and the minimum share of recycled fibre in the product.
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Resolution 2009/568/ec applies to paper towel product environmental label applications submitted after July 9, 2009, and it has been effective until July 9, 2013. The resolution is allowed to be implemented concurrently with the existing resolution 2001/405/EC during the transitional period until the expiration of the 2001/405/EC resolution of 4 January 2010. During the transitional period, applicants may choose to submit an application in accordance with the guidelines of either Resolution 2001/405/EC or Resolution 2009/568/EC.
 
 

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