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Turkish delight over ecolabel launch

The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation has introduced the country’s ecolabel certification which will be applicable to textiles manufactured in Turkey. The legislation is being introduced to encourage energy efficiency, waste minimisation and sustainable production. Its said to have been aligned with the existing EU ecolabelling legislation. Two textile companies from the country have been granted the ecolabel certification as the new system of classification has been launched at a ceremony in Ankara.

The ecolabel system will examine all stages of a company’s production processes, including selection and procurement of raw materials. The EU Ecolabel for clothing, bed linen and indoor textiles is a voluntary eco-labelling scheme from the European Commission which encouraging the use of sustainable practices in textile manufacturing. Every product and service placed on the market in the European Economic Area – the EU, including Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway – that meets EUs Ecolabel criteria for that product/service would be certified with the EU Ecolabel.

A competition was held to decide on a logo for the Turkish ecolabel project, with the final design being chosen from 85 submissions.