Ecolabels & Standards – What Do They All Mean?

We go out of our way to source products that are as kind to the environment as they are to you.

We only work with suppliers who are committed to actively working to implement ethical and sustainable practices in supply, development, and manufacturing. We also value suppliers who have worked to reduce waste through making the ultimate disposal of their products and packaging as environmentally friendly as possible.

The majority of our products feature at least one environmental label (“ecolabel”) or standard. These act as trust signals, as confirmation that the product has been produced in such a way that will not cost the Earth.

Here’s what to look out for, and what each label means:

EU Flower – Otherwise known as the EU Ecolabel, this is a voluntary label that aims to promote environmental excellence in products and services. It’s based on criteria developed and agreed upon by scientists, NGOs, and stakeholders, and it takes into consideration the entire lifecycle of products and services – from the raw materials to manufacturing, packaging, distribution, and disposal. As every product is rigorously checked by an independent panel of experts, this is truly a label you can trust.

EU Flower Eco Label Meaning

Conform to the UN Global Compact – Launched in 2004, the UN Global Compact features 10 principles. Products featuring the UN Global Compact label are manufactured by companies who have adopted sustainable and socially responsible policies in four key areas – human rights, labour standards, environment, and anti-corruption.

UN Global Compact Label Meaning

The Blue Angel – The Blue Angel label has been applied to around 12,000 environmentally friendly products and services from around 1,500 companies across the world. Organised by the federal government of Germany for the protection of people and the environment, The Blue Angel sets exacting ethical and environmental standards for everything, from cardboard to computers.

Blue Angel Ecolabel meaning

Nordic Swan Eco Label – This independent accreditation assesses a product’s environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle, from manufacturing to disposal. Products stamped with the Nordic Swan Eco Label have been tested for five factors: energy and resource consumption; factory emissions into land, air, and water; limits on the creation of waste products; the content of environmentally hazardous substances in the product; and anything else that may be hazardous to humans.

At Cairn Lifestyle, we stock Bambo Nappies and Pull-Ups – the only brand of nappies to have attained the Nordic Swan Eco Label accreditation.

nordic swan ecolabel meaning

Danish Asthma and Allergy Association Approval – This label confirms that the product has been assessed by an independent, experienced chemical scientist, who has separately evaluated all of the ingredients and the ways in which they react together. Products marked with this label contain no perfumes, dyes, formaldehyde, or formaldehyde donors – meaning that the manufacturers have done all they can to minimise the risks of developing or triggering allergies.

danish asthma and allergy label meaning

At Cairn Lifestyle, we stock an extensive selection of green personal care products, ranging from our re-usable and washable adult incontinence products, to our 80% biodegradable babies’ nappies.

For more information, call us on 0114 280 8835, or email