EU shoe ecolabel criteria revised
The European Commission has issued new, tougher criteria for awarding the EU "flower" ecolabel to footwear, valid until April 2006. Chief novelty is a ban on virgin PVC in ecolabelled shoes. Outsoles may contain recycled PVC, but without using DEHP, DBP or BBP phthalates. Acceptable levels of volatile organic compounds in some shoe types are reduced, while there are bans on arsenic, cadmium and lead in the final product, and N-nitrosamines in rubber components. Shoeboxes must be 80% recycled. So far four manufacturers have been awarded the flower. See EU ecolabel pages and new footwear criteria.