NGO outcry at proposed ecolabel criteria for paper

Consumer and green groups have strongly criticised revised criteria proposed by the European Commission for awarding the EU's "Flower" ecolabel to copying and graphic paper. The criteria are "so weak they are meaningless at best", the groups said on Thursday.

There is no recycling requirement for paper except for newsprint paper and no mechanism to exclude illegally sourced virgin fibre, the groups told a stakeholder meeting in Brussels. And criteria for fibre from sustainably managed forests are too weak.

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