Ecolabel South Africa will help consumers identify non-perishable products that:
Stringent social and environmental criteria based on South African and international best practice will be set for a wide range of product groups via a series of open, consultative processes. Companies will then be able to apply to certify their products against these criteria. If successful, companies will be licensed to display our Blue Star logo on the relevant product and marketing material.
Therefore, when choosing a Blue Star-certified product, you will know that the product and its manufacturer have been independently assessed as having superior attributes in the specified areas – and that the product has been tested to make sure it does what you expect it to do.
Ecolabel South Africa is a registered non-profit organisation. Our pilot ecolabel project for all-purpose cleaning products will commence in 2016.
The Department of Trade and Industry has confirmed that the work of Ecolabel South Africa is in line with the goal of greening South African industry. The 2011 National Strategy of Sustainable Development includes ecolabelling in its Action Plan for Sustainable Development and Consumption since ecolabels are seen as a means to improve and change environmental behaviour without overt government action.
17 December 2015
One of South Africa’s foremost retailers, Pick n Pay, has shown support for Ecolabel South Africa by choosing to participate in our pilot project for all-purpose cleaners. The retailer has proposed its brand name all-purpose cleaning product for the purposes of verification and certification in the Ecolabel South Africa pilot project.
17 June 2015
Ecolabel South Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding with the African Ecolabelling Mechanism (AEM) to jointly develop ecolabel criteria for cleaning and packaging products based on the criteria developed by Ecolabel South Africa. The AEM was established with the primary objective of promoting a culture of sustainable production and consumption in Africa by providing an umbrella ecolabelling mechanism and brand to facilitate improvements in the sustainable management of resources, the environmental profile of African products and the expansion of their market access. The implementation of this MOU will facilitate the harmonisation of ecolabel criteria across the Pan-African region.
27 March 2015
Ecolabel South Africa has been welcomed as an official partner of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes Consumer Information Programme (10YFP CIP). The 10YFP CIP, launched by the United Nations Environmental Programme in 2014, serves as a global platform to support the provision of quality information on goods and services, and the identification and implementation of the most effective strategies to engage consumers in sustainable consumption. It empowers and raises the profile of relevant policies, strategies, projects as well as initiatives and partnerships, building synergies and cooperation between different stakeholders to leverage resources towards mutual goals.
1 March 2015