Ecolabel South Africa is a start-up independent voluntary labelling scheme that aims to certify businesses, services and non-perishable products against criteria – developed via a series of open consultative processes – that reflect social and environmental best practice in South Africa. Put another way, we will develop various sets of requirements (criteria) through a process that includes industry and consumer input. We will then assess companies, products (excluding food) and services to see if they meet these criteria. If they do, they will be allowed to display the Ecolabel South Africa brand for one or more of the following categories on their products and/or in their marketing material:
If however they do not meet the criteria, they will be put in touch with organisations that can help them strengthen the areas in which they need improvement.
Therefore, when choosing business, product or service certified by Ecolabel South Africa, you will know that they have been independently assessed as having superior attributes in the specified areas compared to 'regular' businesses and are proactively contributing to the development of a sustainable economy in South Africa.
Ecolabel South Africa, represented by Colleen Hendriksz, has joined the Technical Committee of the Proudly South African agricultural project entitled 'Awareness Creation and Capacity Building on Ecolabelling in the Agricultural Sector'.
12 May 2017
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. 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