Brussels — The EU has introduced new environmental performance criteria for polyurethane foam which furniture manufacturers must meet to use the EU Ecolabel.
"The EU Ecolabel promotes Europe's transition to a circular economy, supporting both sustainable production and consumption. Thanks to transparent ecological criteria, consumers can make conscious choices, without compromising on the quality of the products. Similarly, the Ecolabel rewards those manufacturers who choose to design products that are durable and repairable, promoting innovation and saving resources", said Commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella.
Although much of the regulation for furniture, enshrined in Commission Decision (EU) 2016, 1338, involves covering materials such as leather, criterion 7.2 covers polyurethane foam for padding in some depth. Mattresses are exempt from this regulation which is valid for six years and will apply across the European Economic Area as well as the EU.