Standards, Certifications & Labels
ECOLOGO was founded as a third party environmental certification program by the government of Canada in 1988 and was acquired by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in 2010. It is recognized worldwide with standards developed for approximately 60 product categories.
Manufacturing, consumer use, end of life
ECOLOGO certifications are voluntary, multi-attribute, life cycle based environmental certifications that indicate a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing, exhaustive auditing, or both, to prove its compliance with stringent, third-party, environmental performance standards.
ECOLOGO uses a life cycle approach, evaluating impacts of a product from manufacturing through consumer use and end of life. Standards for different products are available on the UL web site.
Each standard has different requirements. Common data requirements include:
Each product standard is available on the UL web site for a fee. UL conducts third party auditing for an additional fee.
Certification does not have an end date if there are no changes to the product, and the client takes the necessary steps to keep their product compliant with updates, However when clients want to change their product they must notify TerraChoice so that it can be re-audited. There may also be random site audits in order to ensure that clients are complying with the standard. Certification lasts until the client is not compliant with the updated standard, or they withdraw from the program.
Strengths: The label has worldwide recognition.
EcoLogo has partnerships with Ecoform, EPEAT, GoodGuide, and ISSA