The existing labels

There is a large number of labels available in the market, in the food range as well as in the non-food range. The latter ones are often less known.

How to find one's way in them?

In the food sector, and more specifically in the organic sector, the EU Community logo () is compulsory for all prepacked foodstuffs. Certain labels can have a standard which is stretching to other ranges of the food sector which are actually not regulated on EU level, such as the hotel-restaurant-café trade.

However, the meanwhile well-known EU organic label covers the food sector only.

In the non-food range an EU ecolabel () exists. This label represents a first stage of a production which is more respectful to the environment indeed. However, there is no legal framework for the non-food sector, contrarily to the EU label for organic produce which represents the legal base on which all other organic food labels in Europe are based.

Therefore private, more strict non-food product labels have developed standards () based on the EU organic regulation that provide a certification for products with less impact on the environment of daily use and with and essential character, such as detergents, cosmetics, ... 

To learn to know the labels that surround us in a better way we invite you:

Remark: The label is not the brand of your product. As an average you can find the label on the back side of the packaging, or on the front, but in a spot that is clearly different from the brand.

  • The brand is a distinguishing element that can group different product ranges;
  • The label stresses that the product (but not necessarily all products of the brand) complies with the technical criteria of the standard linked to the label, and is effectively monitored (when the standard requests this).