Eco-mark is a marking scheme started by the bureau of Indian standards in 1991 for the products which are ecologically safe or having a least impact on the eco-system. These eco-friendly products are denoted with an eco-mark ensuring that these products are compliant with the standards prescribed by Bureau of Indian standards (BIS). It is basically done to identify the environmental friendly products and to reduce the environmental & health hazards which are increasing day by day due to industrialization. This mark is awarded to those consumer goods which meet both the prescribed environmental criteria and quality standards set by BIS.


Objectives of Eco-mark Scheme

The objectives of Eco-mark scheme are as follows –

  • To encourage all citizens to buy & use eco-friendly products
  • To provide incentive for manufacturer & importers to reduce the ill effects of their products on environment
  • To promote & reward genuine initiative taken by companies to reduce the adverse environmental impact of products
  • To assist customers about the environmental factor so that they can become more aware and responsible about environmental factor and implement the same at the time of purchasing the product
  • To improve the quality of the environment
  • To encourage the sustainable management of resources

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Criteria for Awarding Eco-mark Certification

Eco-mark is awarded after passing particular criteria i.e. checking the products from raw material extraction to manufacturing to disposal at the end. There are certain environmental levels and aspects on which the product is examined and evaluated.

The same are given below –

  1. Products which spread less pollution in comparison to other products in production, usage and disposal stage.
  2. Products which can be recycled, recyclable made from recycled products or bio-degradable in comparison to other products.
  3. It should make important contribution in saving non-renewable and natural resources.
  4. Products must contribute to a reduction of the adverse primary criteria which has the highest environmental impact associated with the use of the product.

Product General Requirements

The product general requirements are as follows –

It should be compliant with the pollution control acts.

It should increase the environmental awareness among consumers along with safety, quality and performance of the product.


Product Specific Requirements

Following issues have been taken into account while determining the product specific requirements –

Product process including source of raw material

Positive impact on the environment

Suitable for recycling or packaging

Product disposal and its container

Energy conversation in the production of the product.

Use of natural resources

Utilization of waste and recycled materials.

Effect & extent of waste arising from the production process.

List of Eco-mark Products

The government of India has listed 16 product categories which are covered under this Eco-mark scheme for which Eco-mark certification is provided.

The 16 product categories are as follows –

Papers

Food items

Soaps & detergents

Packaging materials

Lubricating oils

Architectural paints & powder coatings

Batteries

Electrical/electronic goods

Wood substitutes

Food additives

Cosmetics

Plastic products

Textiles

Aerosol propellants

Leather

Fire extinguisher

Procedure to Obtain Eco Mark Certification

The procedure to obtain Eco mark Certification is as follows -

  • In the first step, take an application form from Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) headquarters or from any regional and branch offices situated all over country. You can take form from any BIS office.
  • In the second step, fill the application form with the prescribed fee of Rs.500 in the form of demand draft drawn in favour of Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) which is payable at the place where you are submitting the application. Application form & fees needs to be sent to the particular branch of BIS for receipt, acknowledgement and further action.
  • One application form can be used or valid for one product and one Indian standard specification only. A separate application is submitted to BIS along with the fees in case of each product and each Indian standard. Under the Eco-mark scheme, every application will be send with the copy of each of the following documents –
    • Environmental clearance certificate from the pollution control board of the concerned state.
    • Small scale industries registration certificate (In case applicant is a small scale unit who wants to avail the concessional rate of marking fee)
  • After checking & verifying the details mentioned in the application form, BIS arranges a preliminary inspection of the applicant unit at a date when both the parties are agreed. Preliminary inspection includes assessment of manufacturing & quality control facility, testing personnel availability in order to ensure satisfactory operation of BIS certification mark scheme.
  • The inspection officers from the bureau of Indian standards visit the applicant unit on a mutually agreed date and take a sample of the product for factory testing as well as independent testing to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of Eco-mark.
  • In the next step, a copy of the scheme of testing and inspection is given to the applicant which unit has to follow in the production process of the product. The applicant needs to give formal consent in writing regarding STI acceptance along with the marking fee payable for the product. The inspection charges and charges related to testing of samples in Indian laboratory will be borne by the applicant.
  • In the seventh step, Bureau of Indian standards verifies the preliminary inspection report (PI), independent sample test reports drawn during preliminary inspection & STI acceptance along with the marking fee schedule. If all the documents are found in order and satisfactory, the license is granted by the bureau of Indian standards (BIS) and permits the unit to use Eco-mark for a specified period. The Eco-mark certification is granted for a period of one year initially which can be renewed for a period of two years based on the performance of the unit in preceding years.

Fees for Eco-mark Certification

The following fees needs to be paid to the bureau of Indian standards (BIS) in order to get Eco-mark certification –

  1. Non-refundable application fee of Rs.500 per application form
  2. Testing charges of independent laboratories drawn during the inspection
  3. Annual license fee of Rs.500 per license
  4. Renewal license fee of Rs.300 per application
  5. Marking fees

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