The Chilean Ministry of the Environment has begun the process of establishing eco-labeling regulations, which will make it mandatory to label containers and packaging with recycled information.

The eco-label is an initiative included in the “Roadmap for a Circular Chile by 2040” and its first step was the development of a Clean Production Agreement, which acted as a pilot and today more than 2,000 have voluntary certified products that the I choose to recycle seal.

Regarding the next steps for the launch to become public policy and give continuity to the Elijo Reciclar seal, Environment Minister Javier Naranjo stated in a statement that “the development of the regulation has several cases of citizen participation consider for the preparation of this regulation, which will lead to a supreme decree that will allow eco-labeling to be regulated and mandatory. “

With the publication in the Official Gazette, the process of developing the Supreme Decision has formally begun, which will have a period of 45 days and the deadline is March 25 to provide background to the regulations. It is expected that in the middle of this year the preliminary draft of the decree will be published and a public consultation process will begin.

One year after the implementation of the voluntary eco-label I choose to recycle, a study commissioned by Sofofa indicates that there is a beneficial impact on the consumer’s decision to purchase products that contain the seal.

Richard Von Appen, President of Sofofa, pointed out in a statement that they had worked in collaboration with civil society, the public sector and companies for the launch of the Elijo Reciclar Seal. “It was a work that had the participation of more than 100 organizations and we carried it out through a Clean Production Agreement, which, with this regulation, will get continuity,” he said.

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During the first half of 2019, SOFOFA, together with 16 trade union members and 16 national experts, with the support of the Ministry of the Environment and the Agency for Sustainability and Climate Change, took up the challenge of building a voluntary base together. , a Recyclable Eco-label for containers and packaging by a Clean Production Agreement (APL).

The concept of eco-labeling is applied to different types of schemes that seek to provide environmental information.

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