I'm writing an academic paper in the field of material science and was trying to find working guidelines to define product sustainability.

In particular, I was trying to see if, within the EU, there are laws defining the specific standards a product must meet to be considered 'sustainable' (I've read the European Commission has presented policies to regulate sustainable consumption and production), but I don't know how to navigate EU law nor which organ is responsible for enforcing these regulations, so I haven't been able to find a list of criteria for product sustainability.

Does anyone know what these criteria are or how I can find them?

  • is the word regulated? I know Öko (ecological) is regulated in Germany, but not the equivalent to sustainable.
    – Trish
    Nov 26, 2021 at 12:20

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I strongly suspect there are no such definitions. It's generally hard to prove a negative, but the Dutch ACM market watchdog released a report where it specifically addressed this question in the context of missing EU regulations.

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