The Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

Turkish denim specialist Isko has become the first denim mill in the world to be awarded the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the official environmental label of the Nordic countries.

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel evaluates all relevant environmental issues in the whole life cycle of the product, from cotton field to the finished fabric. It was established in 1989 by the Nordic council of ministers with the purpose of providing an environmental labeling scheme that would contribute to a sustainable consumption and production.

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel has stringent environmental requirements to meet, Isko noted, adding that “this is a very prestigious award in terms of being an eco-friendly organization and a major accomplishment for the denim industry.”

Six articles from Isko’s sustainability platform, Isko Earth Fit, are certified with Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the collection samples will be clearly marked with the Swan logo on the hang tags. Isko Earth Fit is an eco-sustainable denim collection, producing 40 percent savings in water usage, 30 percent in energy and a 30 percent reduction in the amount of chemical products used in production.

Isko has 1,500 high-tech automated looms, a production capacity of 250 million meters of fabric a year and portfolio includes more than 25,000 products.

According to the Oslo, Norway-based group, the Swan logo demonstrates that a product is a good environmental choice. The green symbol is available for around 60 product groups for which it is felt that eco-labeling is needed and will be beneficial. The Swan checks that products fulfill certain criteria using methods such as samples from independent laboratories, certificates and control visits. The label is usually valid for three years, after which the criteria are revised and the company must reapply for a license. This helps ensure that products better suited to the environment are constantly being developed.

Isko is part of Sanko Tekstil, the textiles division of Sanko Group, one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates.