ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program

ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program logo

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) EcoLabel Standard Program provides a determination of the environmental performance of a manufacturer’s transaction and identification cards through a third-party ecolabeling certification program.

The current ICMA EcoLabel criteria include:

  • Reduced materials (minimum of 25%),
  • Recycled content (minimum 25% threshold),
  • Compostable (municipal and home)

There are two levels of assurance: 1. Declared/Registered where the manufacturer registers and declares the card meets ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program criteria without third-party assessor verification; and 2. Verified/Certified, where the manufacturer registers and provides verification the card meets ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program criteria by a recognized third-party assessor.

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) is an industry association of 200+ card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and other industry participants which promotes the card industry and the value of its products and services.

Learn more: ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program's standard is verified by it varies depending on the standard following ISO 17025 Testing and Calibration Laboratories, For biodegradability lab providing certification test to following: ASTM D 5338; ISO 14855-1; ISO 14855-2; ISO 16929 and ISO 20200

Certification / registration required

Applicants are certified against the ecolabels’s criteria before using the label

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?


ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program

Member of



Industry association

Also manages


Ecolabel Index pro | Subscription service

Additional data available to subscribers:

Ecolabel details | What are the characteristics of the standard(s) related to this ecolabel?

  • Applicable life cycle and supply chain phases
  • Social and environmental attributes
  • Mutual recognition with other ecolabels
  • Standard details, including standard document, review frequency

Ecolabel development | How were the standards for this ecolabel developed?

  • Standard development and management process
  • Standard-setting norms followed for development of the ecolabel's standard
  • Type of standard-setting process, external stakeholders, and funding sources

Conformity Assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

  • Requirements to achieve certification (i.e. chain of custody, site visits, metrics)
  • Audit / surveillance requirements
  • Duration of certification, time to achieve certification

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

  • Contact details, primary contact
  • Organizational details including year established, funding, and governance

Additional information | Including:

  • Compliance type (pass / fail / tiered)
  • Target audience (consumers / retailers / manufacturers / etc)

See plans and pricing

No contract — upgrade, downgrade, or cancel at any time.

FREE access for ecolabelling organisations.



Get your .eco domain

Key data

Year ecolabel est. 2010

Classification | Who, what, where

Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Financial services Other

Other categories: Credit cards, cards

Where this ecolabel is found
Australia Canada Colombia Germany Hungary Korea, Republic of Philippines Poland South Africa Turkey United States

Keep up to date | News, press

Recent tweets

Mailing list

Subscribe to our mailing list for occasional updates.

As mentioned in...
New York Times, Guardian, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal have mentioned us

Help build this site | Submit, suggest


Last updated: 19 March 2020