Four Thai textile manufacturers have become what are thought to be the first in Asia to qualify to use the European Union's (EU) 'Flower Logo' environmental certification on their products.

The Flower Logo certifies that the products bearing its stamp have a reduced environmental impact during their life-cycle and do not release chlorine-based substances, metals or dangerous dyes into the environment.

The four Thai silk and cotton fabric manufacturers to get the go-ahead to use the eco-label on their products are Greenville Trading Company Limited, Rama Textile Industry, Thong Thai Textile Co Ltd and Asia Fiber Public Co Ltd.

The EU is Thailand's second largest textile market, importing Thai textiles worth some THB40bn (US$1.35bn) annually.