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Ecolabel with history

The ecolabel was established in 1978 on the initiative of the Federal Minister of the Interior and a resolution taken by the environmental ministers of the German federal states. Since then, the Blue Angel has been a market-based, voluntary tool of environmental policy. The scientific, holistic approach and the label`s independence thanks to the broad participation of professional and trade groups and the Environmental Label Jury lay the foundations for the trust that is placed in the ecolabel by consumers.

1972

REPORT: CLUB OF ROME­

"The Limits to Growth" and Establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP

1974
Gründung Umweltbundesamt

FOUNDATION OF THE GERMAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

1975
Historie Dose 1975

TEST RUN

As part of a poster campaign promoting environmental protection, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior uses a logo which resembles what would later become the environmental label

1977

DECISION TO INTRODUCE AN ENVIRONMENTAL LABEL,

which the press later calls the “Blue Angel”.

1978

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABEL JURY

5th June: Six award criteria are agreed upon.

1979
Historie 1979

THE FIRST PRODUCTS ARE AWARDED

Interior Minister Gerhart Baum awards Blue Angel for the first time

1979

STUCK ON BY HAND

The first president of the German Environment Agency, Heinrich Freiherr von Lersner (l.), bestowed a bottle bank with the environmental label.

1981

AWARD CRITERIA FOR WATERBASED VARNISHES LOW IN HARMFUL SUBSTANCE

in doing so, the health aspect is increasingly taken into account.

1983
Historie 1983

THE FIRST BLUE ANGEL FOR SERVICES

Car washes.

1986
Walter Wallmann
Bundesarchiv

THE GERMAN FEDERAL MINISTRY for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety is founded.

Walter Wallman becomes the first Federal Minister for the Environment.

1988
1988

THE AWARENESS LEVEL

of the Blue Angel in Germany reaches 80 percent. New inscription: “Umweltzeichen weil …“ [Environmental label because ...]

1989/1990

GERMAN REUNIFICATION

As early as at the beginning of 1990, an international conference on the subject of environmental labelling takes place in Berlin.

1994
Global Ecolabelling Network

THE GLOBAL ECOLABELLING NETWORK (GEN) IS FOUNDED

The association of national eco-labelling organisations - so-called TYPE I eco-labels according to ISO standard 14024 - from all over the world strengthens cooperation.

2003
Jubiläum Blauer Engel 25 Jahre

ANNIVERSARY - 25 YEARS OF BLUE ANGEL

2009
historie logo 2009

THE BLUE ANGEL INCREASINGLY BECOMES SYNONYMOUS WITH CLIMATE PROTECTION

2011

INTEGRATION OF SOCIAL ASPECTS

In the award criteria for textiles, requirements are set for the first time for working conditions during production.

 

2012
Blauer Engel Preis 2015

BLUE ANGEL PRICE

The prize within the scope of the German Sustainability Award went to companies from 2012 to 2015 that have made an outstanding contribution to the eco-label and thus make a significant contribution to environmental protection.

2013
35 Jahre Blauer Engel
Stephanie Pilick

BLUE ANGEL TURNS 35

On the occasion of the anniversary, the eco-label started a campaign with prominent environmental ambassadors - including the presenter Jacqueline Roussety and the actor Thomas Arnold.

Wanderausstellung Konsumkompass

TRAVELING EXHIBITION CONSUMPTION COMPASS

The interactive exhibition of the German Federal Environment Foundation and UBA on sustainable and fair consumption has been roaming Germany since 2013.

2014
Kooperationsabkommen Japan und China
Kerstin Jana Kater

THE BLUE ANGEL RENEWED HIS COOPERATION AGREEMENT

with eco-labels in Austria, Japan, China.

Umweltbotschafter*innen Blauer Engel

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADORS

Katarina Witt, Oliver Mommsen and Hannelore Elsner are new environmental ambassadors for the Blue Angel in 2015.

2016
Logo Aktionstag Blauer Engel

FIRST DAY OF ACTION BLUE ANGEL ON OCTOBER 25

Umweltbotschafter*innen 2016

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADORS

Hansi Flick, Ralph Caspers, Florian Silbereisen, Dirk Steffens and Willi Weitzel show with personal statements that environmental protection begins with daily shopping.

2017
Hausgrafik Blauer Engel

ACTION DAY

Bild Shary Reeves

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADORS

Three new environmental ambassadors support the Blue Angel: Katarina Witt, Shary Reeves and Frida Gold.

Logo seit 2017

THE LOGO OF THE BLUE ANGEL IS MODERNIZED

2018

ANNIVERSARY - 40 YEARS OF BLUE ANGEL

Kanzlerin Merkel: "Blauer Engel" bietet Menschen Orientierung - seit 40 Jahren

VIDEO PODCAST OF THE FEDERAL CHANCELLOR

Chancellor Merkel congratulates on the anniversary.

Pressekonferenz Jubiläum
Sascha Hilgers/BMU

ANNIVERSARY PRESS CONFERENCE

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze congratulates the environmental label. In 1978 the Blue Angel was launched as the first environmental label worldwide with six product groups, including CFC-free aerosol cans, quiet lawnmowers and reusable bottles. In 2018, more than 12,000 products from 1,600 companies bear the Blue Angel.

Jubiläumstour

ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Under the motto "How much angels are in your home", the Blue Angel toured Germany with an action area.

World Ecolabel Day

WORLD ECOLABEL DAY

The Blue Angel day of action becomes the WORLD ECOLABEL DAY.

Internationale Konferenz 2018

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

The international conference on "40 Years of Credible Environmental Labeling: Driving Smart Innovations towards our Green Future" promoted the professional and cross-border exchange on current topics in the field of environmental labeling.

2019
Festivalsommer 2019

BLUE ANGEL FESTIVAL SUMMER

The Blue Angel on tour throughout Germany with a festival roadshow, including at the Hurricane, A Summers Tale and Open Flair Festival.

Verbrauchermessen

CONSUMER FAIRS

In the spirit of a climate-friendly future, the Blue Angel was also part of the 11th Hamburg Climate Week. He made stops at various hero markets.

2020
e-commerce

E-COMMERCE DATA SERVICE

Via a special e-commerce interface, online retailers and marketplaces can automatically access up-to-date lists with product codes (GTIN/EAN/UPC) and further information on over 20,000 Blue Angel products.

2021
Urkundenübergabe Betonwaren

BLUE ANGEL FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTS

The concrete block manufacturer Rinn Beton- und Naturstein is the first company to receive the new eco-label for "concrete products with recycled aggregates for outdoor flooring" for its concrete paving stones.