Basic Award Criteria

Basic Award Criteria

The following list provides an overview of all the product groups and services that can be labelled with the Blue Angel. You will find all of the currently valid Basic Award Criteria in alphabetic and numeric order in the list below. Click on the title of the product group or service to download the relevant Basic Award Criteria and its annexes. If your company complies with the criteria, you can submit an application to RAL gGmbH for the award of the Blue Angel for the relevant product or service.

General information on the term of validity of the Basic Award Criteria

How do I get the Blue Angel?

    • Sanitary Paper Products made of Recycled Paper

      Edition 2014 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Paper that helps save money and spare the environment
      To dry your hands, as a hygiene paper or for body care – there is a great demand for paper in bathroom and toilet. Those who use products made from waste paper instead of virgin fibres act with vision. Such action does not only contribute to a reduction of the volume of waste but also helps to conserve wood resources. In addition, products made from post-consumer papers often do much better than products made from virgin fibres not only from the ecological perspective but often also from the financial point of view – offering comparable properties of use.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low use of energy and water in the manufacturing process
      2. made from 100 % waste paper
      3. particularly low level of harmful materials

      Do you have any questions? We will be pleased to help you:

      Environmental Label RAL gGmbH
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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Environmentally Acceptable Pipe Cleaners

      Edition 2005 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Effective pipe cleaning without the use of chemicals
      It is true that often chemical pipe cleaning agents can be more easily used but, unfortunately, they mainly consists of strong alkalis and salts which contribute to the salinization of our water bodies and may even form irritant gases. Traditional mechanical pipe cleaners do without such aggressive chemicals and work equally well.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. cleans without chemicals

       

      Do you have any questions? We will be pleased to help you:

      Environmental Label RAL gGmbH
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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Non-Toxic Pest Control and Prevention

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Fewer pests combined with better health

      Pests – like cockroaches, moths or bugs – in the house need to be removed. A spray will quickly solve the problem. Unfortunately, many customary pest control sprays contain toxic substances and impact the indoor air quality. Traditional pest control textiles or fly strips which work by means of glue or light are a good alternative.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. non-toxic substances

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Unbleached Paper Filters for Use with Hot or Boiling Water

      Edition 2014 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Coffee with milk and cream – and a clear conscience
      Neither bleaching processes nor a series of other critical auxiliary substances are used in the manufacture of Blue Angel-labelled filter papers. The manufacturing process must meet stringent wastewater treatment requirements. In addition, the manufacturers of such filter papers only use fibres from certified sustainably managed and semi-natural forests or plantations - under no circumstances will they use wood from tropical forests. Knowing all this makes the coffee taste much better right away.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. content biodecradable
      2. wood fibres from sustainable
      3. unbleached

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Hand Dishwashing Detergents and Hard Surface Cleaners

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. Widespread avoidance of substances damaging to the environment and healt
      2. Promotes the sustainable cultivation of renewable raw materials
      3. Reduces packaging waste

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      We are happy to pass on technical questions to the responsible staff member:

      Herr Dr. Buttner Peter

    • Dishwasher detergents

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Dishwasher Detergents

      Almost every day, we use the dishwasher to clean the dishes or the washing machine to clean the laundry in our households. Hence, dishwasher detergents or laundry detergents are everyday products today and approximately 154,000 tons of dishwasher detergents and approximately 600,000 tons of laundry detergents are sold every year.
      However, the ingredients of these detergents reach the wastewater along with the wash or rinsing water, and thus may have a negative impact on the water bodies if the wastewater treatment plant cannot fully withhold or degrade the ingredients. Moreover, washing agents and detergents can contain health-endangering substances, such as, for example, certain preservatives or allergenic fragrances that may not be used at all or, if indispensable, must be reduced to an absolute minimum in Blue Angel eco-labelled products.  

      One of the primary constituents of detergents are tensides. These substances can be produced on the basis of petrochemical and/or renewable raw materials. Here, the use of sustainably produced raw materials efficiently contributes to a sustainable development. Blue Angel eco-labelled detergents shall contribute to sustainable development by preferentially using renewable raw materials in their manufacture which - to the fullest possible extent - are produced under sustainable conditions or promote sustainable production.

       

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. Widespread avoidance of substances damaging to the environment and health
      2. Promotes the sustainable cultivation of renewable raw materials
      3. Reduces packaging waste

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      Herr Dr. Buttner Peter

    • Laundry detergent

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Clean laundry with environmental benefit
      Almost every day, we use the dishwasher to clean the dishes or the washing machine to clean the laundry in our households. Hence, dishwasher detergents or laundry detergents are everyday products today and approximately 154,000 tons of dishwasher detergents and approximately 600,000 tons of laundry detergents are sold every year.
      However, the ingredients of these detergents reach the wastewater along with the wash or rinsing water, and thus may have a negative impact on the water bodies if the wastewater treatment plant cannot fully withhold or degrade the ingredients. Moreover, washing agents and detergents can contain health-endangering substances, such as, for example, certain preservatives or allergenic fragrances that may not be used at all or, if indispensable, must be reduced to an absolute minimum in Blue Angel eco-labelled products.  

      One of the primary constituents of detergents are tensides. These substances can be produced on the basis of petrochemical and/or renewable raw materials. Here, the use of sustainably produced raw materials efficiently contributes to a sustainable development. Blue Angel eco-labelled detergents shall contribute to sustainable development by preferentially using renewable raw materials in their manufacture which - to the fullest possible extent - are produced under sustainable conditions or promote sustainable production.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. Maximum avoidance of substances harmful to health and environment
      2. Promotion of sustainable production of renewable raw materials
      3. Reduction of packaging waste

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      Herr Dr. Buttner Peter

    • Shampoos, shower gels and soaps and other so-called rinse-off cosmetic products

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low impact on bodies of water
      2. requirements for renewable raw materials
      3. limits on packaging waste

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      Herr Dr. Buttner Peter

    • Nappies, feminine hygiene and incontinence products (absorbent hygiene products, AHP) (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Around ten million nappies are used and then thrown away every day in Germany. In addition, there are approximately 46,100 tonnes of feminine hygiene products sold every year1. Around 5 million people are affected by incontinence in Germany. In outpatient care alone, statutory health and nursing care insurance providers use about 4.9 million incontinence products every day2. Not only are a large amount of raw materials used in their production but they also produce a lot of waste: According to projections based on these figures, 154,680 tonnes of waste nappies are produced annually.

      In addition, the wearing of absorbent hygiene products means that these products are in regular contact with the skin or mucous membranes and thus even the smallest quantities of chemicals harmful to health could have a negative impact. Furthermore, the use of lotions and fragrances is prohibited in those products awarded with the environmental label to avoid the risk of allergies.

      Another main focus is placed on the origins and production processes for the fluff pulp. The fluff pulp must be exclusively sourced from certified, sustainably operated businesses that remain close to nature (e.g. FSC, PEFC) and engage in energy efficient and low emission fluff pulp production. In the case of other biogenic raw materials that may be used in the products, only certified biomass is approved. One example is the requirement for 100% organic cotton.

      In an application test, the products must also achieve a minimum level of satisfaction with respect to their fitness for use and quality from 80% of the test subjects.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. tested for harmful substances and free from cosmetic additives
      2. 100% pulp from sustainable forestry
      3. high usability

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Disposable diapers (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Around ten million nappies are used and then thrown away every day in Germany. Not only are a large amount of raw materials used in their production but they also produce a lot of waste: According to projections based on these figures, 154,680 tonnes of waste nappies are produced annually.

      These products are constantly in contact with the skin (e.g. small children) and thus even the smallest amounts of chemicals harmful to health could have a negative impact. Strict requirements are placed on all of the materials contained in the nappies and there is a detailed exclusion list for hazardous substances and those substances harmful to health. Furthermore, the use of lotions, fragrances and odour absorbers is prohibited in those products awarded with the environmental label to avoid the risk of allergies.

      Another main focus is placed on the origins and production processes for the fluff pulp. The fluff pulp must be exclusively sourced from certified, sustainably operated businesses that remain close to nature (e.g. FSC, PEFC) and engage in energy efficient and low emission fluff pulp production. In the case of other biogenic raw materials that may be used in the products, only certified biomass is approved.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. tested for harmful substances
      2. free from cosmetic additives
      3. pulp from sustainable forestry

      Do you have any questions? We will be pleased to help you:

      Environmental Label RAL gGmbH
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      We are happy to pass on technical questions to the responsible staff member:

      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Vacuum Cleaner Bags

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Vacuum cleaner bags are a widely distributed product used in almost all households. It is estimated that around 140 million vacuum cleaner bags are used every year in Germany. Vacuum cleaner bags are a product that cannot be disposed of as either recyclable waste (dual system) or – due to their non-biodegradable content – as organic waste. Vacuum cleaner bags must be disposed of as residual waste and are thus only subjected to thermal processing. The raw materials used to produce the bags are lost as a result. Therefore, the use of high-quality primary materials for this product group should be avoided – as far as this is technically possible.

      In order to reduce the consumption of resources for vacuum cleaner bags, the Blue Angel thus requires that they are produced using a high proportion of recycled materials. In addition, it places requirements on the bag's good fitness for use to ensure that this single-use product has a long service life and also to improve the technical service life of the vacuum cleaner. For this purpose, the Blue Angel places requirements on the bag's capacity to retain dust particles and its strength. A bag with a high capacity to retain dust particles but with a low strength can break at an early stage and thus even damage the motor inside the appliance.

      To round off the requirements for overall environmental performance, the Blue Angel also focuses on the secondary packaging of the products. For vacuum cleaner bags, this packaging must only be made out of paper or cardboard containing at least 90% recycled materials. Packaging made of plastic or other materials is not necessary for vacuum cleaner bags. 

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. at least 60 % recycled materials
      2. good fitness for use
      3. high retention of dust particles

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Low-Emission Furniture and Slatted Frames made of Wood and Wood-Based Materials

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Wood for a good indoor climate
      Products made of wood or wood-based materials, such as furniture or slated frames, may cause an environmental impact during their production, use and disposal.
      The Blue Angel eco-label considers the whole life cycle of a product and promotes, above all, the use of wood from sustainably managed forests and of low-emission wood-based materials.

       

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low emissions
      2. wood from sustainable forestry
      3. no adverse impact on health in the living environment

       

      Do you have any questions? We will be pleased to help you:

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Low Emission Upholstered Furniture

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Healthy Living with the Blue Angel
      A living room without upholstery, unthinkable.
      Some upholstered furniture can be significant sources of pollutants in indoor environments because of their large surfaces and their long service lives.
      Pollutants that may adversely affect the environment and human health usually come from glues, upholstery materials, cover fabrics, or the leather. The Blue Angel for low-emission upholstery indicates that - starting from its production through its entire service life to its recycling and disposal - the piece of furniture causes less impact on environment and health than comparable products without the Blue Angel eco-label.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low emissions
      2. low pollutant content

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      Frau M.Sc. Nicole Markiton

    • Mattresses

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Why is it that pollutant-tested mattresses are so important?
      We sleep seven hours per day on the average. There is just a piece of cloth between us and the mattress and that is why we are freely exposed to chemical emissions. Such emissions may cause numerous health problems and damage the environment. Formaldehyde, for example, may cause allergies or even cancer. In addition, emissions may produce unpleasant odours which may interfere with healthy sleep and, thus, have a negative impact on our well-being. Blue Angel-labelled products are particularly low in emissions. Thus, they contribute to environmental protection even while sleeping.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low emissions
      2. low pollutant content

       

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      Herr Dr. Sven Ueberlein

    • Leather

      Edition 2015 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Blue Angel for Leathers

      Leathers can be a significant source of indoor air pollution because of their large surfaces and their long service lives. Pollutants that may affect our health and environment usually originate from leather tanning and preservation processes. The Blue Angel eco-label for low-emission upholstery leather signals to the consumer that leathers bearing the Blue Angel have been manufactured with the aim of minimizing their impact on health and environment during manufacture, the entire useful life as well as during recycling and disposal. The new Blue Angel eco-label enables the manufacturer of upholstery furniture as well as the upholstery craftsman to deliberately choose Blue Angel-ecolabelled low-emission upholstery leathers for their products and, thus, offer upholstery furniture to the consumer that does not pose a risk to their health.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low emissions
      2. low level of harmful materials
      3. environmentally friendly production

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      Frau M.Sc. Nicole Markiton

    • Textiles

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Green clothes - more than a fig leaf

      There are many textile standards on paper - but on most products they are missing. And not all label guarantee environmentally friendly standards for the entire production chain. Many consumers are overwhelmed by the sheer number of labels. They don´t know which labels they should consider. To be of practical use in every day´s life, a label must be well known and trustworthy. The aim of the Blue Angel is to provide a reliable guidance for sustainable textiles.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. environmentally friendly production
      2. tested for pollutants
      3. social criteria in the raw materials extraction and end production

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      Environmental Label RAL gGmbH
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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Shoes

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      No more tiptoeing around - a decision your feet can support
      Shoes are important consumer products - every German consumer buys an average of 4-5 pairs per year. But what many consumers do not bear in mind: the manufacturing of the shoes includes several environmental relevant processes from tanning of the leather to finishing the final product. The aim of the eco label is to define high standards throughout the production chain protecting the environment and health. With the Blue Angel it will be easier to recognize good shoes in the future.

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. tested for pollutants
      2. environmentally friendly production
      3. social criteria in the raw materials extraction and end production

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      Frau M.Sc. Nicole Markiton

    • Toys

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Consumers place high demands on toys, i.e. they want them to be free from hazardous substances. That is why the criteria place a strong focus on avoidance and minimization of harmful substances as well as on the verification of compliance by periodic tests. The Blue Angel eco-label goes beyond the requirements of the European Directive on the Safety of Toys and bans further substances that pose a risk to the environment. These present Basic Criteria for Award of the Blue Angel require compliance with fundamental social standards in the production of raw materials as well as at the final production sites. Moreover, greater transparency on the part of the toy manufacturers regarding their suppliers shall guarantee, in the future, compliance with key labour standards also at other levels of the value chain.

      The Blue Angel eco-label may be awarded to toys made of textiles, wood, plastic, leather, paper, natural rubber and metal.

      Benefits to the Health and Environment

      1. tested for pollutants
      2. safety tested
      3. social aspects of raw materials extraction and end production

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Computer and Keyboards

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      How can computers pay off for environment and health?
      Today, the use of computers is part of our daily lives - both in private and professional life: The great majority of German workplaces is equipped with a computer. This makes it all the more important that computers and keyboards meet all demands of modern office work, are environmentally friendly and have no adverse effects on users’ health.

      The manufacture of computers, notebooks and keyboards does not only require a great amount of energy but also plenty of resources the production of which is associated with significant environmental impacts. The resources are usually very scarce materials, such as rare earth elements, gold, indium, cobalt or tantalum. They are extremely important for modern technologies but their availability is not guaranteed. With a view to a resource-efficient economy the aim is to allow long-time use of computers in order to derive the greatest possible benefit from the resources used once. Blue Angel eco-labelled computers meet this requirement because they are, for example, repairable and upgradable.

      Also, Blue Angel eco-labelled computers and keyboards meet stringent requirements for recyclable design and material selection, thus creating favourable framework conditions for an efficient recovery of the materials used and helping to conserve natural resources.

      To protect users' health, the plastic parts of the devices are exclusively made of particularly low-emission materials.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low energy consumption
      2. durable
      3. recyclable design

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Mobile Phones

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      We can't imagine our lives without mobile phones. They have become a matter of course for most of us to make calls, send emails, surf the Internet or take photos wherever we are.

      The Blue Angel criteria are a perfect help when buying a new mobile phone if health and the conservation of resources are of importance. Strict limits have been set for electromagnetic radiation. Harmful substances in the plastics have been minimized to promote precautionary health protection. A number of requirements have been included to ensure the longevity of the devices. The battery, for example, must meet particularly high quality standards and, of course, it must be replaceable by the user without expert knowledge being required. Spare parts must be available for components that typically break down (above all, battery, front glass and display). A key reason why people are often reluctant to give or sell their mobile phone for second-hand use are their personal data stored on the device; here, the requirement for Blue Angel eco-labelled devices is that the user himself/herself must be able to easily and securely delete these data.

      A mobile phone has to travel a long way until it finally reaches the consumer. That is why the Basic Criteria for the Blue Angel also include requirements for the origin of raw materials, i.e. the so-called conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) as well as for the conditions of production. Compliance with fundamental social standards at the manufacturing plants will be monitored on site by independent third parties.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. durable
      2. low radiation
      3. social aspects of raw materials extraction and end production

       

      Do you have any questions? We will be pleased to help you:

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Solar-Powered Products

      Edition 2012 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Using the sun to generate electric power

      Solar technology is an important solution for securing future energy supplies. Solar cells can be intelligently integrated into products to reduce the use of standard batteries or make access to the electricity grid unnecessary. The electrical power generated by the solar cells can be stored in rechargeable batteries so that the products work with a sufficient degree of reliability. This environmental label covers products for indoor and outdoor use such as milk frothers, wall clocks, alarm clocks, house number lighting, lights and fences.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. energy efficient
      2. renewable energie

       

      Do you have any questions? We will be pleased to help you:

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      Frau Dr. Andrea Rimkus

    • baby monitors

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Maximum protection for small children

      Baby monitors provide parents with valuable assistance in the first months of a baby's life – because they can save lives! And they can also make everyday life for mothers and fathers easier in subsequent years. The main focus should always be placed on the safety of babies and children and providing the highest possible protection against radiation should already be taken into account when purchasing these devices. Baby monitors with the Blue Angel have particularly low emissions and ensure parents have peace-of-mind while their small one sleeps safely and calmly in their cot.

      Benefits for the environment and health:

      1. low exposure to radiation
      2. avoidance of environmentally damaging materials

       

       

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Beamer

      Edition 2014 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      How can digital projectors (in German also called beamers) be of benefit to environment and health?
      Digital projectors have become a matter of course in schools and universities as well as in professional and private life: More than 250000 digital projectors are sold in Germany every year, with a tendency to rise. Hence, it is all the more important that these devices meet all requirements of modern presentation technology, are environmentally friendly and have no negative effects on the user’s health. Here, the Blue Angel provides orientation and sets stringent standards. Blue Angel-labelled digital projectors are low-noise devices. They feature an optimized energy consumption and, after all, the low energy consumption in standby mode contributes to global climate protection.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low energy consumption
      2. durable
      3. low noise

       

      Do you have any questions? We will be pleased to help you:

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      Frau Dr. Andrea Rimkus

    • Digital cordless phone

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Cordless phones are gaining in popularity with today’s consumers – they can be found in many homes and offices. It is so convenient to make a „cordless call“ but still use the landline. However, with these phones another source of electromagnetic radiation enters your home or office. One major objective of the Blue Angel eco-label is a preventive limitation of this radiation. And, of course, we also want the Blue Angel to contribute to climate protection. Even though the saving in electrical power consumption is only a few watts for a single device the number of devices is what makes the difference – resulting in a significant economic impact.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low energy consumption
      2. low radiation

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Water boilers, electric kettles

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Hot Products for Climate Protection
      Small device - great effect: People who regularly use the electric kettle instead of cooker or microwave do not only protect our climate but also save on the electricity bill. When purchasing an electric kettle consumers should also look for an easy-to-read water level indicator allowing an easy and accurate dosing of small quantities of water – or directly buy a Blue Angel-labelled appliance.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low energy consumption
      2. low level of hamful materials
      3. durable

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Auto-Off Power Strips and Socket Adapters

      Edition 2012 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Is it really OFF?
      The annual standby power consumption of appliances in private households is about 400 kWh. Appliances can be separated from the electric circuit by the use of power strips – and till then they are often not "really off". But in everyday life people often forget to also turn off the power strip itself. This can be avoided by using a power strip with master/slave switching to which one main device (master) and several additional devices (slaves) can be connected. When switching off the master device the slave devices are completely disconnected from the mains as well, thus cutting their standby losses to zero.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low energy consumption
      2. low level of harmful materials

       

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    • Coffee Machines for Household Use

      Edition 2014 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Coffee enjoyment without remorse about the climate
      People in Germany like to drink coffee and they drink quite a lot. Besides the classical filter coffee, espresso machines are steadily gaining popularity in Germany too. In contrast to the traditional coffee-making, the advantage of the modern automatic coffee machines is - from the environmental point of view – the fact that they brew only as much coffee as is actually needed. This helps to save both energy and coffee. However, a fact that many consumers do not know is that quite a number of these single-portion coffee machines have high power consumption, for example, because of their need for constant water heating.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low energy consumption
      2. low level of harmful materials
      3. durable

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    • Voice over IP

      Edition 2010 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Convenient and energy-efficient telephone conversations over the Internet
      There is a growing trend for companies to replace their analog or ISDN phone systems with voice over IP phones. They provide a greater variety of functions and save costs using existing data networks. To make sure that this plus for convenience is not accompanied by an increase in energy and material consumption the Blue Angel sets strict requirements. Blue Angel eco-labelled VoIP phones feature low electric power consumption, high compatibility with data networks, updatability and high voice quality. Spare parts supply must be guaranteed for at least 5 years, used devices can be returned to the manufacturer and the materials used are subject to strict requirements as to pollutant contents.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low energy consumption
      2. durable
      3. recyclable design

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    • lamps

      Edition 2014 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Keep your eyes open when buying lamps: High-quality energy-saving household lamps
      Compact fluorescent lamps - colloquially also called "energy-saving bulbs" - and LED lamps use far less electricity than incandescent lamps to produce the same light output. Thus, they help reduce the household lighting bill: at best by up to 80 percent. However, not all energy-saving lamps are equally good. Blue Angel eco-labelled lamps are high-quality products offering so many benefits (see above). Hence: Be smart about lighting.

      Benefits to Climate and Environment

      1. energy efficient
      2. low emissions
      3. high quality of lamp light

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    • Router

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Energy-efficient and Durable Routers

      Surfing the Net with the Blue Angel

      It is almost impossible to imagine life without the Internet nowadays. 88 percent of all private households in Germany have access to the Internet. To this end they need networking equipment that is usually on around the clock.

      The Blue Angel eco-label may be awarded to particularly energy-efficient routers that automatically switch to “Idle” state when not in use. Unused interfaces are automatically disabled or can be fully turned off by the user in order to reduce energy consumption.

      To ensure the longest possible service life for the devices Blue Angel eco-labelled routers can rely on guaranteed software updates and repair services. Easy data deletion and product take-back offered by the manufacturer allow the reuse of the router when the device is no longer needed in the household.

      And when the router is finally recycled the design optimised for recycling makes sure that 90 percent of the plastics and metals used in the housing parts can be recycled.

      Benefits to the Environment and health

      1. low energy consumption
      2. durable

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    • Energy Efficient Data Center Operation

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Data centers – you can't see them but nevertheless need them multiple times per day. Whether checking the news on a smartphone, holding a video conference or completing a bank transfer, the services provided by a data center are constantly required on an ongoing basis. Germany is the largest data center location in Europe and the third largest in the world. The majority of the data centers in Germany are located in Frankfurt am Main. No data center can operate without electricity and the data centers in Frankfurt now account for around 20 percent of the electricity consumption in the City of Frankfurt and this figure is increasing.

       

      Data centers offer significant potential for saving energy, which can be exploited by managing the data center components and building technology in a professional manner. The environmental label for energy efficient data center operation reduces energy consumption, eliminates air conditioning that is damaging to the environment and utilises the existing technology to a better extent. Excess capacities in the data center infrastructure and underutilised servers waste valuable resources. The Blue Angel places strict requirements on the monitoring of the energy provision, air conditioning and IT performance of the data center components. This makes it possible to identify any optimisation potential. When new components are acquired, they are subject to significantly tougher requirements in comparison to the existing technology. The aim of the Blue Angel is to ensure the efficient operation of existing technology. Investment in new technology should only be made when it is necessary for specialist or technical reasons.    

      A data center certified with the Blue Angel provides its services in an environmentally friendly way.

      The Blue Angel criteria offer reliable assistance when selecting ecological criteria for issuing invitations to tender and awarding contracts for external data center services. 

      Benefits to the Environment and health

      1. energy efficient
      2. resource-conserving

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    • Toasters

      Edition 2012 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      A toaster is one of the basic items that belong to a German household. Even though it is used for only a few minutes each day, the high power consumption of a regularly and intensively used appliance adds up to an annual power consumption of almost 50kWh (8 slices per day). In addition to power consumption, other key issues of consumer health protection are pollutant emissions, as, for example, the emission of formaldehyde. And there are safety aspects that play an important role during the useful life of a toaster: the exterior surfaces of some models can become extremely hot, thus posing a burn hazard to users. Moreover, there are safety risks when slices of bread get stuck in the appliance.

      The Basic Criteria for award of the eco-label make sure that Blue Angel-labelled products are low in power consumption. Also, the Blue Angel toasters feature low pollutant and emission levels, meet stringent safety requirements and have a great ease of use.

      Benefits to the Health and Environment

      1. low energy consumption
      2. low level of harmful materials
      3. safe

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Data Shredders

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Data shredders, as, for example, file shredders, are used to destroy confidential documents that are no longer needed by shredding them into pieces. A lot of shredders do not just shred paper but also other data carriers, such as CDs / DVDs or credit cards and, thus, protect them from data misuse. The maximum power of data shredders for personal and small office use is between 130 and 700 watts. The maximum power of appliances for open-plan offices or office floors is between about 700 and 2600 watts. The greater part of the annual power consumed by inefficient data shredders (90 to 97 %) is not consumed in the actual operating mode (paper shredding) but in “standby” and “off” mode. The Blue Angel eco-label for data shredders may be awarded to appliances featuring low power consumption, long-lived design and avoidance of environmentally harmful materials.

       

      Environmental and Health Benefits

      1. energy saving
      2. durable
      3. low level of harmful materials

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    • Hair Dryers

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Hair care appliances are basic items that can be found in most German households. The power consumption of a hair dryer is between 960 and 2300 watts. The annual power consumption of an average hair dryer is 65 kWh if used every day. This is about as much as the consumption of, for example, an iron or an efficient cooling device. Blue Angel eco-labelled hair care appliances achieve power savings of at least 30 percent compared to standard appliances. In addition, Blue Angel eco-labelled hair care appliances meet requirements for noise emission, the plastics and materials used as well as for product safety and durability. Moreover, the Operating Instructions include information on environmentally conscious user behaviour and product safety.

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. high energy efficiency
      2. low noise emissions
      3. extended warranty period

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    • Remanufactured toner cartridges and ink cartridges for printers, copiers and multifunction devices (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2026

      Great benefit, less waste 

      Blue Angel eco-labelled toner modules help to reduce the amount of waste and, thus, to conserve resources. These toner modules must also meet stringent requirements for the materials used, the monochrome or colour toners as well as for serviceability properties. Last but not least, the Blue Angel eco-labelled remanufactured toner modules made available to interested suppliers and users must - in combination with low-emission office equipment according to DE-UZ 171 or DE-UZ 205 - meet the stringent requirements for the release of fine and ultrafine particles during printing.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. reconditioned
      2. low emissions
      3. low level of harmful materials

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    • Remanufactured Toner Modules (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Great benefit, less waste 

      Blue Angel eco-labelled toner modules help to reduce the amount of waste and, thus, to conserve resources. These toner modules must also meet stringent requirements for the materials used, the monochrome or colour toners as well as for serviceability properties. Last but not least, the Blue Angel eco-labelled remanufactured toner modules made available to interested suppliers and users must - in combination with low-emission office equipment according to DE-UZ 171 or DE-UZ 205 - meet the stringent requirements for the release of fine and ultrafine particles during printing.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. reconditioned
      2. low emissions
      3. low level of harmful materials

       

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    • Telephone Systems

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Benefits to the Environment and Health

      1. low energy consumption
      2. durable
      • Please note that there is a newer edition.

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    • Vakuum Cleaners

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Environmentally friendly suction power
      There are currently around 39 million vacuum cleaners in German households, which consume around 3.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year in total. The electricity costs during an 8-year service life are often higher than the purchase price.

      The environmental label for vacuum cleaners may be awarded to appliances with low energy consumption and a high dust pick up, as well as low dust re-emissions. They must have a recyclable design and low noise emissions. These appliances also avoid the use of environmentally damaging materials. A special focus is placed on durability and ease-of-repair.

      In the case of corded vacuum cleaners, the environmental label requires that the motor has a service life of at least 600 hours, the active floor nozzle has a service life of at least 300 hours, the passive universal nozzle can withstand 1200 falls from a height of 80 cm, the appliance can withstand 500 impacts with thresholds and door posts and the suction hose can withstand at least 40,000 deformations. In the case of cordless vacuum cleaners, the run time must be at least 75% of the initial run time after 600 charging cycles and the battery must be removeable
      . These requirements also send a clear signal to manufacturers to increase the service life and improve the easy-to-repair design of their products and help to avoid waste as a result.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. recyclable and easy-to-repair design
      2. high dust retention
      3. low energy consumption

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    • Set-Top Boxes

      Edition 2015 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Blue Angel for Set-Top Boxes
      Set-top boxes are devices designed for receiving digital, encoded and/or encrypted television signals. They are also often commonly known as "receivers". Set-top boxes expand the functionality of televisions by making additional multimedia content available. For example, a set-top box can enable users to access online and offline video libraries, receive television programmes via video streaming or surf the Internet. The premature replacement of a television set that does not possess these additional functionalities can thus be prevented through the additional use of a set-top box.
      Set-top boxes awarded with the environmental label consume significantly less energy in comparison to other standard devices available on the market. Plastic parts in those devices awarded with the environmental label use materials low in pollutants.
      In addition, those set-top boxes awarded with the environmental label fulfil strict requirements when it comes to their selection of materials, their adaptability to technological changes, the applicant's provision of appropriate infrastructure for taking back used equipment and their recycling-friendly design. These requirements create a sound basis for the longer use of the devices and the efficient recycling of the materials used.

      Benefits to the environment

      1. low energy consumption
      2. durable
      3. recyclable design

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    • Office Equipment with Printing Function (Printers and Multifunction Devices)

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Many features, more transparency

      Blue Angel eco-labelled printers, copiers or multifunction devices all have one common advantage: their contribution to indoor air pollution at the workplace or in private households is particularly low. In order to being awarded the Blue Angel eco-label devices must meet strict requirements for material selection and recyclable design. Last but not least, low-pollutant materials are used in the plastic parts, thus, reducing possible harm to the environment and health risks. In addition, low energy consumption also helps to protect the climate.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low energy consumption
      2. low emissions and noise
      3. durable

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    • Garden tools

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      In areas worthy of protection, as well as in private gardens, many people consider noise generated by garden tools to be significant noise pollution. The objective of awarding the environmental label to low-noise and low-pollution garden tools is thus primarily to reduce noise emissions.

      The Blue Angel identifies those garden tools with state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. As combustion engine powered tools with the latest technical features do not meet the necessary requirements for the award of the environmental label, these tools are no longer contained within the scope of the latest Basic Award Criteria. The scope of the environmental label covers garden tools with an electric motor (mains or battery powered) such as chain saws, hedge trimmers, lawnmowers, electric scythes and trimmers, scarifiers, shredders and pole pruners.

      In addition, the use of substances harmful to the environment and human health is excluded for all tools. Battery-powered tools must use rechargeable batteries that are low in pollutants and have a long service life. The rechargeable batteries must be replaceable.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low noise
      2. high battery quality
      3. low level of harmful materials

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    • Take Back Schemes for Mobile Phones

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Mobile phones are an integral part of our lives. Their manufacture requires the use of a variety of raw materials that are sourced in a complex and often environmentally damaging way. That is why, from the environmental point of view, the focus should be on a long useful life of the devices. This can be achieved if at the end of their initial use mobile phones are reused. To this end, they need to be carefully collected and treated beforehand.  

      The objectives of this eco-label are avoidance of waste and preservation of natural resources. The Blue Angel allows consumers or public authorities to spot take-back schemes for mobile phones whose primary objective is to prepare the devices for reuse. Second life use of the devices helps not only to save resources and energy but also to avoid waste.

      Benefits to Environment and Health:

      1. particularly easy handover
      2. careful receipt of the devices
      3. thorough inspection for reusability

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    • Server and Data Storage Products

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      The demand for the central processing and storing of data has increased continuously for many years and has been strengthened by new business processes dealing with digitalisation and the increasing networking of products. This trend is also reflected in the sales figures. According to data from the market research institute IDC, global revenue from the sale of servers doubled between 2009 and 2019 from 10 billion to 20 billion US dollars1. The constant increase in the global volume of data has an impact on the sales figures for data storage products. The storage capacity at cloud data centers is thus expected to increase by 29 percent annually between 2018 and 2023.2 It is anticipated that the importance of servers and data storage products will continue to increase substantially over the next few years.

      When analysing servers and data storage products as a whole, it is clear that most of the greenhouse gas emissions occur during the use of these products. The usage phase for servers accounts for around 80% of the total greenhouse gas emissions, while this figure is around 90% for data storage products. In order to comprehensively evaluate the environmental burden caused by servers and data storage products, however, it is also important to focus on the consumption of raw materials. The situation is reversed in this area because more than 70% of the abiotic raw materials are consumed during production of the servers. 

      1 IDC: Worldwide Server Tracker, https://www.idc.com/tracker/showproductinfo.jsp?prod_id=7

      2 Hülskötter, Michael (2019): Multi-Cloud-Bewegung wird den Storage-Markt verändern. Published by the magazine “speicherguide”. Available online at https://www.speicherguide.de/cloud/multi-cloud-bewegung-wird-den- storage-markt-veraendern-24337.aspx

      In the case of data storage products, the production process accounts for around 60% of the abiotic raw materials consumed.

      Against this background, the aim of the Blue Angel is to reduce the overall energy consumption by servers and data storage products and improve resource efficiency. The impact on the environment can be significantly reduced by developing suitable and ambitious criteria for servers and data storage products. Saving energy in the operation of servers and data storage products pays off twice in the data center: On the one hand, there are the direct energy savings achieved by the devices themselves and, on the other hand, there is a reduced demand for cooling.

      The Blue Angel environmental label for Servers and Data Storage Products sets high minimum requirements for the energy efficiency of servers, data storage products and power supply units, as well as for the elimination of pollutants in the plastic materials used in the products. In addition, the label requires the early adoption of the European Ecodesign Directive for servers and data storage products including the guidelines for energy and material efficiency, as well as compliance with the energy efficiency criteria and documentation obligations in the “Energy Star” label. The Blue Angel can thus be used to label devices that stand out due to their high energy efficiency, long service life and avoidance of environmentally polluting materials.

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. energy efficient
      2. save resources

       

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    • Climate-Friendly Co-Location Data Center

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      The existing environmental label for “Energy Efficient Data Center Operation” (DE-UZ-161) utilises an interdisciplinary approach covering all areas of a data center and its infrastructure. This system-based approach not only focuses on the energy efficiency of individual components but, in particular, also on the overall environmentally-conscious management of the data center. Up to now, operators of colocation data centers were only able to apply for this environmental label  if their customers ensured compliance with the requirements for the efficient operation of the information technology. This represented an almost insurmountable hurdle in practice.

      The importance of colocation data centers has increased significantly in recent years. Colocation data centers already accounted for 32% of the total building area covered by data centers in 2017, while this figure stood at just 15% in 2010. The reasons for this development are, for example, new business processes dealing with digitalisation and the increasing networking of products and the associated increase in the use of cloud applications whose services are primarily offered via colocation data centers. 3

      Due to the advance of digitalisation, the number of data centers and, in particular, colocation data centers will grow even further. Both, energy consumption and also the demand for raw materials – and especially critical raw materials – will increase as a result.

      This environmental label for “Climate Friendly Colocation Data Centers” addresses the areas that can be influenced by colocation suppliers.

      The environmental label for “Climate Friendly Colocation Data Centers” may be awarded to those colocation data centers

      • whose building technology is operated in a particularly energy efficient and resource-conserving manner,
      • whose operators develop and successfully implement a long-term strategy for increasing the energy and resource efficiency of the DC infrastructure,

      3 Borderstep on behalf of the eco-Verband: Bedeutung digitaler Infrastrukturen in Deutschland. Chancen und Herausforderungen für Rechenzentren im internationalen Wettbewerb, 2018

      • who motivate their customers to use energy-efficient information technology and
      • who offer guaranteed minimum standards and transparent reporting to create the conditions for colocation customers to operate information technology in an environmentally friendly manner.

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. energy efficient
      2. climate friendly
      3. transparent reporting

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    • Resources and Energy-Efficient Software Products

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Software and hardware belong together like a book and its pages. One makes no sense without the other. A computer, notebook and even a smartphone can only be as energy efficient as the software allows. Although it is the hardware that consumes energy, it is the software that triggers the consumption of this energy. The design of the software and its programming also have an influence on the hardware specifications and are thus also responsible for the replacement of supposedly less powerful hardware.

      The European Ecodesign Directive defines requirements for the environmentally friendly design of energy-related products and sets minimum requirements. Most of the products that come under the scope of the Ecodesign Directive are controlled by software. There are no legal requirements for the energy efficiency of software products despite the fact that software has a major influence on energy consumption.

      The aim of the environmental label for resource and energy-efficient software products is to reduce the total energy consumed by information and communication technology and improve resource efficiency. By purchasing software that has been awarded the Blue Angel, consumers and public procurers can be sure that the software uses hardware resources in a particularly efficient manner and saves energy. Due to lower performance requirements, the hardware has a longer service life. In addition, the software stands out due to its high level of transparency and grants users greater freedom in their use of the software.

      Furthermore, the criteria for the environmental label also provide developers of software products with useful guidance for identifying possible weaknesses in the software and taking the right measures to reduce the impact on the environment.

      https://www.umwelt-campus.de/forschung/projekte/green-software-engineering/projekte/ufoplan-ssd-2015/ 

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. energy efficient
      2. save recources
      3. transparent interfaces

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    • Office Equipment with Printing Function (Printers and Multifunction Devices) (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Lots of functions, sustainable and transparent

      Printers and multifunction devices are complex devices with a diverse range of functions and are used on a daily basis in both a private and work environment. Devices certified with the Blue Angel fulfil requirements that are being gradually expanded and also made more stringent up to 2025. This includes criteria to ensure that the contribution made by these electrophotographic devices to the pollution of indoor air with ultra-fine particles in the workplace or at home is kept at a particularly low level and gradually reduced over time. In addition, the devices must comply with strict requirements with respect to the selection of materials and the recyclable design of the products. The criteria for the selection of materials in the devices also stipulate that a minimum level of recycled plastic must be used. Low-pollutant materials must also be used in the plastic parts to reduce the impact on the environment and the risks to human health. Furthermore, these devices have a low energy consumption and thus make a significant contribution to climate protection. Last but not least, those companies who sell printers and multifunction devices certified with the Blue Angel are also obligated to gradually fulfil ambitious social standards during the production process and comply with due diligence requirements in the supply chains for conflict materials by 2024 at the latest.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low energy consumption
      2. low emissions and noise
      3. durable

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    • Telephone systems and corded voice-over-IP telephones (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Convenient and energy-efficient telephone conversations over the Internet
      There is a growing trend for companies to replace their analog or ISDN phone systems with voice over IP phones. They provide a greater variety of functions and save costs using existing data networks. To make sure that this plus for convenience is not accompanied by an increase in energy and material consumption the Blue Angel sets strict requirements. Blue Angel eco-labelled VoIP phones feature low electric power consumption, high compatibility with data networks, updatability and high voice quality. Spare parts supply must be guaranteed for at least 6 years, used devices can be returned to the manufacturer and the materials used are subject to strict requirements as to pollutant contents.

      Telephone systems transfer data between both a variety of terminals like telephones, fax machines or answering machines and also between these terminals and one or more lines on the public telephone network. As telephone systems installed for commercial use are generally operated 24 hours a day, every day of the week, reducing their energy consumption makes an important contribution to climate protection and also saves operating costs. The upgradability and updatability of the hardware and software are also decisive factors for guaranteeing the longest possible service life of the telephone system and thus helping to preserve resources.

      The "Blue Angel" environmental label for VoIP telephones and telephone systems signals to purchasers of these systems that devices issued with this label provide greater preventative protection for the environment and the consumer than is required by statutory regulations. Therefore, the environmental label acts as a decision-making aid for purchasing new devices with the longest possible service lives.

      Benefits to the Environment 

      1. low energy consumption
      2. durable
      3. recyclable design

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    • Low-emission and low-pollutant Varnishes

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      “Varnish is a coating substance that is thinly applied to surfaces and hardens due to chemical or physical processes. The surface is sealed and protected as a result. Enhancing the visual appearance of the surface is also part of the various different applications for varnishes. Coating indoor surfaces with varnishes and paints similar to varnish can pollute the indoor air and it is thus essential to select the right product. The Blue Angel is awarded on the basis of an evaluation of the product formulation or an emissions test. This guarantees that varnishes holding the Blue Angel are low in emissions and solvents and also have low levels of pollutants.”

       

       

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low in solvents
      2. low pollutant content

       

       

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    • Water-saving Flushing Boxes

      Edition 2011 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Save cash by saving water
      Water is our most precious food and that is exactly why we should use it sparingly. Even if it pours from the tap like a matter of course: Drinking water treatment is a complex and expensive process. Water can be most easily saved in bathroom and toilet where we use two thirds of our water. Therefore, an investment that pays off are water-saving flushing boxes: they reduce the consumption of water by one third and are easy on the purse.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low use of water

       

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    • Wallpapers and Woodchip Wall Coverings primarily made of Recycled Paper

      Edition 2014 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Why should we use wallpapers made from recycled paper?
      Wallpapers made from waste paper help to conserve resources and avoid the environmental impacts associated with the production of pulp. Paper production is among the major energy-consuming and water-burdening economic sectors. Wood-chip wallpapers, above all, are additionally breathable und, thus, have a positive impact on the indoor air quality.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low use of energy and water in the manufacturing process
      2. primarily made from waste paper
      3. particularly low level of harmful materials

       

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Low-Emission Panel-Shaped Materials (Construction and Furnishing Panels) for Interior Construction

      Edition 2016 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Can wood be injurious to human health?
      In chipboards and other materials pollutants may dissolve from the binders and get into the indoor air. This may cause mucosal inflammation of eyes and ears as well as irritation of the throat, sickness, headache and breathing problems. Blue Angel-labelled wood-based materials are low in emissions.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low emissions
      2. wood from sustainable forestry
      3. no adverse impact on health in the living environment

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    • Low-Emission Interior Wall Paints

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      “Wall paints are used extensively in interior spaces. That is why it is important that the products have low emissions and are also harmless to health in other ways. The Environmental Label Jury decided on the new criteria for interior wall paints at the December 2018 meeting. The most important change is that interior wall paints awarded the Blue Angel label may no longer contain preservatives with biocidal ingredients. The paint manufacturers must provide analytical proof of this. The information on the containers and/or in the technical information sheet contains further instructions for the protection of consumers, such as “Wear safety glasses if there is a risk of splashing” and “If the base paint or a wall paint is tinted with a pigment paste that does not conform to Blue Angel, the tinted paint no longer meets the criteria of the Blue Angel”. As these new requirements for even safer products require extensive changes in production, the Environmental Label Jury decided in December to extend the currently valid award criteria until 31 December 2020 in compliance with the moratorium of December 2017. This gives manufacturers the opportunity to change the formulation of their interior wall paints to be preservative-free.”

       

       

       

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low emissions
      2. low level of harmful materials

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    • low emission floor-covering adhesives | and other covering materials

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Do adhesives have an impact on human health?
      Fortunately, the days when floor coverings were laid by the use of solvent-containing adhesives are over. Today, we use water-dilutable adhesives which may, however, also cause health problems because solvent-free is not equal to pollutant-free. The adhesive may still contain various non- volatile organic substances. These substances gradually evaporate from the adhesive over a long period of time and make their way through the flooring and, thus, get into the air we breathe or attach themselves to the house dust. This is not the case with Blue Angel-labelled adhesives.

      Benefits to environment and health

      1. low emissions
      2. low in solvents

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    • Elastic Floor Coverings

      Edition 2011 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Improved home quality thanks to environmentally safe floorings?
      Healthy living is a trend and the Blue Angel has a clear focus when assessing the health effects of products used in indoor spaces in particular. Blue Angel-labelled elastic floor coverings, such as, for example, rubber or cork floorings, emit very few pollutants to the indoor air of children’s rooms, bedrooms and other rooms and, thus, do not affect the health of the inhabitants. The floor coverings are best laid by use of adhesives also carrying the Blue Angel eco-label.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low emissions
      2. low pollutant content
      3. no adverse impact on health in the living environment

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      Frau M.Sc. Nicole Markiton

    • Low-Emission Sealants for Interior Use

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Can silicone sealing material be a clean product?

      Silicone and other joint sealing materials are high-performance construction materials protecting, for example, the bathroom from water seepage for many years. This property requires a complex mixture of chemicals, such as plasticizers or anti-mould agents. However, from the perspective of environmental protection and health the pollutant impact of such sealants on indoor areas must be low in order to guarantee the lowest possible emissions from these products.

      Benefits to environment and health

      1. low emissions
      2. low level of harmful materials

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    • Low-Emission Textile Floor Coverings

      Edition 2016 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Better living with environmentally sound floorings?
      Healthy living is a growing trend and the Blue Angel sets a clear focus when assessing the health effects of products for indoor use. Because of their large surface floor coverings have a particularly high potential for affecting the indoor air quality. By awarding the eco-label to textile floor coverings – in addition to resilient floor coverings - the Blue Angel draws the consumer’s attention to a health-compliant alternative in this product sector. The label is awarded to textile floor coverings that outgas particularly small amounts of organic compounds and formaldehyde into the indoor air.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. low emissions and odours
      2. low pollutant content
      3. no adverse impact on health in the living environment

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    • Low-Emission Thermal Insulation Material and Suspended Ceilings for Indoor Use

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Blue Angel-labelled low-emission thermal insulation material and suspended ceilings.

      Thermal insulation material and suspended ceilings are an effective way to save energy and reduce noise in indoor spaces. However, if the products are manufactured from pollutant-containing materials these measures may, in fact, harm the environment. That is why the Blue Angel eco-label may be awarded to those thermal insulation materials and suspended ceilings which beyond the legal provisions have been produced in a low-pollutant manufacturing process and pose no health hazard in indoor spaces. The Basic Award Criteria include requirements for thermal and sound insulation and define limits for emissions from the products.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low emission / low emission and low odour
      2. low pollutant content
      3. no adverse impact on health in indoor spaces

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    • External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2010 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      External thermal insulation composite systems help to protect the climate – but are they environmentally friendly in other respects as well and should they be recommended?
      Exterior wall fires, environmentally hazardous flame retardants, rainwater contamination due to biocides leaching from plasters for external thermal insulation composite systems as well as Styrofoam insulation as future hazardous waste – there are numerous press reports that put these topics in contrast to the climate protection benefits of thermal insulation. However, exterior wall insulation is often the most effective way for the consumer to contribute effectively to climate protection. In the long run, this even saves money. The use of Blue Angel eco-labelled external thermal insulation composite systems helps to minimize possible environmental impacts so that the benefits for climate protection strongly outweigh the negative impacts.

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. low level of harmful materials
      2. environmentally friendly thermal insulation
      3. façades without algacides

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    • External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) (new)

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      External thermal insulation composite systems help to protect the climate – but are they environmentally friendly in other respects as well and should they be recommended?
      Exterior wall fires, environmentally hazardous flame retardants, rainwater contamination due to biocides leaching from plasters for external thermal insulation composite systems as well as Styrofoam insulation as future hazardous waste – there are numerous press reports that put these topics in contrast to the climate protection benefits of thermal insulation. However, exterior wall insulation is often the most effective way for the consumer to contribute effectively to climate protection. In the long run, this even saves money. The use of Blue Angel eco-labelled external thermal insulation composite systems helps to minimize possible environmental impacts so that the benefits for climate protection strongly outweigh the negative impacts. In addition, the Blue Angel attests good optical properties through tested resistance to growth.

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. low level of harmful materials
      2. environmentally friendly thermal insulation
      3. façades without algacides and fungicides

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    • Flooring Underlays

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      What are flooring underlays made of and why should they be low-emission?
      Flooring underlays are products installed under laminate, parquet or carpet floorings. Their purpose is to absorb the impact sound, even out uneven subsurfaces and, by the way, combat cold feet. Flooring underlays are made of different materials, depending on the mode of application: for example, wood, paperboard, cork, rubber or various foam and non-foam plastics.

      The materials are as different as are the respective environmental requirements for award of the Blue Angel. However, all flooring underlays must be low-emission because in order to guarantee a health-oriented floor structure all individual components – from adhesive to cover layer, including sealants – must be low-emission because it is an unpleasant characteristic of pollutants that they can also travel through the floorings.

       

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. low emissions
      2. low pollutant content

       

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      Frau M.Sc. Nicole Markiton

    • Energy-Efficient and Water-Saving Hand-Held and Overhead Shower Heads

      Edition 2011 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Showering in a Climate-Friendly Way
      In Germany, the average amount of water used per person per day for personal hygiene is 44 litres which is approximately one third of the total water use. Since the water used for personal hygiene is usually hot, lower consumption will also result in lower energy consumption as well as in lower climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions. That is why shower heads with a restricted maximum flow rate of 6 to 9 litres per minute independent of the pressure are recommended in particular. They can achieve savings of 40 percent and more compared with customary products!

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. energy efficient
      2. low use of water

       

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    • Low-Emission Floor Coverings, Panels and Doors for Interiors made of Wood and Wood-Based Materials

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Wood for a good indoor climate

      Products made of wood or wood-based materials, such as interior floor coverings, panels and doors, may cause an environmental impact during their production, use and disposal.
      The Blue Angel eco-label considers the whole life cycle of a product and promotes, above all, the use of wood from sustainably managed forests and of low-emission wood-based materials.

      Benefits to the Environment and Health

      1. low emissions and pollutants
      2. wood from sustainable forestry
      3. no adverse impact on health in the living environment

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    • Sanitary tapware

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Efficient use of hot water pays for itself. The most important factor with regard to environmentally friendly sanitary tapware is the ability to save energy by using less hot water. The average German citizen runs around 34 litres of water through kitchen and bathroom tapware per day. Flow-restricted tapware, which allows a maximum flow of 6 litres per minute, can achieve a saving of around 50 per cent compared to conventional tapware, which has an average water flow rate of 12 litres. The Blue Angel is also a guarantee that no unwanted substances or materials are released which could encourage the growth of bacteria.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. energy efficient
      2. low use of water
      3. low noise

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    • Low-Emission Internal Plasters

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Environmentally friendly internal plasters

      Internal plasters are used to cover large surfaces indoors just like wall paints. Therefore, it is important that these products have low emissions and are also not harmful to human health in other ways. The Environmental Label Jury established new criteria for internal plasters at its meeting in December 2018. The most important new requirement is that internal plasters with the Blue Angel are no longer permitted to use preservatives containing biocidal substances. Manufacturers must provide analytical verification of compliance with this requirement. The information that must be stated on the container and the technical data sheet has been supplemented to include a note about consumers wearing protective goggles for their own protection.

      As these new requirements for even safer products require far-reaching changes to the production process, the Environmental Label Jury agreed to extend the validity of the still existing Basic Award Criteria until 31/12/2020. This will give manufacturers the opportunity to change the formulations for their internal plasters over to preservative-free versions.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low emissions
      2. low pollutant content

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    • Concrete products containing recycled aggregates for outdoor flooring

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. conserves resources
      2. low level of harmful materials
      3. environmentally friendly

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      Herr Dr. Sven Ueberlein

    • Mechanical frame fasteners for room doors without the use of building foam (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Avoidance of pollutants and waste: two important factors for a circular economy

      Several million frame fasteners are installed in doors every year in Germany alone. The Blue Angel for mechanical frame fasteners for room doors is awarded to products that are installed without the use of fitting foam and which can be easily removed and recycled separately when they are no longer required. This reduces any possible pollutant emissions e.g. from flame retardants in the fitting foam. The ability to remove and recycle the mechanical door frame fasteners at the end of their period of use also reduces waste. The environmental label thus promotes the concept of a circular economy.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. can be recycled by type
      2. reusable
      3. low level of harmful materials

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Solar Collectors

      Edition 2009 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Heat the house and take a shower using the power of the sun!
      Solar power is infinitely available. As a CO2-free energy source it is combined with the traditional heating system in order to conserve the resources of fossil fuels, such as natural gas and oil, worldwide. Solar collectors are the integral components of a thermal solar plant. Home solar power systems are used to heat the water of the heating system and/or the drinking water. The Blue Angel eco-label is awarded to energy-efficient tube collectors and flat-plate collectors.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. energy efficient
      2. renewable energy

       

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    • Wood pellet stoves (suspendet!)

      Edition 2016 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      What are wood pellets?
      Wood pellet fuel is a biomass fuel with a neutral impact on the climate. Wood pellets are made from pressed sawdust and shavings. They do not contain any chemical binders and they have a high energy density. The energy of two kilograms of wood pellets is roughly equal to that of one litre of fuel oil. Wood pellets achieve high combustion efficiency and low emissions. Wood Pellet Stoves (DE-UZ 111) and Wood Pellet Boilers (DE-UZ 112) feature much lower carbon-monoxide and dust concentrations than other solid-fuel heating systems. The Survey on Wood Pellet Heating Systems (Source: UBA III 1.3) lists the Blue Angel requirements.

      Attention! Suspended after jury decision as of 01.07.2021.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. energy efficient
      2. uses renewable raw materials
      3. low emissions

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Wood pellet boilers and wood chips boilers (suspendet!)

      Edition 2016 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      What are wood pellets?
      Wood pellet fuel is a biomass fuel with a neutral impact on the climate. Wood pellets are made from pressed sawdust and shavings. They do not contain any chemical binders and they have a high energy density. The energy of two kilograms of wood pellets is roughly equal to that of one litre of fuel oil. Wood pellets achieve high combustion efficiency and low emissions. Wood Pellet Boilers (DE-UZ 112) and Wood Pellet Stoves (DE-UZ 111)  feature much lower carbon-monoxide and dust concentrations than other solid-fuel heating systems. The Survey on Wood Pellet Heating Systems (Source: UBA III 1.3) lists the Blue Angel requirements.

      Attention! Suspended after jury decision as of 01.07.2021.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. energy efficient
      2. uses renewable raw materials
      3. low emissions

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Household Energy Meters

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Find the Power Hogs in Your Home
      Unnecessary standby power consumption of household appliances can add up to 400 kWh per year and household. This has a negative impact not only on the environment but also on the purse. Good energy meters help to identify secret electricity-gobbling appliances. The devices should provide power consumption data that are as accurate as possible and they should be safe. If so, consumer will be able to take additional power-saving measures, such as, for example, the use of switchable power strips or the replacement of heavy power consuming appliances by more efficient ones.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. energy efficient
      2. low level of harmful materials
      3. high measuring accuracy

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    • Technically Dried Wood Chips / Wood Pellets

      Edition 2011 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Blue Angel Eco-Label for Technically Dried Wood Chips and Wood Pellets
      Technical drying greatly improves the calorific value of the fuels and reduces the dust loads during combustion. The heat required for drying must be supplied either from renewable energy sources or from industrial waste heat and efficiently used. The particulate matter emissions occurring during manufacture must comply with strict limits. Only wood from sustainably managed forests and chemically untreated wood residues may be used for the production of wood chips and wood pellets. In order to compare origins of wood involving long-distance transportation and their impact on the environment with regional origins of wood the transportation expenses for the supply of wood raw materials need to be recorded. Moreover, the strict product quality standards offer the user an efficient and low-emission combustion of the wood fuels.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. energy efficient
      2. sustainable forestry
      3. quality-controlled fuel

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    • Energy Services provided under guaranteed Energy Savings Contracts

      Edition 2012 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. energy management system
      2. proven energy savings

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    • Climate-Friendly Grocery Stores in the Food Retail Sector

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Shopping in climate-friendly food retail stores
      The food retail sector is responsible for approx. 1% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Germany and for around 3% of the total energy consumption in Germany. The refrigeration systems for cooling food account for the largest proportion of the total energy consumption at almost 40 %, as well as for the largest share of the indirect greenhouse gas emissions from grocery stores in the food retail sector. Around 30 % of the total energy consumption is used for heating, around 20 % for lighting and 8 % for air conditioning. In all of these areas, there is significant potential for making savings in terms of energy consumption and thus reducing the green house emissions.
      In addition, refrigeration systems can contain halogenated organic compounds as refrigerants and in their insulation materials. As a result of the use of natural refrigerants that have no ozone depletion potential and no or little global-warming potential in combination with the energy-efficient operation of the refrigeration systems, a significant proportion of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by refrigeration systems in the food retail sector can be saved. Other emissions savings are possible through good thermal insulation in the building, energy-efficient lighting, ventilation and the use of more energy-efficient electrical equipment.
      Those grocery stores in the food retail sector issued with the Blue Angel ecolabel will be operated in a particularly energy-efficient way and use climate-friendly natural refrigerants.
      Die mit dem Blauen Engel ausgezeichneten Verkaufsmärkte des Lebensmitteleinzelhandels werden besonders energieeffizient betrieben und verwenden klimafreundliche natürliche Kältemittel.

      Benefits to the Environment and Health:

      1. energy efficient operation
      2. climate friendly natural refrigerants
      3. use of electricity from renewable energies

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    • Stationary air conditioners

      Edition 2016 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Stationary air conditioners
      Air conditioners are designed to control the thermal comfort of living and working rooms and are especially used in those countries that regularly experience high outdoor temperatures. Yet an increased use of air conditioners in Germany, in parallel to more frequent hot spells, is also expected. If it is not possible to avoid the use of air conditioners with the aid of construction measures, environmentally friendly and energy efficient air conditioners could enable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, above all due to the use of natural refrigerants and increasing the efficiency of the devices. In addition, the requirements set by the environmental label should ensure that suppliers of air conditioners provide services of a higher professional quality.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. energy efficient
      2. climate friendly natural refrigerants
      3. low noise

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    • Stoves for wood

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      The Blue Angel for stoves aims to encourage innovation in the sector and promote new developments in the design of stoves for the improvement of air quality. This will be achieved using equipment to lower emissions for an efficient and controlled combustion process with a significant reduction in the emission of particulate matter and other flue gases in comparison to conventional stoves. This includes:

      • Separating technologies for reducing air pollutants that are harmful to human health, especially particulate matter and fine particles
      • Automatic air regulation that largely avoids any user influence and incorrect use

      To be certified with the Blue Angel, the stoves are subjected to an expanded test process that better reflects the real emissions from burning wood in the stove than is the case in the current type testing process. On this basis, stricter limits for pollutant emissions including the mass of the particulate matter have been defined. Heating appliances holding the Blue Angel must comply with a particle mass concentration limit of 15 mg/m3. The statutory limit according to the 1st BImSchV is 40 mg/m3. This reduction will be achieved above all through the use of a particle separator.

      A large number of ultra-fine particles (smaller than 0.1 µm) are generated when burning wood that are considered to have a particularly negative impact on human health. No special and obligatory emission limits for these ultra-fine particles have existed up to now; the ultra-fine particles are currently included in the total amount of particulate matter. It would be better, however, to determine the number of ultra-fine particles. Therefore, the Blue Angel for stoves is for the first time calling for the introduction of a particle count limit for wood-burning stoves in order to protect human health. A measurement method has been developed for this purpose that is based on experience gained in combustion motors in the automotive sector and which has been specially adapted for the combustion of wood. A limit for the particle count concentration of 5.000.000/cm³ has been proposed on this basis and will be obligatory from 2022. The measurement method for determining the particle count will be validated during the transition period and tested in round robin tests.

      Heating with wood causes significantly more air pollutant emissions than other energy sources such as heating oil or natural gas. It can result, therefore, in higher levels of particulate matter in the air in residential areas – especially if a lot of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces are operated at the same time in combination with weather conditions causing inversion. Therefore, cities and municipalities are introducing regional bans on conventional stoves (ban on the use of these stoves in pure air zones, ban on installing these devices in new housing developments) with exceptions for those appliances holding the Blue Angel.

      It is important to note here that the use of stoves without the environmental label will still be permitted because there have currently been no changes for users outside of those zones where the burning of solid fuels is prohibited.

      Benefits to the environment and health

      1. reduction of particulate matter
      2. user-friendliness

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Graphic paper and cardboard made from 100% waste paper (recycled paper and cardboard)

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Environmentally friendly recycled paper

      In comparison with graphic paper and cardboard produced from fresh fibres, graphic paper and cardboard made from recovered paper saves resources such as forest ecosystems.  It also significantly reduces waste water pollution and the consumption of water and energy. Recycled paper that has been awarded the Blue Angel environmental label is guaranteed to be made from 100% recovered paper. The use of chlorine, halogenated bleaching agents and not readily biodegradable complexing agents is also prohibited during the production process.

      The products covered by DE-UZ 14a include office paper (copying and multifunctional paper), writing paper and printing and publication papers. These recycled papers meet the highest standards with respect to their fitness for use (DIN EN 12281) and the durability of the paper (ISO 20404). If handled and stored with care, these products are resistant to ageing over many hundreds of years. The papers are also suitable for the production of high-quality printed matter in accordance with DE-UZ 195, such as books, newspapers, magazines and brochures.  In the case of office paper used for laser printing, the VOC (volatile organic substances) emissions are also restricted.

      Here, you will also find other recycled paper that is used to produce finished products e.g. for office and school supplies.  Products for office and school supplies (such as exercise books, office calendars, pads, envelopes, colouring books and gift paper) come under the scope of DE-UZ 14b.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. made from 100% waste paper
      2. saves energy, water and wood
      3. low level of harmful materials

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    • Recycled Paper (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      In contrast to the production process for paper made out of fresh fibres, producing paper from recovered paper not only saves resources but also generates less waste water and uses less water and energy. Recycled paper that has been awarded the Blue Angel environmental label is guaranteed to be made from 100% recovered paper. The use of chlorine, optical brighteners and halogenated bleaching agents is also prohibited during the production process.

      The products covered by DE-UZ 14a include copy and multifunctional paper and printing and publication papers. These recycled papers meet the highest standards with respect to their fitness for use (DIN EN 12281) and resistance to ageing (DIN standard 6738, LDK 24-85). If handled and stored with care, these products are resistant to ageing over many hundreds of years and are also suitable for the production of high-quality printed matter according to DE-UZ 195. In the case of copy and multifunctional paper used for laser printing, the VOC (volatile organic substances) emissions are also restricted.

      Here, you will also find other recycled paper that is used to produce finished products for office and school supplies, such as writing paper. Products for office and school supplies (such as exercise books, pads, envelopes, colouring books and gift paper) come under the scope of DE-UZ 14b.

      Finally, you will also find stronger recycled paper here that is used to produce finished products such as compostable paper bags and paper carrier bags, as well as the products themselves.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low use of energy and water in the manufacturing process
      2. made from 100% waste paper
      3. particularly low level of harmful materials

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    • Finished products made from recovered paper and cardboard

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      In contrast to the production process for paper made out of fresh fibres, producing paper from recovered paper not only saves resources but also generates less waste water and uses less water and energy. Finished products made from recycled paper that has been awarded the Blue Angel environmental label are guaranteed to be made from 100% recovered paper. The use of chlorine, optical brighteners and halogenated bleaching agents is also prohibited during the production process. In addition, other materials such as plastic, metal, etc. are only permitted to account for a maximum of 5% of the total mass of the product.

       If you are looking for copy and multifunctional paper made from 100% recovered paper, you will find it under the scope of DE-UZ 14a.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. made from 100% waste paper
      2. saves energy, water and wood
      3. low level of harmful materials

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    • Recycled Cardboard

      Edition 2014 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      In a comparison of their impact on ecological systems, those cardboard products made from recovered paper perform significantly better in terms of their use of resources, waste water load and water and energy consumption than cardboard products made from virgin fibres that use wood as a source of fibrous raw materials – when the products have comparable performance characteristics. Recycled cardboard that has been awarded the Blue Angel environmental label is guaranteed to contain paper fibres that have been made from 100% recovered paper. The use of chlorine, optical brighteners and halogenated bleaching agents is also prohibited during the production process. Other materials such as plastic or metal are only permitted to account for a maximum of 5% of the total mass of the product.

      This product group includes finished products made out of recycled cardboard such as folders, loose-leaf binders and suspension files. In addition, recycled cardboard made out of 100% recovered paper is also processed further to make finished products.

      Finished products made from recycled paper for office and school supplies come under the scope of DE UZ 14b.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low use of energy and water in the manufacturing process
      2. made from 100% waste paper
      3. particularly low level of harmful materials

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    • Printing and Publication Paper made primarily from Waste Paper

      Edition 2020 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      In contrast to the production process for paper made out of fresh fibres, producing paper from recovered paper not only saves resources but also generates less waste water and uses less water and energy. Printed matter that has been awarded the Blue Angel environmental label and which contains a percentage of fresh fibres is guaranteed to only contain those fresh fibres sourced from sustainably managed forests and forestry companies with high ecological standards. It is not permitted to use timber from forests that are particularly worthy of protection e.g. tropical or boreal forests.

      At least 80% of the fibres used to produce the printing and publication papers primarily made from recovered paper listed here must be recycled. The addition of fresh fibres is sometimes necessary for paper used for quick printing processes because the high-speed printing presses require thin paper that has a very high resistance to tearing. Therefore, no test for the resistance to ageing is required for short-lived products such as paper used for newspapers.

      Printing and publication papers made out of 100% recovered paper within the scope of DE-UZ 14a are available for durable and high-quality printed matter such as brochures and books. The papers listed there are also tested for their resistance to ageing and also include papers with heavier weights.

      The production of printed matter is now also included within the scope of DE-UZ 195. Therefore, you will also find those printing companies listed there who print products in accordance with the Blue Angel standard.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. primarily made from waste paper
      2. save energy, water and wood
      3. low level of harmful materials

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    • Printed matters (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Printed matter such as newspapers, magazines, books, catalogues, prospectuses, advertising inserts, brochures, flyers, calendars, operating instructions, posters and billboards are widely disseminated. Energy and resources such as paper and ink are required for their production. The printing process and the cleaning of the machines can lead to the emission of volatile organic solvents that contribute to the production of ozone and "summer smog".  In a comparison of their impact on ecological systems, those paper products made out of recovered paper perform significantly better in terms of their use of resources, waste water load and water and energy consumption than paper products made predominantly from virgin fibres. Therefore, the use of paper with a high proportion of recovered paper contributes to the preservation of resources, especially ecosystems such as forests, and to a reduction in waste during the manufacture of printed matter. In addition, the printed matter should allow for the recycling of its paper fibres through the use of suitable inks, varnishes and adhesives. Optimising procedures during the printing process can also reduce energy usage, waste paper and air and water emissions. Printed matter that has been awarded the Blue Angel environmental label thus represents an environmentally-friendly alternative to standard printed matter available on the market.

      Are you looking for the right printing company for your printed matter? Then simply click on the category “Printing companies” lower down on the right-hand side. You will find all of the certified printing companies there. Alternatively, open the XLS file (Excel list) you will find there or the PDF file located on the right-hand side of the website. These files also provide you with a summary of all the printing companies and the printed matter that they produce.

      Printing and publication papers and cardboard made out of 100% recovered paper that come under the scope of DE-UZ 14a and DE-UZ 56 should always be used wherever possible. This is especially true for durable and high-quality printed matter such as brochures or books.

      Printing and publication papers primarily made from recovered paper (e.g. for high-speed newspaper printing presses) come under the scope of DE-UZ 72.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. resource-conserving and environmentally friendly manufactoring process
      2. low emission printing
      3. mainly / made from 100% recovered paper

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      Frau M.Sc. Antonia Pott

    • Printed matters (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2015 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Printed matter such as newspapers, magazines, books, catalogues, prospectuses, advertising inserts, brochures, flyers, calendars, operating instructions, posters and billboards are widely disseminated. Energy and resources such as paper and ink are required for their production. The printing process and the cleaning of the machines can lead to the emission of volatile organic solvents that contribute to the production of ozone and "summer smog".  In a comparison of their impact on ecological systems, those paper products made out of recovered paper perform significantly better in terms of their use of resources, waste water load and water and energy consumption than paper products made predominantly from virgin fibres. Therefore, the use of paper with a high proportion of recovered paper contributes to the preservation of resources, especially ecosystems such as forests, and to a reduction in waste during the manufacture of printed matter. In addition, the printed matter should allow for the recycling of its paper fibres through the use of suitable inks, varnishes and adhesives. Optimising procedures during the printing process can also reduce energy usage, waste paper and air and water emissions. Printed matter that has been awarded the Blue Angel environmental label thus represents an environmentally-friendly alternative to standard printed matter available on the market.

      Are you looking for the right printing company for your printed matter? Then simply click on the category “Printing companies” lower down on the right-hand side. You will find all of the certified printing companies there. Alternatively, open the XLS file (Excel list) you will find there or the PDF file located on the right-hand side of the website. These files also provide you with a summary of all the printing companies and the printed matter that they produce.

      Printing and publication papers and cardboard made out of 100% recovered paper that come under the scope of DE-UZ 14a and DE-UZ 56 should always be used wherever possible. This is especially true for durable and high-quality printed matter such as brochures or books.

      Printing and publication papers primarily made from recovered paper (e.g. for high-speed newspaper printing presses) come under the scope of DE-UZ 72.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. resource-conserving and environmentally friendly manufactoring process
      2. low emission printing
      3. primarily made from waste paper

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      Frau Dr. Andrea Rimkus

    • Artists' Colours

      Edition 2016 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Artists’ colours are used not only in school and extracurricular art classes but also for decorative and creative hobby painting. In 2013, some 7000 tons of artists’ colours were sold on the German market.
      These colours are complex mixtures of substances. They can contain ingredients with hazardous properties so that colours intended for use by children fall under the protection requirements of the European Toy Safety Directive.
      The Blue Angel sets out requirements for the ingredients, quality, packaging and refillability of the colours. The substance requirements for the artists’ colours include - among others - the exclusion of azo dyes, fragrances and flavouring substances, VOC solvents and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
      Moreover, the relevant requirements will be reviewed every year. From the perspective of environmental protection, artists’ colours should be made available in refillable containers in the most demand-responsive way possible, thus helping to reduce waste.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low level of harmful materials
      2. reduces waste

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    • Writing Utensils and Stamps

      Edition 2016 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Even in our digital age, everyday life at home, at school or at the office cannot be imagined without pens, pencils and other writing instruments. In 2011, a total of over 500 million pencils, 400 million pens and 550 million felt pens were produced in Germany alone. These instruments are counted among those everyday products that are manufactured in large quantities but have a rather short service life and therefore should be designed in the most resource-efficient way possible. Hence, the Blue Angel criteria require the use of resource-conserving materials, environmentally friendly packaging and the avoidance of hazardous ingredients. Another goal is to extend the life cycle of the products, for example, by means of refill systems.

      Material selection contributes in a significant way to the conservation of resources. One way to conserve resources is the use of recycled paper, board or plastic materials. Here, preference should be given to recycled material from so-called post-consumer waste from private households, agriculture, trade and industry. Such post-consumer waste constitutes by far the greatest proportion of all waste. So far, however, only a small percentage of this material is recycled according to the type of material. Since, from the ecological point of view, high-quality recycling according to the type of material is usually superior to all other forms of recycling the demand for the corresponding post-consumer recycling materials should be supported. Another way of conserving resources is the use of materials based on renewable raw materials, such as wood or bioplastics. In order to make sure that the renewable raw materials used can make a contribution towards sustainable development these materials must come from certified sources.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. ressource-conserving and environmentally friendly manufactoring process
      2. long lifespan
      3. low level of harmful materials

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      Frau M.Sc. Antonia Pott

    • Construction machinery

      Edition 2015 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Construction sites are getting quieter
      The noise from construction sites is often found to be very loud and annoying. For protection of workers and residents construction sites should use low-noise construction machinery. Hence, the Blue Angel sets maximum permissible sound power levels for mobile outdoor equipment and machinery to allow a low-noise running of construction-sites.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. low noise
      2. low emissions

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Municipal Vehicles

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Municipal vehicles UZ59a

      Pollutants and noise emissions caused by municipal vehicles need to be reduced, especially in conurbations, city centres and areas worthy of protection.

      The operating noise can be very disruptive in residential areas and quiet areas. In order to protect residents, it is important for municipalities to operate low-noise vehicles. Except for the obligation to label the noise emission levels, there are currently no legal requirements for the reduction of noise on municipal vehicles. Therefore, the Blue Angel will set limits for the permissible sound pressure levels for street sweepers and refuse collection vehicles.

      To reduce air pollutants, there are strict requirements for exhaust and particulate emissions. The requirements conform to the legal regulations for reducing exhaust emissions and require the use of highly effective systems for exhaust gas treatment.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. noise-reduced

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    • Buses

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Note about this criteria: There is an older edition of this Basic Award Criteria.

      The aim is to reduce pollutant emissions and noise annoyances caused by buses, especially in metropolitan, inner-city and special protection areas.

      Municipalities using low-noise buses make an important contribution to health protection

      That is why the noise of a moving vehicle must comply with the legal noise limits. These limits will be further reduced from 2020.

      Stringent exhaust and particulate emission limits must be met to reduce air pollutants The requirements correspond to the legal standards for exhaust emission reduction and require the use of high-efficiency exhaust after-treatment systems.

      Electric buses and buses with hybrid drive must meet quality and safety requirements for the rechargeable traction battery to be awarded the Blue Angel eco-label. Replaceability and long-term availability of the batteries and accumulators used in the buses must be guaranteed.

      The use of halogen-free refrigerants for the air-conditioning of the buses is expected to be required from 2020.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. noise-reduced
      2. long-life battery and availability of replacement batteries
      3. low-emission vehicle surface coating

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Car Sharing

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      I don’t need to buy a car!

      Car sharing offers significant potential for reducing the impact that traffic has on the environment and enables people to use a car without having to possess a vehicle of their own. Integrating car sharing into an environmental transport network consisting of public transport, cycling and walking is ideal for guaranteeing needs-based interconnected mobility services. Especially in cities and conurbations, the use of these services eases the burden on the public traffic system and reduces traffic-related air pollution.

      The technical criteria for the car sharing fleets are designed to reduce air pollution that is harmful to health. Limit values for NOx and particulate emissions are imposed, which have to be complied with by newly purchased vehicles. This ensures the gradual modernisation of car sharing fleets because old diesel vehicles are systematically replaced by low-emission vehicles. In order to promote electromobility, a quota has been set for the integration of electric vehicles into the fleet owned by the car sharing operator.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. eco-friendly mobility service
      2. low-emission vehicle fleets
      • There is an older edition of this Basic Award Criteria.

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    • Eco-Friendly Ship Design (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Eco-friendly ship design - Implementation of environmental standards already during the construction of the ship. 
      The aim of the Blue Angel eco-label is to implement as many environmental innovations as possible for reducing releases into the marine environment already during the planning phase for a sea-going ship. The requirements range from the installation of an emergency towing system to measures for air pollutant reduction and fuel tank protection (double hull). Also included are demanding requirements for onboard waste and wastewater treatment.
      The scope comprises merchant ships, research and authority ships. Excluded are, among others, fishing and naval ships as well as sport boats.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. environmentally friendly ship design 

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    • Eco-Friendly Ship Design (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Eco-friendly ship design - Implementation of environmental standards already during the construction of the ship.
      The aim of the Blue Angel eco-label is to implement as many environmental innovations as possible for reducing releases into the marine environment already during the planning phase for a sea-going ship. The requirements range from the installation of an emergency towing system to measures for air pollutant reduction and fuel tank protection (double hull). Also included are demanding requirements for onboard waste and wastewater treatment.
      The scope comprises merchant ships, research and authority ships. Excluded are, among others, fishing and naval ships as well as sport boats.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. environmentally friendly ship design 

       

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    • Replacement Catalytic Converters

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Catalytic converters are used to reduce harmful exhaust emissions from combustion engines in motor vehicles.
      These catalytic converters need to be replaced in the event of a defect. The Blue Angel Environmental Label can be issued to these replacement catalytic converters (Rep-Cat) if the products guarantee sufficiently low emissions and remain fully functional in the long term. Therefore, Rep-Cats are subjected to an artificial ageing process and then tested again. In addition, there is a determination of the precious metals content.
      Due to varying quality in the production process, regular monitoring of the products in the form of yearly follow-up tests is prescribed within the award process for the Blue Angel Environmental Label.
      Synthetic mineral fibres (also known as Man Made Mineral Fibres) with biopersistent characteristics can be used in the production of support mats for catalytic converters. Therefore, criteria are prescribed for the reduction of negative effects on health.

       

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. permanent reduction in emissions
      2. annual follow-up tests
      3. no use of mineral fibres harmful to health

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      Herr Dr. Buttner Peter

    • Electric Cycles

      Edition 2015 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      The Basic Award Criteria are valid for electric cycles with power assistance (in the form of an electric motor) that achieve speeds of up to 25 km/h. These pedelec 25s have the same legal status as normal cycles; they can be carried on public transport and represent a sensible addition to other environmentally friendly modes of transport. Especially in the case of short distances, car journeys can be substituted by means of electric cycles to relieve the burden on the environment and on the volume of traffic.
      Electric cycles that are issued with the Blue Angel ecolabel should provide guidance to consumers when they are selecting environmentally friendly, durable and also safe electric cycles on the market. For the first time, requirements will be placed here on rechargeable batteries and charging devices, which have not previously been subject to statutory regulations. In particular, these requirements focus on the quality and lifespan of the rechargeable batteries as well as on the availability of replacement batteries. This is because without the additional equipment, the useful life of the electric cycle is reduced to the lifespan of a rechargeable battery, and the pedelec would no longer be fit to ride after 4-5 years.

      Benefits to the environment

      1. high battery quality and long lifespan
      2. long-term availability of replacement batteries
      3. safety tested

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    • Returnable Bottles and Glasses

      Edition 2011 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Deposit and reuse: the perfect duo for environmental protection
      Single-use or returnable – meanwhile deposit has to be paid on both and the difference can hardly be noticed by the consumer. Here, the Blue Angel for reusable packagings is the perfect guide because - considering their overall environmental impact - reusable packagings are advantageous over non-returnable packagings. By indicating the name of the regional producer or the place of filling consumers can additionally select products with short distances of transportation. Thus, returnable packagings contribute to waste reduction and sustainable consumption.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. information on the regional filling location
      2. returnable

       

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    • Salt-free Abrasives (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Winter abrasive that minimises the slip hazard and protects the environment
      In winter, property owners must fulfil their obligation to grit pavements and driveways. Most city and municipality codes prohibit the use of thawing agents, such as de-icing salt. An environmentally friendly and save alternative would be clearing the surface and gritting with salt-free Blue Angel-labelled abrasives. These products not only make slippery paths blunt and safe, they also protect roadside trees and shrubs.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. salt-free
      2. protects the soil, water and plants

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      Herr Dr. Sven Ueberlein

    • Salt-free Abrasives (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2005 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Winter abrasive that minimises the slip hazard and protects the environment
      In winter, property owners must fulfil their obligation to grit pavements and driveways. Most city and municipality codes prohibit the use of thawing agents, such as de-icing salt. An environmentally friendly and save alternative would be clearing the surface and gritting with salt-free Blue Angel-labelled abrasives. These products not only make slippery paths blunt and safe, they also protect roadside trees and shrubs.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. salt-free
      2. protects the soil, water and plants

       

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      Herr Dr. Sven Ueberlein

    • Compostable Plant Containers and other Moulded Parts

      Edition 2008 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Pure Nature
      This Blue Angel eco-label supports the use of plant pots and other moulded parts for gardening purposes which are made of 100 percent biodegradable materials. As a result, plant pots can stay on the plant as a whole and other moulded parts may be directly sent to composting.

      Benefits to the Environment:

      1. exclusively contains compostable materials
      2. 100% biodegradable

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      Herr Dr. Sven Ueberlein

    • Low-noise Waste-Glass Containers for Noise-Sensitive Areas

      Edition 2011 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Sound-proof glass collection containers!
      There are waste-glass containers everywhere in our communities. Persons who drop bottles and glass containers as well as the immediate neighbourhood are exposed to annoying noise pollution. That is all over now! Glass can be dropped almost without a sound. Special insulating materials and an optimised dropping slot help to reduce the noise. The manufacturers are to give a two-year warranty on this noise reduction. These glass-collection containers find growing acceptance, especially in noise-sensitive areas within cities and communities.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. low noise

       

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Returnable Transportation Packagings

      Edition 2011 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Returnable packagings for goods transportation
      Returnable packagings significantly contribute to waste reduction and therefore have great priority. Returnable transportation packagings are of great interest not only to the consumer but also in business management. They not only contribute to waste reduction but also to resource protection and they often also do better from the financial point of view.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. returnable transportation system

       

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Products made from Recycled Plastics

      Edition 2019 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Recycled plastic - a plastic with a past and a future

      Plastic is a valuable material since it is made from one of our most valuable resources: oil. Therefore, recycling of plastics helps to conserve this raw material and to reduce the piles of waste. Every day, we buy and use products which have been manufactured from recycled plastics: What had been a yoghurt cup yesterday may very well be a practical carrier bag or a strong garbage bag today.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. At least 80 % recycled plastic respectively foil at least 80% recycled plastic
      2. Limitation of pollutants

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    • Thermal Processes to ControlLigniperdous Insects

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Ligniperdous insects such as deathwatch beetles can be killed by exposure to heat. Thermal processes are thus an effective alternative to chemical pest control processes and contribute to a reduction in exposure to insecticides for people and the environment.

      Benefits to the environment

      1. non-toxic substances

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Thermal Processes for Indoor Pest Control

      Edition 2017 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Articulate animals that are parasitic, harmful to health and damaging to stock in indoor spaces (e.g. bedbugs, moths, beetles and wood-destroying insects) can be killed through exposure to heat. Thermal processes are thus an effective alternative to chemical pest control processes and contribute to a reduction in expose to biocides for people and the environment. In addition, these processes can also kill pests resistant to insecticides and prevent the further development of this resistance.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. non-toxic substances
      2. proven effectiveness

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Lead-free products

      Edition 2006 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Lead-free fishing!
      The heavy metal lead and its compounds are among the most hazardous environmental toxins. Anglers still use lead sinkers. Here, the angler can do something positive for the environment and buy lead-free sinkers! Also, the wide use of lead seals for pincer locks contribute to an uncontrolled release of lead into the environment. Low-pollutant environmentally sound alternatives to sinkers and pincer locks are available in the market helping to reduce the heavy-metal burden on the environment.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. lead-free

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    • Fabric Towel Rolls Supplied in Towel Dispensers (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      A roll full of advantages 
      You find them in the toilets of restaurants, cinemas and public institutions: Following a hand drying process cloth towel rolls roll on to offer the next guest a clean and dry piece of towel to wipe his or her hands dry. In addition to minimizing the volume of waste there are several other reasons to use cloth towel rolls carrying the Blue Angel eco-label: They offer a very long service life (80 to 100 cycles) and good hygienic properties. Apart from that, great demands are placed on the laundry’s cleaning processes. Award of the Blue Angel to cloth towels rolls guarantees that the entire cleaning and post-treatment process is done without any washing product containing biocidal agents.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. reduces waste
      2. low water pollution

       

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Fabric Towel Rolls Supplied in Towel Dispensers (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2008 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      A roll full of advantages
      You find them in the toilets of restaurants, cinemas and public institutions: Following a hand drying process cloth towel rolls roll on to offer the next guest a clean and dry piece of towel to wipe his or her hands dry. In addition to minimizing the volume of waste there are several other reasons to use cloth towel rolls carrying the Blue Angel eco-label: They offer a very long service life (80 to 100 cycles) and good hygienic properties. Apart from that, great demands are placed on the laundry’s cleaning processes. Award of the Blue Angel to cloth towels rolls guarantees that the entire cleaning and post-treatment process is done without any washing product containing biocidal agents.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. reduces waste
      2. low water pollution

       

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Sanitary Additives Compatible with Wastewater Treatment Plants (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      The Blue Angel brings fresh air to the loo
      Mobile toilets are increasingly used in camping vehicles and sport boats, but also at construction sites, highway restrooms, big events, on coaches, planes, trains and passenger ships. This often involves the use of environmentally harmful biocidal sanitary additives to reduce odour nuisance and gas formation in toilets. Blue Angel-labelled sanitary additives are an alternative that is compatible with wastewater treatment plants. They must meet stringent requirements with respect to the ingredients to make sure they not have any negative impacts on wastewater treatment plants.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low level of harmful materials
      2. compatible with wastewater treatment plants

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      e-mail: umweltzeichen@ral.de

      We are happy to pass on technical questions to the responsible staff member:

      Frau M.Sc. Antonia Pott

    • Sanitary Additives Compatible with Wastewater Treatment Plants (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      The Blue Angel brings fresh air to the loo
      Mobile toilets are increasingly used in camping vehicles and sport boats, but also at construction sites, highway restrooms, big events, on coaches, planes, trains and passenger ships. This often involves the use of environmentally harmful biocidal sanitary additives to reduce odour nuisance and gas formation in toilets. Blue Angel-labelled sanitary additives are an alternative that is compatible with wastewater treatment plants. They must meet stringent requirements with respect to the ingredients to make sure they not have any negative impacts on wastewater treatment plants.

      Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. low level of harmful materials
      2. compatible with wastewater treatment plants

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      Environmental Label RAL gGmbH
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      e-mail: umweltzeichen@ral.de

      We are happy to pass on technical questions to the responsible staff member:

      Frau M.Sc. Antonia Pott

    • Flushing-Water Additives Compatible with Wastewater Treatment Plants (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      The Blue Angel brings fresh air to the loo
      Mobile toilets for the private user can be found in campers, sport boats and gardens. Flushing water additives are used to reduce odour nuisance and gas formation in toilets. They must meet stringent requirements with respect to the ingredients and they may not have any negative impacts on sewage treatment plants.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. low level of harmful materials
      2. compatible with wastewater treatment plants

      Do you have any questions? We will be pleased to help you:

      Environmental Label RAL gGmbH
      Tel.: +49 (0)228 68895-190
      e-mail: umweltzeichen@ral.de

      We are happy to pass on technical questions to the responsible staff member:

      Frau M.Sc. Antonia Pott

    • Flushing-Water Additives Compatible with Wastewater Treatment Plants (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      The Blue Angel brings fresh air to the loo
      Mobile toilets for the private user can be found in campers, sport boats and gardens. Flushing water additives are used to reduce odour nuisance and gas formation in toilets. They must meet stringent requirements with respect to the ingredients and they may not have any negative impacts on sewage treatment plants.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. low level of harmful materials
      2. compatible with wastewater treatment plants

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      Environmental Label RAL gGmbH
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      e-mail: umweltzeichen@ral.de

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      Frau M.Sc. Antonia Pott

    • Low-Energy Hand Driers

      Edition 2014 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Air for environmental protection

      Drying the hands using a air fan is not only practical and hygienic but also good for the environment. Unlike the use of paper towels the use of a hot air drier does not generate any waste. Appliances equipped with no-touch on and off sensors only use as much energy as is needed to dry the hands.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. low energy consumption

       

       

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

    • Movement Area De-icers for Airfields (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Environmental protection around airports
      In winter, snowfall and icy conditions at airports require the use of movement area de-icers to improve the grip of runways, taxiways etc. The eco-label for movement area de-icers allows the user to select those products which distinguish themselves, among other things, by an easy biodegradability as well as by the lowest possible discharge of pollutants into the sewer system. Thus, they help to reduce the negative impacts on soil, groundwater and sewage treatment plants.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. easily biodegradable

       

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      Frau M.Sc. Antonia Pott

    • Movement Area De-icers for Airfields (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2025

      Environmental protection around airports
      In winter, snowfall and icy conditions at airports require the use of movement area de-icers to improve the grip of runways, taxiways etc. The eco-label for movement area de-icers allows the user to select those products which distinguish themselves, among other things, by an easy biodegradability as well as by the lowest possible discharge of pollutants into the sewer system. Thus, they help to reduce the negative impacts on soil, groundwater and sewage treatment plants.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. easily biodegradable

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      Frau M.Sc. Antonia Pott

    • Wet Cleaning Services (until 12/2021)

      Edition 2005 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Environmentally friendly alternative to dry cleaning!
      The environmental label is awarded to service providers offering professional cleaning of textile and leather outerwear as well as home textiles. When having a suit or dress cleaned it is recommended to do without dry cleaning. Wet cleaning uses the environmentally friendly solvent water. Another environmentally friendly solvent used in the cleaning process is carbon dioxide (see DE-UZ 126 with respect to CO2 cleaning services). Hence, both cleaning processes do not emit any pollutants into the air and into the wastewater - and yet, the textiles get clean.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. low emissions
      2. alternative to chemical cleaning
      3. wet cleaned

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Wet Cleaning Services (new)

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Environmentally friendly alternative to dry cleaning!
      The environmental label is awarded to service providers offering professional cleaning of textile and leather outerwear as well as home textiles. When having a suit or dress cleaned it is recommended to do without dry cleaning. Wet cleaning uses the environmentally friendly solvent water. Another environmentally friendly solvent used in the cleaning process is carbon dioxide (see DE-UZ 126 with respect to CO2 cleaning services). Hence, both cleaning processes do not emit any pollutants into the air and into the wastewater - and yet, the textiles get clean.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. low emissions
      2. alternative to chemical cleaning
      3. wet cleaned

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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Carbon Dioxide Cleaning Services

      Edition 2006 | Valid until 31.12.2021

      Environmentally friendly alternative to dry cleaning!
      This environmental label is awarded to service providers offering professional cleaning of textile and leather outerwear as well as home textiles. When having a suit or dress cleaned it is recommended to do without dry cleaning. CO2 cleaning uses the environmentally friendly solvent carbon dioxide. Another environmentally friendly solvent used in the cleaning process is water (see DE-UZ 104 with respect to wet-cleaning services). Hence, both cleaning processes do not emit any pollutants into the air and into the wastewater - and yet, the textiles get clean.

      Benefits to health and environment

      1. cleaned with low level of solvents
      2. alternative to chemical cleaning

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Biodegradable Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids

      Edition 2013 | Valid until 31.12.2022

      Lubricants are used in various applications where an entry of substances into the environment cannot be completely avoided, especially when used for loss lubrication of rails, points, block trains or for sealing purposes and similar fields of application where high lubricant losses occur during the intended use. Also, loss lubrication during wood cutting causes the release of approximately 10,000 tons of chain lubricants into the environment per year. Even during the intended use of hydraulic fluids in agriculture and forestry as well as in the building industry significant quantities may escape in an uncontrolled way into the environment due to leakages and other defects. If the lubricants include components that are toxic to humans or the environment or have insufficient biodegradability, these releases into the environment can have an adverse effect on soil and water. This negative effect should be minimized in order to preserve intact ecosystems and avoid indirect impact on human health.
      
The aim of the Blue Angel eco-label for biodegradable lubricants and hydraulic fluids is to enable the user to choose products that, for example, consist primarily of renewable raw materials (vegetable or animal oils) and, first and foremost, stand out due to their good biodegradability.

      With regard to the DE-UZ 178 Basic Criteria for "Biodegradable Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids" it was decided to set up, in Appendix 1, a publicly accessible "Lubricant Component Classification List" based on the LuSC List of the EU Ecolabel for Lubricants. This list is meant to make application filing easier for manufacturers of lubricants since the products which will be listed in said Appendix 1 will not require the submission of further data. The manufacturers of lubricant components shall be able, from now on, to have their products evaluated with costs in accordance with DE-UZ 178 and to apply for inclusion in Appendix 1 to DE-UZ 178.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. biodegradable
      2. low level of harmful materials

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    • Reusable systems to-go for food and beverages

      Edition 2018 | Valid until 31.12.2023

      Resource-saving reusable cup systems

      The first coffee “to go” was brewed in Germany in 1996. By now, 70 percent of consumers across Germany use coffee-to-go cups particularly frequently or occasionally. Recent surveys by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research gGmbH (ifeu) estimate a total quantity of 2.8 billion disposable cups per year in take-away sales - of which approx. 1.2 billion are to-go cups. The result: More and more discarded disposable cups pollute public spaces, streets and nature. Littering - the careless discarding of waste in public spaces - and overfilled waste bins are a costly challenge for local authorities. 

      The ecolabel’s aim for reusable cup systems is to reduce the number of disposable cups and to strengthen environmentally friendly reusable cup systems. The criteria include requirements for the cups themselves as well as for the suppliers.

      Materials that are harmful to the environment and health must be avoided in the production of the reusable cups and lids. The use of melamine resins and polycarbonate plastics, for example, which can release bisphenol A, is not permitted. In order not to increase the amount of waste, the cups must allow “material recycling”. This means that plastic cups may only be made of pure plastic, without being coated with other materials. In addition, the cups must be durable and have a service life of at least 500 wash cycles.

      A deposit must also be demanded for the cup and lid. Furthermore, at the end of their service life, cups and lids must be taken back and recycled. Suppliers must also undertake to comply with the “Good Rules” for dispensing hot beverages: Customers should always first be offered a reusable cup and lid, or for their own cup to be filled. Furthermore, reusable cup system providers must prove that their logistics concept contributes to the ecological optimisation of transport routes and vehicles.

       Benefits to Environment and Health

      1. reduces waste
      2. saves resources

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      Environmental Label RAL gGmbH
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      Frau Dr. Susanne de Boor

    • Paper made from 100% recovered paper for paper bags and boxes

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Environmentally friendly recycled paper

      Paper made from recovered paper uses significantly less resources and also greatly reduces the wastewater load and water and energy consumption in comparison to standard products. The Blue Angel for paper made from 100% recovered paper for paper bags and boxes is awarded to products that live up to these requirements. At least 65% of the recovered paper must be sourced from the ordinary, medium and kraft paper grades, which are primarily recovered from household collections. The Blue Angel thus aims to ensure that almost all of the paper fibres recovered in the paper cycle are preserved. In addition, the Blue Angel restricts the addition of critical production aids and paper refining agents in its Basic Award Criteria in order reduce the pollutant load in the paper. For example, the use of optical brighteners, halogenated bleaching agents and not readily biodegradable complexing agents is prohibited except for in a few exceptional cases. Furthermore, it also sets strict requirements for waste water emissions, the generation of waste and energy consumption during the production of the paper.

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. made from 100% recoverded paper
      2. saves energy, water and wood
      3. particularly low level of harmful materials 

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      Frau Dipl.-Biol. Klaudia Maniera

    • Paper bags and boxes made out of recycled paper

      Edition 2021 | Valid until 31.12.2024

      Benefits to the Environment

      1. made from 100% recoverded paper /mainly from recovered paper
      2. saves energy, water and wood
      3. particularly low level of harmful materials 

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      Frau B.Sc. Henrike Buttner

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