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Did you know that the Blue Angel also focuses on the health assessment of products?

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The ecolabel takes a holistic view of the product life cycle - from production and use to disposal and recycling. The aim is to identify the crucial environmentally relevant areas for each product group where significant environmental and health impacts can be reduced or even avoided. In the criteria, the ecolabel for instance sets requirements for the substances contained. This is to avoid pollutants in the product as far as possible and to reduce emissions of harmful substances into soil, water, air and indoor spaces. But the reduction of noise or electromagnetic radiation is also being tested. This not only helps the environment, but also protects health.

The Blue Angel makes its assessment on the basis of the research results of the Federal Environment Agency. The interdisciplinary approach is particularly important here. A good example of this interdisciplinary approach are health issues associated with people spending time indoors. The evaluation of indoor emissions of building products is carried out by the Blue Angel in accordance with the evaluation scheme of the “Committee for Health-related Evaluation of Building Products” - a federal-state committee with experts from the environmental and health authorities. This is particularly important for product groups such as wall paints, wallpapers, furniture and floor coverings.

Whether for weekly shopping or larger purchases - the Blue Angel therefore not only provides orientation for sustainable and environmentally conscious consumption, but also helps to avoid health hazards.