Protecting resources using recycled materials
Products such as sanitary paper, kitchen rolls, tissues or notebooks made out of 100 percent recycled paper contribute to the protection of forests and natural habitats. Recycled paper also holds the edge when it comes to its environmental impact: the manufacturing process for these products saves around 70 percent of the water and 60 percent of the energy in comparison to virgin fibre paper. Refuse sacks or carrier bags made of recycled plastic preserve crude oil reserves and reduce the mountains of rubbish.
Protecting water with ecological washing and cleaning agents
Around 480,000 tonnes of cleaning agents are sold each year in Germany and these chemicals place a significant burden on waste water. Furthermore, washing and cleaning agents can negatively impact human health when substances hazardous to health such as fragrance allergens and preservatives are used.
This is why it is important to look for the Blue Angel when purchasing bathroom, toilet and all-purpose cleaners. The raw materials added to these products are subject to strict conditions in terms of their compatibility with the environment and health, which go above and beyond current legal requirements. In addition, the Blue Angel requires a precise and easily legible dosing recommendation on all-purpose cleaners and dilutable bathroom cleaners because the sparing use of these products not only helps to easily and effectively preserve the environment but also saves you money.
A healthy indoor climate thanks to furniture and mattresses low in harmful substances
Anybody whose own health and that of their family are dear to them make a special effort to choose environmentally-compatible home furnishings. Upholstered furniture, for example, can in the worst case scenario represent a significant source of hazardous substances inside the home due to their large surfaces and long service life. The Blue Angel tests the outgassing of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from products in emission testing chambers. Anyone selecting a sofa, mattress or wooden furniture that has been awarded a Blue Angel ecolabel is thus also choosing a healthy indoor climate.
Using products instead of owning them: Mobility services
Products can often be jointly used and this also eases the burden on the environment. Therefore, the Blue Angel is also used to label ecological services, for example, pioneering car sharing services.