Healthy indoor climate
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.
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.
Using products instead of owning them
Products can often be jointly used and this also eases the burden on the environment. Therefore, the Blue Angel is also used, for example, to indicate pioneering car sharing services.