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
- low noise
- high battery quality
- low level of harmful materials