Washing and cleaning agents are used on a daily basis for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. Approx. 480,000 tonnes of these cleaning and care agents are sold each year in Germany, whereby dishwashing detergents account for around 260,000 tonnes. All of these products contain chemicals that find their way into the wastewater system and can have a negative effect on the environment. If these components cannot be completely retained or degraded in sewage treatment plants, they will enter into bodies of water and can be ingested by water organisms and, in some circumstances, enriched. Furthermore, washing and cleaning agents can negatively effect human health because they may contain substances hazardous to health such as fragrance allergens and preservatives.
Therefore, cleaning agents awarded with the Blue Angel environmental label must have been produced in such a way that they have the least possible impact on the environment and human health. In addition, they should also help to reduce any risks posed to the environment and human health by avoiding the use of hazardous substances and minimising packaging waste. Furthermore, renewable raw materials should be used in their production that have been cultivated under sustainable conditions or which support sustainable cultivation.
Preserving resources is also an important focus of this environmental label. Therefore, information must be provided on the packaging that enables consumers to use the product both efficiently and with the least possible impact on the environment.