Publications

This page contains brochures and flyers that refer directly to the Blue Angel eco-label. Further information on products and services can be found on the homepage of the Federal Environment Agency, especially the environmental tips for everyday life and the information for procurement.

Our most important publications are the award criteria. There you will get an overview of all product groups and services that can be marked with the Blue Angel and the respective underlying criteria.

Survey of the basic criteria

The Blue Angel – General information

Flyer: Blue Angel – The Environmental Label

Flyer: Blue Angel – The Environmental Label

The flyer gives a compact overview about the Blue Angel and informs about the institutions of the eco-label and the variety of products. 

Anniversary booklet, english version

Anniversary booklet

In this anniversary booklet, we give you a glimpse behind the scenes: how everything began in the 1970s, when spray cans still contained CFC and the Club of Rome made the world aware of the “limits to growth“. What’s more, discover how we are shaping the environmental label to be future-proof and how we have our sights set on the next generation.

Brief information

Brief information: Guiding principles behind the “Blue Angel” environmental label

Here is an introduction to the basic principles of the Blue Angel eco-label.

Overview of Basic Award Criteria listed by Industry Sectors (January 2020)

Overview of Basic Award Criteria listed by Industry Sectors (January 2020)

Blue Angel Eco-labelled Products and Services

children and school

The Blue Angel for toys (DE-UZ 207)

The Blue Angel for toys (DE-UZ 207)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Especially when purchasing toys, parents have the highest expectations on the products, e.g. the elimination of pollutants. Thus, the criteria for the Blue Angel for toys focus on avoiding and minimising ingredients that are harmful to health.

Drugstore

The Blue Angel for disposable diapers

The Blue Angel for disposable diapers

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
For the user, wearing disposable diapers means daily direct skin contact with the products, so that even the smallest amounts of harmful chemicals can have negative effects. For this reason, the Blue Angel imposes strict requirements for all materials permitted in certified products, as well as a detailed exclusion list of harmful and unhealthy substances.

Construction, living and heating

The Blue Angel for low-emission floor coverings, panels and doors for interiors made of wood and woodbased materials

The Blue Angel for low-emission floor coverings, panels and doors for interiors made of wood and woodbased materials (DE-UZ 176)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Floor coverings, panels and interior door panels may cause an environmental impact during their production, use and disposal. In addition, large areas of floor coverings and panels, as well as built-in interior door elements significantly affect the air quality in buildings.

The Blue Angel for low-emission panel-shaped materials (construction and furnishing panels) for interior construction (DE-UZ 76)

The Blue Angel for low-emission panel-shaped materials (construction and furnishing panels) for interior construction (DE-UZ 76)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Panel-shaped materials may cause an environmental impact during their production, use and disposal.

The Blue Angel for low-emission furniture and slatted frames made of wood and wood-based materials (DE-UZ 38)

The Blue Angel for low-emission furniture and slatted frames made of wood and wood-based materials (DE-UZ 38)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Products made of wood or wood-based materials, such as furniture or slatted frames, may cause an environmental impact during their production, use and disposal.

The Blue Angel for low-emission and lowpollutant paints and varnishes (DE-UZ 12a)

The Blue Angel for low-emission and lowpollutant paints and varnishes (DE-UZ 12a)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
The environmental label for “Low-Emission and Low-Pollutant Paints and Varnishes” aims to keep the pollutant content of the paints and varnishes as low as possible and, from a health and environmental point of view, thus ensure the lowest possible emissions from these products.

The Blue Angel for low-emission interior wall paints (DE-UZ 102)

The Blue Angel for low-emission interior wall paints (DE-UZ 102)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Wall paints are used to cover large surfaces indoors. Therefore, it is important that these products have low emissions and are also not harmful to human health in other ways.

The Blue Angel for low-emission internal plasters (DE-UZ 198)

The Blue Angel for low-emission internal plasters (DE-UZ 198)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Internal plasters are used as large-surface coating materials for interior ceilings and walls. Due to their large-scale application, the emissions from the internal plasters into the indoor air should be kept as low as possible from an environmental and health perspective.

The Blue Angel for low-emission upholstered furniture (DE-UZ 117)

The Blue Angel for low-emission upholstered furniture (DE-UZ 117)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
A living room without upholstery – unthinkable. Some upholstered furniture can be significant sources of pollutants in indoor environments because of their large surfaces and their long service life. Pollutants that may adversely affect the environment and human health usually come from upholstery materials, cover fabrics, or the leather.

The Blue Angel for low-emission textile floor coverings (DE-UZ 128)

The Blue Angel for low-emission textile floor coverings (DE-UZ 128)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Healthy living is a growing trend and the Blue Angel sets a clear focus when assessing the health effects of products for indoor use.

The Blue Angel for low-emission flooring underlays (DE-UZ 156)

The Blue Angel for low-emission flooring underlays (DE-UZ 156)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Furthermore, you can use the Blue Angel for flooring underlays to demonstrate to customers that you have pollutant (and odour) tests carried out in independent laboratories, use materials and substances that are less harmful to the environment

The Blue Angel for resilient floor coverings (DE-UZ 120)

The Blue Angel for resilient floor coverings (DE-UZ 120)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Furthermore, you can use the Blue Angel for resilient floor coverings to demonstrate to customers that you • have pollutant and tests carried out in independent laboratories, • use materials and substances that are less harmful to the environment.

The Blue Angel for wallpapers and woodchip wallpapers (DE-UZ 35)

The Blue Angel for wallpapers and woodchip wallpapers (DE-UZ 35)

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
Wallpapers made out of recovered paper preserve resources and avoid the environmental pollution associated with pulp production. The paper production industry is one of the biggest consumers of energy and water. The criteria for the award of the Blue Angel for environmentally friendly wallpapers and woodchip wallpapers thus already focus on sustainability during the production process and harvesting of timber.

Heating with wood - A guide to clean and proper heating

Heating with wood - A guide to clean and proper heating

When correctly used, wood is an eco-friendly fuel. By using well-processed wood from local sources in a properly handled modern fireplace, you can enjoy the cosy warmth from your wood-burning stove or boiler without causing significant environmental damage. The environment and your neighbours will be grateful for this.

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Textiles

Factsheet: The Blue Angel for environmentally friendly leather

Factsheet: The Blue Angel for environmentally friendly leather

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
A hide or skin has to pass through around 40 processing stages until the organic raw material has been processed into the natural product leather. The processing of leather involves the use of numerous chemicals that might have an impact on the environment and health.

Factsheet: The Blue Angel for footwear and insoles

Factsheet: The Blue Angel for footwear and insoles

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
The Blue Angel criteria for footwear and insoles take into account the entire manufacturing process and cover all processes relevant to the environment and health. The Blue Angel for footwear and insoles also considers social aspects as well as the traditional environmental requirements.

Factsheet: The Blue Angel for textiles

Factsheet: The Blue Angel for textiles

Information for manufacturers and the retail trade
The Blue Angel criteria for textiles consider the entire manufacturing process and reflect all processes relevant to the environment and health. At its core the Blue Angel is an ecolabel, but consumers are also increasingly scrutinising working conditions in production. For this reason, the Blue Angel considers social aspects in textiles as well as classic environmental requirements.

Environmental information for products

Flyer: Green Public Procurement: eco-friendly and cost-saving

Flyer: Green Public Procurement: eco-friendly and cost-saving

Each year, German contracting authorities purchase some €300 billion worth of products ranging from pencils to city buses. This massive purchasing power can potentially be used to reduce environmental pollution, improve environmental product and service portfolios, and promote more targeted market launches of innovative eco-friendly products.

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Booklet: Environmental Information for Products and Services, Requirements - Tools - Examples

Booklet: Environmental Information for Products and Services, Requirements - Tools - Examples

Produktbezogenen Umweltinformationen kommt immer mehr Bedeutung zu. Die Broschüre beantwortet, was bei der glaubwürdigen Umwelt-Kenn­zeichnung eines Produkts sowie der Kommunikation mit Unternehmen und Konsumenten beachtet werden muss.

Research Projects

Methodological challenges for ecolabels in the Global Ecolabelling Network (UBA-Texte 131/2020)

Methodological challenges for ecolabels in the Global Ecolabelling Network (UBA-Texte 131/2020)

The project addressed two central methodological challenges faced by ecolabels worldwide. First, the integration of sustainability issues of raw material supply chains into ecolabelling schemes and second, the measurement of ecolabel performance by the determination of quantitative environmental relief potentials.
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