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Federal Ministry for the Environment
The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel) is a German certification for products and services that have environmentally friendly aspects. It has been awarded since 1978 by the Jury Umweltzeichen, a group of 13 people from environment and consumer protection groups, industry, unions, trade, media and churches. Blue Angel is the oldest ecolabel in the world, and it covers some 10,000 products in some 80 product categories. After the introduction of Germany’s Blue Angel in 1978 as the first worldwide environmental label, other European and non-European countries followed this example and introduced their own national and supra-regional environmental labels. The common goal of these labels is to inform consumers about environmentally friendly products thereby giving global support to product-related environmental protection.
The Blue Angel environmental label makes this possible: Around 12,000 environmentally-friendly products and services from around 1,600 companies have been awarded the Blue Angel.This is because the Blue Angel is an environmental label organised by the federal government of Germany for the protection of people and the environment. It sets very exacting standards, is independent and has proven itself over more than 40 years as a guide for selecting environmentally-friendly products.
Many consumers ask themselves the question: “How can I purchase products and services without having any misgivings?” Every time they purchase a product or service, ultimately decide either directly or indirectly about its impact on water, soil, air or your own health. In order to enable to make their purchasing decisions based on environmental aspects, require reliable and trustworthy information about the environmentally-relevant and health-related effects caused by a product.