Blue Angel

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The Blue Angel is an environmental label awarded in Germany since 1978 for particularly environmentally friendly products and services . The Federal Environment Ministry is the bearer of the mark .


This label was in 1978 by the Federal Minister of the Interior , Gerhart Baum ( FDP ), and for environmental protection competent ministers of the federal states introduced and is where conventional products, the environmental burden, more environmentally friendly developments and alternatives visible. The eco-label is awarded to the providers and they can label their products with it on a voluntary basis.

The logo essentially corresponds to the logo of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), but with the opposite color. In the outer ring are the words "BLUE ANGEL" and "THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABEL". According to the official website, it symbolizes the state anchoring of the UNEP goals in Germany.

Award procedure

The following institutions are currently involved in the award procedure:

Anyone can suggest award-worthy products to the Federal Environment Agency.

The Blue Angel is a member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN), an interest group of 26 eco-label organizations worldwide.

Appreciation and criticism

  • It is not a mark that certifies that a product is completely safe. The products labeled in this way are more environmentally friendly than other products in the respective product group and represent as little as possible, as much as necessary in terms of environmental pollution . In concrete terms, this means that the Blue Angel is not a seal of approval for the entire product, but rather identifies certain properties that mainly concern environmental and health protection. Nonetheless, the Blue Angel fulfills its desired consumer guidance function, because its conceptual simplicity in many industries enables it to quickly raise general market standards in terms of the environment.
  • Environmental properties that are not mentioned in the award criteria are not checked.
  • There may be products on the market that do not bear the Blue Angel although they meet the criteria, as it is only awarded on application.
  • Only products with the same purpose and product category are compared (e.g. mechanical and chemical drain cleaner, own and car-sharing cars).
  • The Blue Angel does not provide any information as to which of two award-winning products is more environmentally friendly.
  • If manufacturers do not want to forego designations such as organic, eco or nature in the product name, these products do not bear an environmental label. According to the guidelines for awarding the Blue Angel, such advertising statements are not permitted. This also applies to trivializing statements such as “non-toxic” or “not harmful to health”.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The logo . In: , accessed October 25, 2018.
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  3. ^ Stiftung Warentest: Wall paint test (2004) (accessed online on February 4, 2013)