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Respected as evidence of sustainable use of raw materials

No other ecolabel is as well-known and respected as the “Blue Angel” (“Blaue Engel”). For more than 35 years it has identified sustainably manufactured and useful products – including products that consist mostly or completely of recycled paper. As from the start of 2015, new rules will apply for grant of the label. This will initially affect manufacturers of paper products such as paper for sanitary purposes, recycled paper, wallpaper, cardboard packaging, printing paper and newspaper. They will have to have the raw materials used in their production verified by a recognised, neutral body such as TÜV NORD CERT. In a further step, the criteria will then be adapted and applied to other products made of wood and wood materials: the manufacturers will have to provide evidence that they obtain their wood from forestry which conserves natural resources.

Effective communication of responsible management

Companies which qualify for issue of the “Blue Angel” document their responsible handling of valuable raw materials such as wood, water and energy. By using this well-known ecolabel you can communicate your commitment effectively to the growing group of environmentally-aware consumers for whom the “Blue Angel” has for years been a respected and trusted sign of sustainably manufactured products. The label also enjoys a high level of acceptance with the large environmental associations.

Using synergies for further environmental certifications

TÜV NORD CERT offers further environmental certifications besides the certification based on the criteria of the “Blue Angel”, which are defined by RAL gGmbH acting as a body authorised by the State. Time and costs can be saved by combining the audits for the different standards – for example audits related to recycling materials based on FSC® und/oder PEFC requirements, or to certification according to the international management standard ISO 14001.

We are looking forward to your inquiry

Carsten Kahlert

TÜV NORD CERT GmbH

+49 511 998-62532
Fax: +49 511 998-62899 7516

ckahlert@tuev-nord.de

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