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 and the European and other European countries and their national and supra-regional environmental labels. The common goal of these labels is to inform consumers about environmentally friendly products.
In 1994, some countries cooperated in developing the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) – a non-profit-interest group composed of ecolabel organizations throughout the world.