The European Ecolabel serves as a cross-border ecolabel. It uniformly labels eco-friendly everyday products and services on the European market. Its guidelines are established in cooperation with the EU member states. Above all, they ask for a low impact on aquatic ecosystems as well as a rapid biodegradation. Certified products and services are characterized by environmental friendliness, long durability, and high quality.
The Austrian Ecolabel is a certificate for environmentally friendly products, services, and educational institutions with high standards regarding their achievements in the areas of environmental protection and quality. It is awarded to products for household and cleaning, building and living, gardening, office supplies, and green energy, as well as to services in the areas of tourism and catering, travel agents, educational institutions, and schools.
Within more than 50 different guidelines, standards and criteria are established and continuously updated by professionals. The Ecolabel was designed by the Viennese artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and symbolizes the elements of ecology: earth, water, nature, and air.
The Blue Angel is the German equivalent of the Austrian Ecolabel. Founded in 1978, it was the first ecolabel of the world. Its defined criteria are established by an independent jury. The guidelines and criteria are broadly consistent with those of the Austrian Ecolabel.