Since mid-July 2017, toy manufacturers have been able to have their products awarded the new “Blue Angel for Toys” eco-label. The requirements of the new eco-label go beyond the requirements of the European Toy Directives. As the second company to receive the Blue Angel, Bioblo was awarded the Blue Angel for its child-friendly toy and construction stone by the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency.

Parents have high expectations of a product that is free of harmful substances, especially when it comes to toys. Regardless of this, the reports of the European rapid alert system RAPEX show that toys often violate chemical regulations, among other things. In order to better protect the sensitive target group from these toxins, the certification of the Blue Angel includes comprehensive testing and verification obligations, which must be fulfilled before certification.

Blue Angel provides clarity

Toys made of textiles, wood, rubber, leather, paper, plastic or metal can be awarded the eco-label. In order to receive the “Blue Angel”, test results from independent testing institutes must be observed. Furthermore, the award criteria require compliance with basic social criteria in the extraction of raw materials. In addition, the raw materials should come from sources that have as little negative environmental impact as possible. The so-called “ILO core labour standards” of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) apply to the extraction of raw materials. These prohibit, among other things, forced labour and child labour. Consequently, the products must not only show exemplary results in terms of pollutant content, but must also offer their employees good social working conditions in the extraction of raw materials and in the final production facilities.

The Blue Angel is on the agenda: Bioblo

The Bioblo building blocks consist of the material Bio-Fasal, which consists of renewable or recyclable raw materials. This consists of 60 percent wood chips from conifers from sustainable forest management and 40 percent recycled plastic. The plastic is obtained from used reusable cups, which are usually found in stadiums or at festivals, through an up-cycling process that conserves resources.

“After the successes of the Toy Award and the German Design Award, we are particularly pleased about this top-class award in the field of sustainability and ecology. Like no other seal of quality, the Blue Angel stands for quality and also carries a lot of weight internationally”, says Stefan Friedrich, Bioblo GF and Co-Founder.

The Bioblo Founders: Hannes Frech, Stefan Friedrich and Dietmar Kreil

Promotion of environmentally friendly toys

The Blue Angel award criteria for toys (DE-UZ 207) have the same name as the Austrian Eco-label Directive for Toys (UZ 73). By harmonising the award criteria of both eco-labels, larger markets can be reached and environmentally friendly and socially fair toys can be promoted and established on the market.

 

 

 

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Link: Bioblo specialises in play and construction stones for children.

Image: Bioblo

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