Blue angel recycled paper criteria to be hiked

German environment agency announces higher hurdle for obtaining ecolabel

The German environment agency has announced tougher criteria for recycled paper products before they can carry the national blue angel ecolabel, effective from January. All existing holders of the label will have to reapply.

The main changes include a ban on the use of the persistent chemicals EDTA and DTPA during manufacturing as well as all chlorine or other halogen-containing paper brighteners. A higher proportion of low to mid-quality categories of used paper will have to be incorporated in recycled products, with levels dependent on end use.

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