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In the garden center is on many products "organic" or "eco", but reliable orientation in the environmentally conscious shopping give only recognized seals such as the "Blue Angel".
The Rotak LI lawnmower from Bosch works very quietly compared to conventional modelsAre you looking for a new lawnmower or a hedge trimmer? In the spring, the hobby gardeners storm the garden centers and cover themselves with all sorts of new things. For many, in addition to the quality and a good price-performance ratio, the environmental compatibility of the products plays an increasingly important role in the purchase: Is the wood stain low in pollutants? How loud is the shredder?
Many manufacturers advertise with terms such as "organic" or "eco", but whether the products keep their promise, is another matter. Orientation offers reliable seals, especially the "Blue Angel", which is awarded according to strict guidelines. Behind the Blue Angel are independent organizations such as the Federal Environmental Agency and the Ministry of the Environment as well as the Environmental Label Jury, which includes Stiftung Warentest and environmental organizations such as NABU and BUND.
The eco-label "Blue Angel" is awarded according to strict criteria. Only a few products receive the awardThe criteria of the award depend on the respective product category. For example, the Blue Angel-awarded wood stains contain no plasticizers and only small amounts of solvents. For lawn mowers, the volume is a crucial criterion: The Blue Angel awarded mower is ten meters away no louder than a normal conversation.
Who buys these products, not only protects the environment, but also protects your own health. And can avoid quarrels with the neighbors: Noise from the neighborhood ranked according to a study from 2010 in second place the perceived noise, even before aircraft noise.
We have put together an overview of important garden products that are currently awarded the Blue Angel (as of spring 2011).
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Garden Tools and Products with Blue Angel (8)
Viking's GE 35 L Quiet Shredder has received the Blue Angel for its low-noise operation. It crushes garden waste with rollers, which produces significantly less noise than breaking with rotating blades - the usual procedure with knife choppers. Another advantage in the life cycle assessment is the recycling-friendly design. The GE 35 L handles branches up to a diameter of 36 mm and costs about 570 euros.
The garden shredder LHF 2800 by Atika is also awarded the Blue Angel. He also works with roller technology and is therefore very quiet. The construction is recyclable. It crushes branches up to a diameter of 42 mm and costs about 210 euros. The garden shredder LHF 2800 is available from Amazon.
The cordless hedge trimmers HSA 65 and HSA 85 from Stihl were also recognized as particularly environmentally friendly. They work quietly and do not emit any pollutants (unlike gasoline engine units). A powerful 36-volt lithium-ion battery supplies the hedge trimmers with energy. The battery can also be used in other devices, such as the cordless brushcutter and the cordless chainsaw from Stihl. The scissors have a knife length of 57 cm (HSA 65) and 69 cm (HSA 85). They weigh 4.6 kg or 4.8 kg including the battery. With battery and charger, the HSA 65 costs about 480 euros, the larger HSA 85 about 670 euros.
Exceptionally quiet mow the Rotak 34 LI and the Rotak 37 LI from Bosch. Their power supply via a 36-volt lithium-ion battery also prevents the emission of pollutants. The lawnmowers have cutting widths of 34 or 37 cm and are recommended for areas between 150 and 300 square meters. The mower costs including rechargeable battery about 400 euros or about 450 euros. The mower Rotak 34 LI and Rotak 37 LI are available from Amazon.
The criteria "low noise" and "low emission" also met the FSA 65 cordless brushcutter from Stihl and was accordingly awarded the Blue Angel. It runs on a 36-volt lithium-ion battery, which also fits in the other garden tools from the battery range of Stihl. Its cutting circle has a diameter of 300 mm, with battery the brushcutter weighs 3.8 kg. It is available with rechargeable battery for about 430 euros in stores.
On wood stains the jury of the Blue Angel sets stringent requirements regarding questionable additives. These requirements are met by Aidol Universal Wood Glaze from Remmers. It contains no harmful plasticizers and only low levels of solvents. The universal wood stain is breathable, weather and UV resistant and protects all wood indoors and outdoors. Available in the building materials trade, 5 liters cost about 30 euros.
The weather protection glaze by Max Bahr has also been awarded the Blue Angel. It contains no harmful plasticizers and only small amounts of solvents. The glaze is breathable, water and dirt repellent and suitable for the treatment of all woods such as fences, furniture etc.. It is available in the Max Bahr stores, 2.5 liters cost about 30 euros, 750 ml about 12 euros.
Eco-friendly, because made from recycled plastics, are various Recydur products. These include, among other things, hollow palisades (photo), grass pavers and planters. During production, no critical substances were used. Recydur products are available at hardware stores.