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Blue Angel

The world’s first eco-labelling program, Blue Angel, was created in 1977 to promote environmentally-sound products, relative to others in the same group categories. The label is composed of a blue figure with outstretched arms surrounded by a blue ring with a laurel wreath. A standard inscription, «Umweltzeichen» (environmental label) is at the top of the logo, and a second inscription for the individual product group is found at the bottom.

This eco-label relies on information and voluntary cooperation, as well as on the motivation and the willingness of each individual to make a contribution towards environmental protection. The Blue Angel is addressed at all market players, enabling retailers and consumers to make deliberate choices in favour of environmentally-sound alternatives.
Once approved, eco-labelled products are reviewed every two or three years to make sure they respect state-of-the-art developments in ecological technology and product design.

Bluing

Product that contains a blue dye or pigment taken up by fabrics in the wash or rinse. Bluing absorbs the yellow part of the light spectrum, counteracting natural yellowing of fabrics.

Bactericide

Product that destroys bacteria.

Burnishing

Maintenance method using a high RPM (1500+) floor polisher known as a burnisher to produce a very high or “Wet Look” gloss with a vigorous mechanical action on a special floor finish known as an ultra high speed or UHS finish.

Bleach

Product that helps whiten, brighten and remove stains. Bleaches convert soils into colourless, soluble particles that can be removed by detergents and carried away in the wash water. Liquid chlorine bleach (usually in a sodium hypochlorite solution) can disinfect and deodorize fabrics. Oxygen (colour-safe) bleach is gentler on almost all fabrics.

Booster

Product that enhances the soil and stain removal, brightening, buffering and water softening performance of detergents. Boosters are used in addition to
the detergent.