About us

From the first days, ökoNORM has been loyal to its fundamental principle in development of ecologically-friendly products which have as little as possible impact on the environment and human health in their production, use and disposal.

Before establishment of ökoNORM the company founders Ellen Schahn and Albert Krohn were actively engaged in environmental protection, citizens' initiatives and social politics. They have become acquainted sharing common interests and worked together in ecologically oriented companies.

The history of ökoNORM started in 1989 in Frankfurt, when Ellen and Albert founded the company and developed the legendary “nawaro finger paint”.

Right from the very beginning, the company has developed successful philosophy, which remains unchanged ever since: To produce high-quality, environmentally friendly and non-toxic products, made from sustainable resources.


Entrance to the plant

Mainbuilding front

Mainbuilding backside


The products by ökoNORM meet the highest environmental and quality requirements. Our commitment and consistency in development of products from renewable raw materials (“nawaro”) have been recognized by the consumer magazine ÖKO-TEST as "very good" or "good". The "spiel gut" label, publications in specialized magazines and TV reports on our products and the recommendation of our customers have contributed to our success. This has brought us the wide international recognition among the ecologically producing creative suppliers.

Since 1997 ökoNORM has moved to a peaceful and ecologically clean village Dedeleben in Saxony-Anhalt and is located in the building of the former sugar factory. Today ökoNORM is a small, innovative manufactory committed to people as much as to the environment.

Filling line for the finger paints

(Quelle: Volksstimme, 12.09.2013)

Wachsstifte gießen
Casting of wax crayons

(Quelle: Volksstimme, 12.09.2013)

Wachsstifte absammeln
Collection of wax crayons

(Quelle: Volksstimme, 12.09.2013)

Here you get an inside view into our operations and our way of working by a mdr-television report from 02.02.2014 (Germany/Sachsen-Anhalt) about our nawaro NATURE Egg Dyeing Kit: Licensor: Telepool)