2 projects
3 Mio budget
6 countries
8 partners
2016 - 2021
 

About EcoDesign Circle (4.0)

The challenge
Our approach
Who we are
  • The challenge
  • Our approach
  • Who we are
  • The challenge

    Our available resources are becoming scarce. We transgressed critical environmental parameters. Resulting social tensions and inequalities are growing. The conventional, linear way of production leads to the disposal and thereby eventually to the “devaluation” of products, their components and materials. A circular approach means for us to narrow, to slow and to close loops, that is, to reduce consumption of resources, to use them longer and again and again. This needs to be considered from the very beginning – by design!

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  • Our approach

    EcoDesign Circle (4.0) helped to put the spotlight on the design of products and services. Because the majority of the environmental impact of a product is determined in the design phase, this is a really effective leverage point. As one of our project partners said: “Ecodesign is good design that benefits people and the environment alike.” Therefore, our project developed and offered methods, formats and a platform to create circular business solutions starting from the design phase.

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  • Who we are

    We are an international team of design centres, public authorities and design practitioners from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Russia and Sweden. We have been working together (from 2016 to 2019 as EcoDesign Circle and from 2019 until 2021 as EcoDesign Circle 4.0) to strengthen the awareness and practical application of the design approach to circular economy across the Baltic Sea region.

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  • Our approach
  • Who we are

 

What we offer

Get familiar with circular economy principles and circular design

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Define the stage of circular economy and design in a company

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Develop circular business operations and concepts for a company

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Find all our tools, templates and workshop approaches in our TOOLKIT

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Become inspired by our good cases from business, society, cooperation and policy!

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Knowledge platform to support your leap to circularity.

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Open space for circular design professionals and environmental experts to discuss their work and experience

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Train the Trainers

Learn more about our tools and approaches (Learning Factory, Audit, Sprint) and our experiences
  • Get familiar with circular economy principles and circular design

    Read more

  • Define the stage of circular economy and design in a company

    Read more

  • Develop circular business operations and concepts for a company

    Read more

  • Find all our tools, templates and workshop approaches in our TOOLKIT

    Read more

  • Become inspired by our good cases from business, society, cooperation and policy!

    Read more

  • Knowledge platform to support your leap to circularity.

    Read more

  • Open space for circular design professionals and environmental experts to discuss their work and experience

    Read more

  • Train the Trainers

    Learn more about our tools and approaches (Learning Factory, Audit, Sprint) and our experiences

    Methods & Approaches
    Inspiration & Information
    Exchange & Connect
    • Methods & Approaches
    • Inspiration & Information
    • Exchange & Connect
    • Methods & Approaches

      Our methods and formats are designed to help create circular solutions - both for products and services! The EcoDesign Learning Factory playfully demonstrates the potential of circular design. EcoDesign Audit and Sprint are „twins” that reveal both a company’s current status and its potential in terms of circularity and design, leading to the development of (more) circular products and services. For both the Learning Factory and the “Audit-Sprint” tool, working in interdisciplinary teams (design, business, sustainability) is essential.
      Find all tools and approaches in our Circular Design Toolkit.

    • Inspiration & Information

      Services and service design play an important role, enabling circularity and the uptake of sustainable products and practices. We need pioneers and a rising number of change agents to improve the chances of overcoming path dependencies. Therefore, we further developed the Sustainability Guide where companies, designers and higher education institutions will find inspiration and tools to work sustainably. We have gathered inspirational service, policy and cooperation cases for you: How have others managed to make the existing linear (business) model obsolete and become circular? Why are they still successful in the market? What have they achieved? And what are the accompanying political frameworks and cooperation models on local, national or even international level that have supported this?
      And we summarised our experiences in Policy Recommendations.

    • Exchange & Connect

      The importance of the circular economy and circular design in society has grown significantly in recent years. Our Train the Trainers workshops are geared towards experts and designers to support their focus on sustainability and increase their competence in applying our circular design approaches in companies. The Circular Design HOW TO? sessions are a response to this need – an open space online exchange format that we will continue. Feel free to subscribe!

    • Methods & Approaches
    • Inspiration & Information
    • Exchange & Connect

     

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