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

What we do

Design for a Circular Economy
Bridging the gap
Networks
Services for a circular society
Train the trainers package
Feel free to contact us!
  • Design for a Circular Economy
  • Bridging the gap
  • Networks
  • Services for a circular society
  • Train the trainers package
  • Feel free to contact us!
  • Design for a Circular Economy

    Ecodesign is one way to move our societies towards a circular economy. An eco-designed product is designed in a way that it lasts long, can be easily repaired and at the end of its life, it can be rapidly disassembled and its materials can be managed through existing recycling systems without leaving behind harmful waste ...

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  • Bridging the gap

    Until recently, ecodesign was only sparsely applied. Small and medium sized enterprises are focused on traditional linear business models in which products are short-lived and materials are typically discarded as waste. However, know-how concerning the environmental impact of products, how to assess the impact and how to reduce it is available. The challenge is to translate environmental science into business reality.

    Discover our "Resources for you"

  • Networks

    Design centres Baltic Sea countries got together with environmental scientists to expand their ecodesign expertise and to promote the use of ecodesign among their national networks of design companies. Design centres are typically non-profit networks or associations for design professionals. Most design centres lacked the instruments to support their affiliate companies in eco designing innovative products. The design centres’ primary aim was to introduce and expand the use of ecodesign among designers and bring it into the core operations of companies.

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  • Services for a circular society

    EcoDesign Circle 4.0 goes beyond products by targeting services for a circular society. In a "circular society", changes in economic product and material flows are flanked by socio-cultural change through circular production and business models.

    Read more about our ongoing project

  • Train the trainers package

    The project EcoDesign Circle recently set up an Ecodesign Learning Factory and an Ecodesign Audit and Sprint consultancy which increased the competences of design centers, industrial designers and companies to develop circular products. EcoDesign Circle 4.0 adapts these tools for "services" and spreads the knowledge gained in a train the trainer package.

    Read more about our ongoing project

  • Feel free to contact us!

    Aino, Anna, Anna Magdalena, Carsten, Conrad, Joanna, Julia, Jutta, Kaire, Karolina, Kelli, Marina, Markus, Max, Ronja, Saija, Tapani, Thomas ...

    Here are more information about all partners and their contacts.

  • Design for a Circular Economy
  • Bridging the gap
  • Networks
  • Services for a circular society
  • Train the trainers package
  • Feel free to contact us!

 

What we offer

Ecodesign Learning Factory
Ecodesign Audit
EcoDesign Sprint
Sustainability Guide
Inspiration
Events
  • Ecodesign Learning Factory
  • Ecodesign Audit
  • EcoDesign Sprint
  • Sustainability Guide
  • Inspiration
  • Events
  • Ecodesign Learning Factory

    Bridge the gap between environmental science, design thinking and business reality - learn as professional designers, engineers or lecturers how to eco-design circular systems.

    picture: PSTP Gdynia | Design Centre, P. Jóźwiak

  • Ecodesign Audit

    We offer and show a way for enterprises and public sector organisations to evaluate design sustainability and integrate into the circular economy.

    picture: Estonian Design Center

  • EcoDesign Sprint

    We support enterprises and designers in developing new ecodesign products / services for a circular society.

    picture: Kalle Kataila

  • Sustainability Guide

    The Sustainability Guide provides inspiration and knowledge by gathering information, methods and good examples of how to use design to achieve a sustainable and circular business as well as social development.

  • Inspiration

    Touring exhibitions, collections of good examples and short "Ecodesign in Practice" videos - We´ll show great cases from the Baltic Sea Region and demonstrate the market potential of ecodesign.

    picture: © Gdynia Design Days 2017 | Bogna Kociumbas, Michał Szymończyk

  • Events

    Our next workshops for you:

    7-8 May - TRAIN THE TRAINERS Workshop in Tallinn (Estonia)

    10-11 July - TRAIN THE TRAINERS Workshop in Gdynia (Poland) as part of the Gdynia Design Days 2020

    picture: © IDZ | Kühnapfel Fotografie

  • Ecodesign Learning Factory
  • Ecodesign Audit
  • EcoDesign Sprint
  • Sustainability Guide
  • Inspiration
  • Events

 

"Ecodesign" News

  • “Herää Pahvi!” – a cardboard to wake up Finland

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    HerääPahvi! is a Finnish project about food packaging that is making use of the side streams of food industry. Partners from biomaterial science, paper and paper board making and creative industries and design cooperate and bundle their excellence. The project partners found a way to integrate oat hull fibers in the production of new kind of decorative packaging paper which helps save virgin wood fibers.
    We talked about Herää Pahvi with Design Forum Finland.

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  • Long live the laptops! - How ecodesign can prevent premature obsolescence

    '02 Shattered

    Laptops fail frequently and the lifespan of consumer electronics is continually decreasing. A new report of the international network ECOS shows that the EU ecodesign and energy labelling regulatory instruments have a great potential to double laptop lifetimes. Changes are urgently required to shift towards so-called product-as-service business models, as well as to encourage increased innovation and competition in the durability and repairability of devices.

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  • Policy guidelines in six sectors available – ‘from linear to circular’

    CE Guidelines

    The R2Pi project - The route to circular economy - was a three-year project within the environment theme of Horizon 2020. Its overarching goal was to accelerate the widespread implementation of a circular economy based on successful business models and effective policies. The recently published guidelines compile a series of principles and lessons that the R2Pi team has developed from working with companies in six different sectors.

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  • Creating a green brand image for an Estonian concrete manufacturer

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    EcoDesign Audit is a diagnostic tool for enterprises to assess their ecodesign capabilities and performances and to identify circular design opportunities / approaches. It was developed during the regular "EcoDesign Circle" project by the Estonian Design Centre. But how does it look in practice? Here is a recent example from the Estonian concrete manufacturer Framm AS.

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  • Nordic Report 02 launched by SustaiNordic platform

    The Nordic Report 02

    The Nordic Report 02 is part of the project SUSTAINORDIC, which aims to spread awareness on sustainable production and consumption in the Nordics in accordance with Agenda 2030. 

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  • First Estonian Design Talk focusses on circular design

    Design Talk EDC

    The DesignTalks, organised by our partner the Estonian Design Centre, got a glorious kick-off in Tallinn. The first talk focused on the circular economy model and the introduction of circular design, circular economy and design practices.

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  • European Green Deal

    GreenDeal

    A Green Deal for the European Union (EU) and its citizens resets the Commission’s commitment to tackling climate and environmental-related challenges. It will include a a new circular economy action plan with ‘a sustainable products’ policy supporting circular design.

    "Consumers will benefit from more sustainable products that are designed to be repairable, durable, recycled and use less energy. This can help reduce the lifetime costs of the products they buy."

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  • German Federal Ecodesign Awards 2019

    German Ecodesign Award 2019

    An interdisciplinary jury has nominated 31 projects from the sectors architecture, energy, communication, household, interior, transportation and fashion. Among these, 12 were being honored with the German Federal Ecodesign Award during the award ceremony at the Federal Ministry for Environment on 25 November 2019.

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  • EcoDesign Learning Factory stops in Russia

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    The Ecodesign Learning Factory was developed during the "EcoDesign Circle" as an intensive introduction to ecodesign and Circular Economy. On 24th and 25th Oct this training course was held in St. Petersburg led by leading European experts in this field from Finland and Germany. 

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  • New EU ecodesign measures introduced

    washing machine

    A new set of ecodesign measures contributes to our circular economy and climate objectives. In particular, measures are included for the first time under ecodesign to support the reparability and recyclability of products.

    As of 2021, all TVs, fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and lighting products placed on the EU market will have to meet minimum design requirements aimed at extending their lifetime.

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  • The Circle goes on! - EcoDesign Circle 4.0 will focus on designing services for a circular society

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    How can ecodesign help to shape the economy 4.0 and advance the transition to a circular model? What opportunities does digitalisation offer sustainable service design? And what do practitioners and supporters of ecodesign need in order to bring it to life on a large, effective scale? These questions lie at the heart of the project EcoDesign Circle 4.0.

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  • Dispose | Reuse | Recycle - New publication released

    DisposeReuseRecycle01

    This publication shows results of three projects dispose, reuse and recycle by industrial design students at Burg Giebichenstein Halle University of Art and Design (Germany) by Prof. Mareike Gast, Anja Lapatsch, Anna Hoffmann and Karl Schikora in 2017/18.

    The German Environment Agency supported the projects with workshops and answers to many questions. The publication can be ordered at Burg Giebichenstein Halle or our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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