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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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