Ecodesign moves product design towards the circular economy and reduces pressure on the environment. In cooperation with five partners from the Baltic Sea Region, IDZ is participating in the EU project »EcoDesign Circle«. The project aims to increase the capacity of design centers, SMEs and lecturers in the field of Ecodesign. Ecodesign, itself, therefore, functions as a means to support circular economy. Within three years, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden will host expositions and workshops, offer consulting and education programs, and create competence networks. Lead partner of the project is the German Environment Agency.

Circular Design Forum

»Circular Design Forum« is an international conference on Circular Economy and Ecodesign. Organized by IDZ Berlin the conference will take place at the EUREF campus in Berlin, on June 14, 2018. In lectures, panel talks and workshops, experts from multiple countries will give insight into sustainable design approaches, future-orientated business models, and political frameworks. The forum supports the exchange of know-how and expertise, especially aiming at initiating innovation processes in small and middle-sized companies. Furthermore, it will function as a platform for designers, design institutions and companies to network and to establish new contacts.

The forum will be part of this year’s Open Source Circular Economy Days Berlin.

Ecodesign Roadshow

The environmental impact of a product is largely determined during the design phase. But how can sustainability strategies be implemented in products and services? The »Ecodesign Roadshow« aims to promote Ecodesign as a holistic creative approach and to support the exchange of knowledge and experience between SMEs, designers, students as well as the public. A major component of the »Ecodesign Roadshow« is the travelling exhibition »Reconsider Design«. Accompanying workshops and events address topics like Ecodesign and Circular Economy.

Reconsider Design

The exhibition »Reconsider Design« presents 30 ideas and products from areas as diverse as learning, social inclusiveness and mobility. Click below to discover the visionary ideas, products and services from different areas of everyday life:

Learning & Playing


Lek för Hållbarhet

The average five-year-old in Sweden owns more than 500 toys. At the same time, the industrialised nation of Sweden consumes the resources of approximately four Earths. Retoy wants to offer all children a sustainable relationship to consumption, while educating both them, their parents and other adult role models on children‘s rights. At toy swap events children exchange toys they no longer use, donate them to kids in need, or upcycle them in the Retoy Lab. Potentially harmful toys containing toxic chemicals are sorted out in the process. A total of 70,000 toys have already been exchanged since 2011, equal to 120 tons of CO2 saved from swapping instead of buying new toys.


MFRMGR / Marta Frejda, Michał Gratkowski

TORP is a concept for reviving a monitoring station at the Puck Bay, the western portion of the Bay of Gdansk. Constructed as a torpedo station during World War II, the guard point has since been left to the sea. The project aims to carefully restore the historic station, and foresees the construction of office and residential spaces within the building. On the outside area, vegetables can be grown, provisions stored and rain water collected. The facility will run on renewable energy. Waste water will be collected separately and disposed of.

FLOW – Re.Use of School Furniture and Equipment

Regine Aicher, Nina Nicolaisen

Every year, schools and public authorities dispose of vast quanti-ties of inventory, such as furniture, sports equipment and teaching materials. Often, these items are fully functional and useable, but the facilities lack storage and suitable networking possibilities. Here, the FLOW brokerage and auction platform can serve as an interface. Used inventory is listed for social organisations or is made available for auction.

UNO Parks

Adventure Architects

UNO Parks are adventure parks and children playgrounds made of natural and reusable materials. Only leased tools as well as local, certified wood are used for the construction. If installed in nature, the construction area is cleaned from industrial and organic waste beforehand. UNO Parks are easy to repair and are made accord-ing to the client’s desires, landscape and brand. The company has already realised projects in China, Europe and the USA. Adventure Architects offer their customers and partners as well as students, refugees and the unemployed education programmes in the areas of Circular Economy and Ecodesign.


Scholz & Volkmer GmbH, for DB Mobility Networks Logistics AG

With the online game CO2-Kompass, Deutsche Bahn – one of the largest employers in Germany – is committing to raising awareness of the efficient use of resources among employees and company members. The playfully motivating approach of CO2-Kompass, in which users compete against each other, encourages partici-pants to save CO2 at home and in the office. Practical everyday tips, for example on the use of recycled paper or efficient heating, help to limit demand for CO2 and provide a gauge for activities.


Janina Prenzing, Iven Sohmann

The KOMPLOTT series of stickers appeals to everyone’s ecological awareness. The images counteract everyday ‘environmental sins’ in an unconventional and exhilarating way, thereby helping reduce energy and resource consumption. Originally designed for the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, usage in other facilities like public offices, medical clinics, and schools is also conceivable.

Carbon Sink Design Studio

Hiilinielu Design Studio Design Forum Finland
Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Wood draws the greenhouse gas carbon-dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The Carbon Sink Design Studio research project promotes interdisciplinary work dealing with this phenomenon: students from the fields of design and engineering cooperate with companies to jointly develop innovative prototypes that replace fossil materials with sustainable alternatives. The project aims to create ecological materials, sustainable business models, and new forms of cooperation. The project is financed by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Consuming & Eating



The disposable tableware Biotrem is completely biodegradable – through composting – in a mere thirty days. Wheat bran is a by-product, which forms during the milling of wheat grain. Biotrem’s pro-duction process uses only pure, edible wheat bran and a very small amount of water. No chemical additives are used, giving the table-ware no adverse human health effects and no negative environ-ment impact. About one ton of wheat bran can make up to 10,000 disposable plates or bowls. The Biotrem tableware can be used for hot and cold meals, and is also suitable for oven or microwave use.

Culinary Misfits

Lea Brumsack, Tanja Krakowski

Tuberous potatoes, carrots with three legs, oversized courgettes – vegetables and fruit that do not meet aesthetic standards for sale are often rejected and disposed of on a massive scale. The Culinary Misfits project intends to counteract this waste of food. Through a series of workshops, the people behind the project familiarise companies and private groups, children and adolescents with a food culture in which food can be appreciated once more. Culinary Misfits also offers a catering service. Vegetables and fruit are exclusively sourced from local organic farms.


Kafform UG, Julian Lechner

The tableware Kaffeeform consists of coffee waste mixed with wood shavings and biopolymers. In cooperation with a Berlin based sheltered workshop, the coffee grounds are retrieved from local restaurants and cafes, and dried, packaged and sent out. The grounds are then processed at a production facility in Baden-Württemberg, where the waste is turned into a new product. The coffee-scented tableware is light, durable and easy to clean. Kaffeeform can be ordered online or purchased from selected cafes and businesses.



RePack is a circular packaging service for online retailers and shoppers: delivery packages can be conveniently returned, and then reused. RePack users return their packaging by folding it into letter size and dropping it into a postbox anywhere in the world, free of charge. Once returned, users get an automatic refund on their deposit as a voucher, which can be redeemed at any participating store. The shipping bags can be used up to twenty times. The circular packaging service reduces packaging waste by over 90 per cent and CO2 by 80 per cent. The project improves the web store user experience, increases sales and avoids trash.


Soulproducts GmbH

soulbottles are refillable glass bottles with stoppers made from stainless steel, ceramic and natural rubber. By not using plastic, drinks remain free from pollutants and softening agents. The bottles are produced in Germany, under fair conditions and in a climate-neutral manner. The various designs on the bottles were created by designers from all over the world. The project also supports drinking water initiatives: for every bottle sold, one Euro goes to the Hamburg based organisation Viva con Agua St. Pauli.

Original Unverpackt

Original Unverpackt GmbH

Almost half a ton of household waste is generated per capita in Germany annually – not least as a result of food packaged in plastic. The Original Unverpackt supermarket offers an alternative to this problem: No disposable packaging is used, and the goods can be packaged at packing stations instead – from beans to liquids to grain. Along with the specific avoidance of waste, the project informs about topics like recycling and ‘zero waste’. Original Unverpackt also offers an online course, in which participants learn how to launch a package free supermarket on their own. There is currently a supermarket in Berlin as well as an online shop.


Evelina Kudabaitė

GIRIA is a homeware collection made from leaves and the bark dust of ash-, oak- and pine trees. The used materials give it a unique texture, varying in colour and roughness of the surface. The tableware is shaped by hand, oiled and dried over a span of weeks. Every item is one-of-a-kind and changes over time, depending on use. As a material study the project enhances natural waste by turning it into precious items.

Enabling & Moving


Green Dream Boats

The SollinEr yacht is powered by solar panels fitted on top of an automatically retractable roof. The boat can accelerate to 12 km/h. It runs silently and even on a cloudy day. When fully charged, it can cruise at night for 18 hours. Thanks to its aerodynamic hull, the water resistance is especially low. Light materials also reduce the weight of the yacht. The boating experience is thus improved and resource consumption is reduced.


Siemens AG
Design: Designworks, a BMW Group Company

The focal elements in the development of the Inspiro metro platform were energy efficiency and environmental acceptability – all the way from production up to daily operation, as well as almost complete recyclability. The weight of a six-train has been reduced by around 18 tonnes through lightweight construction and a weight-optimised chassis. Due to the pleasant interior design, passengers enjoy their travel time and use the metro more frequently.


StreetScooter GmbH

StreetScooter has developed an electric mobility concept especially for Deutsche Post. The eco-friendly E-utility vehicle was developed with the requirements of the delivery of letters and parcels in mind, reducing the physical strain for the carrier. The lightweight construction keeps production costs low, while the modular system enables the production of different versions of the vehicle.


Circular Economy Solutions GmbH

CoremanNet enables a circular economy with a smart IT solution and an international logistic network. One example for the circular economy approach is the remanufacturing of used parts within the automotive industry. Used parts are collected, identified, evaluated, and sorted before being returned to a defined destination for future processing. During the remanufacturing process, the components are dismantled, cleaned and replaced. The remanufactured parts, all of equal quality, are more affordable than new components and protect the environment by saving CO2, energy, and raw material.

Recycling and Upcycling of Used Vehicles

Tevo namai

The non-profit organisation Tevo namai is engaged in the re-socialisation of former prisoners. By offering training programs that focus on the former inmates’ skills, the organisation initiates new business opportunities. One of these training programs focuses in particular on the recycling and upcycling of used vehicles: the former convicts are recruited for car service companies, where they remove damaged car parts in order to repair and to refurbish them for reuse or sale. By doing so, the project facilitates the circulation of otherwise dismissed materials into the production chain, and enables the return of former prisoners into business and society. The foundation is also engaged in pollution control: together with a partner, the project produces and distributes biological probiotics that are used for the cleaning of sewage and polluted waters.



In 2015, close to 2.5 billion people lacked access to basic sanitation worldwide. Lack of sanitation is a major contributor to diseases like diarrhoea and cholera, killing over a million children every year. Peepoo is a personal, single-use toilet that sanitises human excreta shortly after use, thereby preventing faeces from contaminating the immediate environment as well as the surrounding ecosystem. Ergonomically designed and using the minimum amount of material necessary to provide maximum hygienic sanitation, Peepoo is cost-efficient to produce. Since Peepoo is affordable for those with the weakest purchasing power, it offers a sanitation choice that benefits both individuals and society as a whole.

Better Shelter

Better Shelter

Better Shelter is designed to help the millions of people worldwide who have fled armed conflicts, persecution or natural disasters. It is a temporary one room post-emergency shelter with semi-hard, opaque walls. Better Shelter has four windows, a lockable door and a high ceiling, enabling users to stand upright inside. Its modular design makes it adaptable for different uses and locations. The shelter can be anchored to the ground and will withstand rain, snow and strong winds. It can easily be dismantled, moved and reassembled. Components of the Better Shelter units can be replaced individually, the roof and wall panels are recyclable. A solar powered lamp provides light during the hours of darkness. The shelter is designed to provide residents with a higher level of safety, security and dignity than a tent.


SOLARKIOSK AG, founded by GRAFT GmbH and Andreas Spiess

SOLARKIOSK provides clean and affordable energy to regions that previously relied on costly, polluting energy. It operates as an independent energy source for the rural population in off-grid communities. Solar panels and batteries generate solar energy independently from the power grid. The kiosk can run for three days after only five hours of sunshine, either to charge mobile phones or to cool medication. SOLARKIOSK also offers an inclusive business model cooperating directly with local people and developing their community. The electrical components are manufactured in Germany, and local materials are used for the remaining parts. SOLARKIOSK can thus be assembled anywhere, thanks to its modular building structure designed by GRAFT.



RagBag facilitates complication-free donation of clothing. Folded inside-out, the shopping bag turns into a pre-stamped shipping bag. The clothing donation must only be placed into the shipping bag and put in the post. Consumers thus support aid organisations and extend the life cycle of the used clothing. The project was initiated by the sustainable fashion brand Uniforms for the Dedicated.


Circular Devices Oy

PuzzlePhone is a long-lasting smartphone with three easy-to-change modules: the critical electronics, the display and the battery. This makes the PuzzlePhone easy to upgrade, easy to customize, and easy to repair. In addition, the PuzzleLab provides companies and brands who wish to join the project with a ready-made standard: the PuzzlePhone Open Standard ensures that both firmware and hardware of accessories as well as upgrades are fully compatible and interchangeable. PuzzlePhone is currently under development. It is designed, engineered, manufacturedand assembled in Europe.

Dressing & Wearing

Sustainability and Other Stories

MAYYA SALIBA design & sustainability

Can Circular Economy reconcile the paradox of fast fashion and sustainability? Sustainability and Other Stories is both a case study and fashion collection. The pieces in the collection were designed for circularity using different techniques to close the loop. The project aims to reinforce the political role of design and explore the link between consumption and social behaviour in a globalised world.

PYUA – Ecorrect Outerwear

Sportsman‘s Delight GmbH

The functional clothing brand PYUA manufactures winter sports clothing from previously recycled or recyclable materials in the so-called Closed-Loop Recycling System. This system avoids resource waste and reduces CO2 emissions. The fluorocarbon-free fittings set a high standard: the polyester laminate Climaloop, which is developed specially for impregnation, is pollutant-free. The accompanying repair service contributes to prolonging the service life.

Pure Waste Textiles

Pure Waste Textiles LTD.

Pure Waste Textiles makes 100 per cent recycled yarns, fabrics, and ready-made garments. The raw material for the textiles is collected from two main sources – cutting clips from ‘cut, make and trim’–factories and yarn waste from spinning and weaving mills. Sorted by colour and quality, the textiles are mechanically opened back into fibres. Depending on the final use of the fabric, the cotton waste can then be mixed with chemically recycled polyester or viscose fibres and spun into yarns. Knitted or woven, the yarns undergo a finishing process and are cut into the final product. No harmful chemicals are used during the recycling process. Each Pure Waste T-shirt saves up to 2,700 litres of water in comparison to a T-shirt made of virgin materials. 90 per cent of the energy used for in the recycling process comes from renewable energy.


Kleiderei Hamburg GmbH

Kleiderei is a lending service for clothing. For a fixed amount, subscribers receive a monthly package with four pieces of clothing to their home. The clothing is customised to suit subscribers’ respective taste, to which end a questionnaire has to be filled out during registration. The products consist of (young) design brands, selected vintage pieces, and donated clothes. The project facilitates a diverse wardrobe and the sampling of new styles – avoiding fast fashion or excess. Clothing can also be loaned ‘offline’ at the Kleiderei store in Cologne.


Aus Design Llc.

Traditional clothing manufacturing creates an average of up to 18 per cent textile leftovers. Upmade closes the loop by applying upcycling on an industrial scale and reducing the amount of textile leftovers. With the help of the Upmade software, excess materials are turned into garments. Waste is therefore brought back into the consumption chain. Upmade reduces production costs and CO2 emissions, while saving energy and water. The project provides a profitable and scalable solution to the problem of textile leftovers for any size of a brand. Brands and manufacturers can obtain a certification.

Reet Aus

Aus Design Llc.

The designer Reet Aus is dedicated to Slow Fashion. Her upcycled collection is made entirely from post-production leftovers. For her collections she uses the Upmade method, an industrial upcycling method that she has developed. The method involves a complete lifecycle analysis of the garments and enables the circulation of leftover materials back into the production chain. The ‘Reet Aus’ collection is therefore very efficient. For example, each Up-shirt saves on average 91 per cent water, 87 per cent energy and creates 80 per cent less CO2 in comparison to a conventionally produced T-shirt.

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


IDZ Event

Reconsider Design
at the M. Žilinskas Art Gallery in Kaunas, Lithuania

Our exhibition »Reconsider Design« will be shown as part of the Design Week Lithuania from 8 to 31 May in Kaunas, Lithuania. The exhibition showcases 30 outstanding examples for ecological design from the Baltic Sea region – from awareness and research projects to material studies to products from areas such as fashion or mobility. Opening: Tue, 8 May, 7pm.

Wednesday, 5/9/2018
IDZ Event

Ecodesign Roadshow
Workshop: Learning Factory for Ecodesign

On 9 May, the workshop »Learning Factory for Ecodesign« takes place at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. As part of the »Ecodesign Roadshow«, the training is open for professionals and teachers. The workshop aims to convey methods and tools to enable participants to design products and services for a Circular Economy.
Implementation: Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM.

More information coming soon.

Thursday, 6/14/2018
IDZ Event

EcoDesign Circle
Circular Design Forum in Berlin

IDZ Berlin is organizing an international conference on Circular Economy and Ecodesign on 14 June at the EUREF campus in Berlin. Alongside workshops, lectures and panels talks, the conference will host our exhibition »Reconsider Design«.

Thursday, 6/14/2018
IDZ Event

Reconsider Design
at the EUREF-Campus in Berlin

As part of the »Circular Design Forum« we will present our exhibition »Reconsider Design« at the EUREF-Campus in Berlin. The exhibition showcases 30 outstanding examples for ecological design from the Baltic Sea region – from awareness and research projects to material studies to products from areas such as fashion or mobility.

Past events

IDZ Event

Reconsider Design
at the Science Center Pilke in Rovaniemi

Our exhibition »Reconsider Design« will be shown at the Pilke Science Center in Rovaniemi, Finland starting 21 February. During the Arctic Design Week and the MISHMASH conference, the exhibition will serve as a »design check point«. The exhibition showcases 30 outstanding examples for ecological design from the Baltic Sea region – from awareness and research projects to material studies to products from areas such as fashion or mobility. More information on the Arctic Design Week and MISHMASH conference:

Wednesday, 2/21/2018
1.00 pm–4.00 pm

Ecodesign Roadshow
Workshop: Ecodesign Sprint / Circular Design

Lecturer: Anne Raudaskoski (Ethica)
In the framework of Arctic Design Week 2018.
More information:

IDZ Event

Reconsider Design
at the German Environment Agency in Dessau-Roßlau

Our exhibition »Reconsider Design« will be shown at the German Environment Agency (UBA) starting 13 July. The exhibition showcases 30 outstanding examples for ecological design from the Baltic Sea region – from awareness and research projects to material studies to products from areas such as fashion or mobility.
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IDZ Event

Reconsider Design
Travelling exhibition | Sustainable design in the Baltic Sea Region

Our travelling exhibition »Reconsider Design« will open at Gdynia Design Days Festival in Poland on June 30 at 18h. The exhibition presents 30 sustainable design projects from Germany, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. Workshops and lectures will offer further insights into sustainable design practices.

Thursday, 7/6/2017
6.00 pm–6.45 pm

Ecodesign Roadshow
Lecture: Wheat bran as the future of single-use objects

Lecturer: Artur Bednarz (Biotrem)
In the framework of Gdynia Design Days 2017. Free admission.
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Thursday, 7/6/2017
5.00 pm–5.45 pm

Ecodesign Roadshow
Lecture: Upcycling as an innovative trend in art, design and responsible business

Lecturer: Agata Frankiewicz (DEKO EKO)
In the framework of Gdynia Design Days 2017. Free admission.
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Thursday, 7/6/2017
4.00 pm–4.45 pm

Ecodesign Roadshow
Lecture: How to design recyclable packaging?

Lecturer: Marta Krawczyk (Rekopol)
In the framework of Gdynia Design Days 2017. Free admission.
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Thursday, 7/6/2017
7.00 pm–8.00 pm

Ecodesign Roadshow
Discussion: »EcoDesign Circle – Ecodesign as a Driver of Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region«

with: Artur Bednarz (Biotrem), Conrad Dorer (Umweltbundesamt), Agata Frankiewicz (DEKO EKO), Paulina Kisiel (Gdynia Design Centre), Mikołaj Żejmo (maradDesign)

In the framework of Gdynia Design Days 2017. Free admission.
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