The main goal of Ecodesign is to design products and services as sustainable as possible by finding intelligent ways of using resources and energy, and by avoiding substances that are harmful to the environment and health as well as keeping production waste to a minimum. Life-cycle-thinking and longevity along with the responsible handling of harmful substances and the avoidance of pollutants and waste are the main principles of Ecodesign.

With the professional and financial support of the German Federal Environmental Foundation the IDZ has been conducting the project »Ecodesign as contribution to an environmental conscious and material-efficient product design« from 2015 to 2018. Its aim was to strengthen the market acceptance of Ecodesign among small and medium-sized enterprises and to sensitize design offices and agencies for this subject. To spread more knowledge and know-how about Ecodesign processes, technologies, environmentally compatible materials, ecological principles, longevity and reparability, the IDZ organized workshops, a travelling exhibition presenting the nominees and winners of the German Federal Ecodesign Award, and accompanying events such as symposia, panel discussions and networking meet-ups.

Core target group of the project were small and medium-sized enterprises that have little to no prior experiences with applying Ecodesign principles and criteria. The project aimed to address and encourage company representatives (ranging from the product designer and constructor to the marketing manager) just as well as designers to apply and get inspired by ecological principles.





Impressions





Exhibition stops 2018

1/15–2/18/2018
IDZ Event

Exhibition at MIK Museum Information Kunst Ludwigsburg
Ecodesign for SME

The kick-off event for the environmental communication project and the opening of the touring exhibition take place in Ludwigsburg on January 15, 2018.
From January 15 till February 18 we are showcasing the exhibition of the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017 at the MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg.

Monday, 2/12/2018
IDZ Event

Workshop „Ecodesign“
at MIK Ludwigsburg

On February 12, 2018, Dr. Ulrike Eberle will conduct a workshop on the topic "Ecodesign: Evaluating products and services on environmental and sustainable aspects" at MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg. Participation will be for free.

To register please send an e-mail to medien@ludwigsburg.de .

5/29–6/3/2018
IDZ Event

Exhibition at the 30th Coburg Design Days
Ecodesign for SME

From May 29 to June 3, the exhibition "New Conceptions" with the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017 will be part of the 30th Coburg Design Days.

Details about the program will be available soon.

10/16–11/4/2018
IDZ Event

Exhibition at the Grassi Museum of Applied Arts
Ecodesign for SME

From October 16 to November 4, the exhibition "New Conceptions" with the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017 will be presented at the Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig.

Program:

October 21, 4 pm:
Guided tour with Sabine Epple (curator GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts)

October 30, 6 pm:
Lecture "dispose – reuse – recycle. Strategies, difficulties and potentials for the development of sustainable products", Prof. Mareike Gast (Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle)



Past events

9/29–11/19/2017
IDZ Event

Exhibition at Darmstadt

From 15 September till 19 November we are showcasing our exhibition "More than beautiful: The winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2016" at the Designhaus in Darmstadt.
The vernissage takes place on 29 September.

Saturday, 10/7/2017
2.00 pm–3.30 pm

Workshop "Digital Tools for sustainable development"

During the annual designerinnen forum conference the Designhaus Darmstadt will offer a workshop on "Digital tools for a sustainable development" by Stefan Bohle (futurestrategy).

Application: designerinnen-forum.org

Saturday, 10/7/2017
10.30 am–11.30 am

Lecture "Die Matrix von mehr als schön"

During the annual designerinnen forum conference the Designhaus Darmstadt will offer a lecture on "The matrix of more than beautiful" by Dorothea Hess, who will be talking about evaluating environment and design, product-life-cycles, and the effect on every-day life culture as well as the process and criteria of conducting evaluations according to the sustainability-codex.

Application: designerinnen-forum.org

7/13–8/27/2017
IDZ Event

Exhibition at German Environmental Agency in Dessau

The opening of the touring exhibition "more than beautiful" at Federal German Environment Agency in Dessau takes place on 13 July 2017. Speakers will be Dr. Thomas Holzmann, Vice President of the Federal German Environment Agency, and Dr. Claudia Perren, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. The exhibition with the winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2016 will be shown at the UBA foyer until the end of august 2017.

For directions and opening hours please visit: umweltbundesamt.de

Monday, 7/17/2017
10.00 am–6.00 pm
IDZ Event

Workshop about ecodesign in education
at the German Environment Agency Dessau

At 17 July there will be a workshop about ecodesign in design education for free at the German Environment Agency in Dessau. It is open for companies, design teachers, students as well as designers who are interested in sustainable design. The workshop is at no charge and will be held in German language.

More information
Registration

Friday, 6/30/2017
IDZ Event

Circular Design @OSCEdays
Agora Rollberg, Berlin

In cooperation with Berlin Partner for Economy and technology, IDZ arranges an event in the context of OSCEdays Berlin 2017 focussed on circular design: how can designers contribute to closed loop recycling management? It includes lectures, best practice examples, a discussion, a world cafe and information about aids for projects.

Programme: community.oscedays.org

To participate for free, please register via hannes.lebert@berlin-partner.de with your name and institution or company.

Further information about the OSCEdays: oscedays.org

Tuesday, 5/30/2017
4.00 pm–6.00 pm

+Material seminar: HELLER-LEDER
WissenschaftsForum Berlin

Sustainable design requires knowledge and experience of new materials. On 30 of May the BAU International Berlin and IDZ invites for a lecture focussed on producing eco-friendly leather.

Frank Fiedler, CEO of HELLER-LEDER GmbH & Co. KG, talks about tanning and graftage of high-quality leather. HELLER-LEDER sets a high value on ecological dyeing using leaves of olive trees.

Tuesday, 5/23/2017
4.00 pm–6.00 pm

+Material seminar II: TABU, colours of wood
BAU International Berlin

Sustainable design requires knowledge and experience of new materials. On 23 of May the University of Applied Sciences BAU International invites for a lecture focussed on dying woods.

TABU, the world leader in dyeing wood introduces their sophisticated and advanced technologies. In +MATERIAL seminar, TABU and Prof. Alessandra Angelini, the long term experimental research partner of TABU, will present their state-of-the art products, sharing their stories how to explore the potentials of natural-industrial materials to create one of the most innovative wood product in the world.

bauinternational-berlin.de

Thursday, 5/11/2017
IDZ Event

Exhibition in Berlin

On 11 Mai the exhibition “More than beautiful” will be shown in the framework of the conference „Wider die Verschwendung III“ of the German Federal Environment Agency at Jerusalemkirche Berlin.

Registration to the conference „Wider die Verschwendung III“
Catering expenses: 20,00 €

3/21–4/9/2017
IDZ Event

Exhibition at MIK Ludwigsburg

The kick-off event for the environmental communication project and the opening of the touring exhibition take place at Scala in Ludwigsburg on 20st March at 7 p.m.

From 21st March till 09th April we are showcasing the exhibition of the winners and nominees 2016 at the MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg.

Wednesday, 4/5/2017
12.30 pm–1.30 pm
IDZ Event

German Federal Ecodesign Award
Guided tour through the exhibition at MIK Ludwigsburg

The "Museumspause" is a guided tour through the exhibition "More than beautiful: The winners and nominees of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2016" by Tanino Bellanca. It starts at 12.30 am and costs 5 €, coffee included.

Monday, 3/27/2017
IDZ Event

Workshop about Ecodesign
at MIK Ludwigsburg

On March 27, 2017, Dr. Ulrike Eberle will conduct a workshop on the topic "Ecodesign: Evaluating products and services on environmental and sustainable aspects" at MIK Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg. Participation will be for free.

To register please send an e-mail to medien@ludwigsburg.de .



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