Our aim is to contribute to the implementation of the principles of ecodesign and circular business development and promote new ways of thinking among Estonian designers and companies.
Although the sustainability and eco-design should be a part of the organization’s overall design process and business strategy to maintain and improve their products and services, it is still not easily measured and managed with traditional methods. There are no universal standards for carrying out an audit that covers different ecodesign/circular design aspects in the organization. Therefore, there is a need for a systematic assessment approach to drive improvement of the eco-design process.
EcoDesign Circle 4.0 Project
An international team of design centres, public authorities, research institutions and design practitioners has been working together since 2016 to strengthen awareness and practical application of the “design approach” to circular economy across the Baltic Sea Region. In the first three years, partners from Germany, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden hosted exhibitions and workshops, offered consulting and education programmes, and created networks.
Now, eight partners (including a new partner from Russia) are adapting and promoting various tools and workshop formats developed in the first phase, such as the EcoDesign Sprint. These offers are aimed at both designers and environmental experts who want to deepen their environmental and design competence. As services and digital platforms play a central role in the development of modern circular business models, we have made them the focus of our extension project “EcoDesign Circle 4.0”.
EcoDesign Circle 4.0 is an extension stage project in the framework of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme. It is co-financed by funds from the European Regional Development Fund, the European Neighbourhood Instrument and the Russian Federation. The Lead Partner is the German Environment Agency. EcoDesign Circle 4.0 follows on from the 2016-2019 Interreg BSR project EcoDesign Circle and will run until January 2021.
Read more about EcoDesign project here
Join EcoDesign 4.0 Facebook group here
Ecodesign Competence Network (BEDA cluster)
What is EcoDesign Audit
EcoDesign Audit has been developed by Sustainable Design Lab (SDL) of Estonian Academy of Arts as a part of the project “EcoDesign Circle: EcoDesign as a driver of innovation in the Baltic Sea Region”, partly funded by European Union Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) programme. EcoDesign Audit is meant for small and medium size organizations (SMEs), design organizations and designers. The audit recommendations will help the organizations to establish the basis for moving forward with product and business development.
The current EcoDesign Audit methodology is based on knowldege and experiences of previous similar initiatives of Estonian Design Centre and Sustainable Design Lab in coaching companies in the design supports programmes (EDC stratedic design support programme Design Bulldozer).
Download EcoDesign Audit here
EcoDesign Sustainability Guide
EcoDesign Sprint: How to create circular business?