What is it all about?

Ecodesign is about more than just energy efficient refrigerators and bags that are made from recycled materials. Ecodesign is about the entire lifecycle of a product - from the raw material extraction to the production, distribution and use of a product as well as its recycling or disposal. In addition to questions about energy consumption and a responsible use of resources, Ecodesign considers user behavior, longevity and reparability.


Good design lasts longer – and the longer a product lasts, the better for the environment. This is not just a question of choice of materials and construction but also a question of aesthetics. Ecodesign gives equal consideration to aspects of aesthetics, functionality, usability, sustainability and ecology.

Products, services and systems

In short, Ecodesign is good design that benefits humans and the environment alike. It does not only concentrate on the design of material goods, but also on the environmentally friendly and user-friendly design of services and systems. Our world is largely man-made - or rather "designer-made". Things and processes are usually not random the way they are, they are planned, designed and finally built and implemented. In doing so, resources are consumed and waste and pollutants often accumulate polluting our health and the environment.

Basic principles

An important goal of Ecodesign is therefore to design products, services and systems in a way in which their negative impact on the environment is minimized at all stages of their lives. Basic principles are life-cycle thinking, longevity (including aesthetic longevity!), the responsible use of resources and the prevention of pollutants and waste.

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